FTH at HOME: Crazy Talented Asians & Friends
Facebook Live Session #1 on SAT, 5/30, 6 PM EDT: Animation Shorts
Facebook Live Session #2 on SAT, 5/30, 8:30 PM EDT: Live Comedy
Come celebrate APA Heritage Month with our brand new production “Crazy Talented Asians & Friends”. Come watch live on Flushing Town Hall's at Home. Our curated animation short films will wow you with the animators’ creative digital art and storytelling talents. Roll on the floor laughing as our comedians share their authentic experiences live.
Each program is one hour long, with the Animation Shorts starting at 6:00 PM, and the Live Comedy at 8:30 PM, both on May 30th Saturday. To watch this live, simply tune into Flushing Town Hall Facebook Page on Saturday, May 30 at 6 PM EDT & 8:30 PM EDT
The animation shorts were selected from the top 4% of several hundred submissions. They showcase wide-ranging life experiences in masterful art direction, storytelling, animation, production quality and sound design. These short films movingly tell the story of a mother and son’s struggle to express their love, about two painters battling over space to paint in their own style, about making life choices, on the ever-present stress of urban living, and many other nuanced experiences.
The live comedy hour will be hosted by Otter Lee and Aarushi Agni, featuring hilarious New York City-based comedians and comedy groups, including Dylan Adler, Nadia Iqbal, Michael Cruz Kayne, Srilatha Rajamani, Angel Yau and Overstep Comedy comedians Aarushi Agni, Jatin Chhugani, Jonathan Lu, Christian Luu, Andy Shartzer, Helen Shih and Migina Tsai.
Michael Kayne performs, writes, directs, and produces at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He recently appeared on the Late Night with Seth Meyers TV show. Michael has been seen in What I Did For Love, Baby Wants Candy, Improv Everywhere, Funny Or Die, Above Average, reddit, and College Humor. He has written for Nickelodeon Netflix, the Inner Circle event for Mayor de Blasio, Ben Stiller, Anthony Atamaniuk, Denis O'Hare, and others.
Dylan Adler is a comedian, actor, and musician. He has performed musical comedy at the New York Comedy Festival and hosts musical comedy show “Baby Grand” at The Stand. He performs sketch on Maude Night at UCB on his team “Young Douglas” and also co-hosts variety show Woke AF at UCB Subculture. He co-hosts Just Come every Tuesday at the Graham and performs musical improv on People’s Improv Theatre house team “Punch Funk” every Monday.
Otter Lee is an actor, playwright, comedian, and voiceover artist born and raised in New York City. He produced and co-organized New York City’s First Asian Comedy Festival at the PIT in January 2020. His sketch, standup, and improv have appeared at such venues as the Upright Citizens Brigade, Face-Off Unlimited, Caveat, Union Hall, The Magnet, The Asian American Writer’s Workshop, and Buzzfeed. He co-founded Overstep Comedy which has performed sketch to sold-out venues in Manhattan. Their live performances cover a broad array of relatable Asian American experiences.
Aarushi Agni hosts a monthly stand-up comedy showcase A Slice of Funny, in Manhattan and performs sketch with Overstep Comedy. She also appeared in, and composed music for, the 2019 film Poets are the Destroyers and wrote for the award-winning teen web series, SociCircle. She is a 2018-19 recipient of Pratt Center's Taconic Fellowship.
In partnership with the non-profit Charles B. Wang Community Health Center, which has provided comprehensive primary medical care since 1971 with over 300,000 annual service visits, Overstep Comedy will also perform a sketch on mental health to help de-stigmatize this important topic in Asian American communities which is even more pressing in this COVID-19 pandemic environment.