In nearly 10 years of live comedy club-going, I've seen hundreds of white stand-ups, dozens of black or brown ones and less than a handful of people who look like me -- i.e., Asian. Strange, because comedy audiences have changed so much. The comics on the cleverly titled A-List Comedy Tour are trying to balance out that diversity equation. Likeable comic Ron Josol heads up a kick-ass crew that includes Sugar Sammy, Jeffrey Yu, Paul Bae and host (and token black guy) Gilson Lubin. The nationwide tour hits the John Bassett Theatre Saturday (October 14). Let's represent, people.
The lineup for the tour is all guys. How come? I don't know. I've been looking for female Asian comics, but I think they're hiding - or took off to live in San Francisco.
Least favourite Asian stereotype? That we all look the same.
Which stereotype actually applies to you? I'm guilty of driving a souped-up Honda.
Favourite Asian character on prime time TV? Hiro Nakamura (Masi Oka) in the new NBC series Heroes. His character is very pure and childlike, a big kid at heart - kind of like me.
Favourite Ron -- McLean, Jeremy or McDonald? I'm not into hockey or Mr. Jeremy, but I have some treasured memories of good ol' Ronnie. Birthdays, McDLTs and high cholesterol.
Would you ever open for Margaret Cho? I'd love to. But she never returns my e-mails.
What'd you score for winning the Just For Laughs Homegrown Competition? A plaque, which I hang under my computer graphics college diploma in the cellar, beside a picture of me and Donnie Osmond.
Any leads on Halloween costumes? The Rock, Odd Job (the Asian villain from the James Bond movies) or a Samoan baby.
TV guilty pleasure? So You Think You Can Dance. I watch it to study my competition.