AAIFF43 Presents: Comedy Night

Join some of the funniest API stand-up and sketch comedians from NYC and beyond for a night of laughter and jokes. The full line up has arrived!

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Guest Speakers

  • Veronica Dang

    Veronica Dang

    Veronica Dang is an award-winning director/actor/writer and comedian. You may have seen her on TV or teaching people about Yellow Fever at comedy clubs around NYC. Check out her internationally acclaimed webseries Subway: The Series, which is on Marie Claire’s list of “Webseries You’ll Want to Ditch Netflix for”. She is also a 2 time AAIFF alum and is happy to be back again this year hosting and producing AAIFF43 Comedy Night.


  • Stephen Lin

    Stephen Lin

    Parts from China
    Made in Taiwan, R.O.C.
    Designed in the USA
    (Some Assembly Required) (:  

    Born in Taiwan & raised in Bergen County, NJ.  You may watch Stephen on programs such as the Emmy-Award winning series Mr. Robot & Master of None, HBO’s critically-acclaimed series High Maintenance, & Syfy’s Happy!  

    Film credits include collaborations with Academy Award winning Tom McCarthy on The Cobbler, Academy Award Winning Barry Jenkins on Tall Enough, Academy Award nominee Rebecca Miller on Maggie’s Plan, & Nick Sandow’s Ponies.  Network TV credits includes CBS FBI: Most Wanted & Unforgettable.  Mandarin Coach for Jennifer Lopez & Amazon’s The Dangerous Book for Boys.  

    Born in Keelung, Taiwan & came to the United States at 5 years old. He graduated from Rutgers University with a degree in Philosophy, History, and Economics & attended The Lee Strasberg Institute.  5 years Wall Street experience – 3 at Lehman Brothers, 2 at Merrill Lynch.  Speaks Mandarin & English fluently.

  • Aparna Nancherla

    Aparna Nancherla

    Aparna started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington D.C. and now resides in New York City. 2016’s Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue, featured her as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene. She is a series regular in Comedy Central’s Corporate and has reprised her role in season 3 of HBO’s CRASHING. Aparna is also featured in the second season of Netflix’s The Standups. Other television credits include Apple TV+’s Mythic Quest: Raven’s Banquet, Netflix’s Master of None and LOVE, HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, appearing as a US correspondent for Dave’s (UK) Unspun with Matt Forde, and Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman. In 2018 she makes her feature debut in the Paul Feig movie A Simple Favor.  Her TV stand up appearances include Seeso’s stand up series Night Train with Wyatt Cenac, season 2 of Comedy Central’s Meltdown as well as Adam Devine’s House Party.  In 2013,she made her late night stand up debut on TBS’s Conan and was one of the breakout New Faces at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal. Her TV writing credits include Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as being a regular correspondent/writer on FX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell.  She is also an alumna of the NBC Stand Up for Diversity program and currently headlines throughout the world and has been seen at a number of festivals including Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, Portland’s Bridgetown Comedy Festival, Moontower, SF Sketchfest, DC’s Bentzen Ball, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo and Dublin’s Vodaphone Comedy Festival. Aparna’s been featured on and in NPR, Reader’s Digest, The Huffington Post, The Washington Post Magazine, XM Radio, and Slate V.

  • Model Majority

    Model Majority

    Model Majority is NYC’s premier Asian American sketch comedy team. Since their debut in 2018, their sold-out performances have been on TimeOut NY’s list of “Best Comedy Shows in NYC”, New York Times “5 Comedy Shows to Catch in NYC This Weekend” and “8 Things To Do This Weekend” and much more. Team members have appeared on SNL, Comedy Central, Tracy Morgan’s The Last OG, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, Blue Bloods, Step Up 3, Blacklist, Ray Donovan, New Amsterdam, Law & Order: SVU; in Broadway shows, UCB, top comedy clubs and festivals and much more.


  • Jocelyn Chia

    Jocelyn Chia

    Jocelyn Chia is a lawyer turned comedian originally from Singapore. She has been featured in Vulture, Her World, South China Morning Post, The Business Times Arts section and cnbc.com, and was recently named one of Singapore’s top comedians by Buro. She has been on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, MTV and Comedy Central.  She is a recipient of the “Rising Star Award – Comedy” at the Asian American Television and Film Festival.

  • Erik Escobar

    Erik Escobar

    Erik Escobar is a comedian who has performed all over the United States at clubs, colleges, and theatres independently, with the Almost Asian Comedy Tour, and opening for acts such as Rex Navarrete and Jerry Seinfeld. You can catch him on NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Buzzfeed, VH1, the upcoming feature film VHYes alongside Tim Robbins and Thomas Lennon, and his own TEDTalk out of Carroll College in 2020. He holds a Masters in Fine Arts in Comedy Theory and Studies from Goddard College and resides in Los Angeles, CA with his shih tzu, Rancor.

  • Divya Gunasekaran

    Divya Gunasekaran

    Divya Gunasekaran is an up-and-coming comedian based in New York who has been seen on stages across NYC, Chicago, and Seattle. In 2020, she performed at the first annual NYC Asian Comedy Festival at The PIT and at the International Lady Laughs Comedy Festival.

    With a sharp sense of humor, she weaves together social commentary, self-deprecation, and previously repressed childhood memories.


    She is perhaps best known for her role as Bjork in a rendition of SNL’s “Celebrity Jeopardy” for an 8th grade talent show. Her mother has no recollection of this.


    Stand Up Clip


  • Helen Hong

    Helen Hong

    A fan favorite on the hit NPR podcast Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me, Helen Hong plays Tracy the Head of HR on Silicon Valley and Emma the thirsty widow on The Unicorn. Helen was featured in the Coen Brothers’ film Inside Llewyn Davis, and the Netflix film The Babysitter: Killer Queen. 

    Helen’s standup comedy has been seen on The Arsenio Hall Show, Last Call with Carson Daly and the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. Her sharp wit on current events have gotten her on CNN, The Young Turks and The Stephanie Miller Show. Her opinion videos on NowThis have surpassed 12 million views, and she hosts the celebrity trivia podcast Go Fact Yourself on the Maximum Fun Network. Helen has performed for the troops in the Middle East and for international audiences in Asia, Europe and Latin America. She always wants to pet your dog and have a bite of your donut. DO NOT LET HER HAVE THE WHOLE DONUT.

  • Kate Rigg

    Kate Rigg

    Kate Rigg is an Amerasian comedian. Trained at the Juilliard School as an actor, she found a real spiritual home on comedy club stages and in festivals around the world because she LOVES to make people laugh, and think, and then laugh some more. She has been seen at the Montreal Comedy Festival, The Vancouver Comedy Festival, The Perth International Festival, numerous comedy clubs around NYC and LA, and on Comedy Central’s “Women of the Night”, Showtime’s “Hot Tamales”, NBC “Late Friday”, LOGO’s “On Night Standup” as well as performing voices on the Family Guy and 3 seasons as a comedic correspondent for The Dr. Phil show.

  • Anhtriet Tran

    Anhtriet Tran

    Anhtriet Tran is a stand-up comedian and writer based in Manhattan. He performs all over the city, touching on the subjects of modern romance, race, and the Asian American experience. He was has been featured in the Asian Comedy Festival and the Today Show. He has also been featured on media platforms such as CNN, NowThis, and CBS Inside Edition.

  • Angel Yau

    Angel Yau

    Angel Yau is a Queens born and raised actor, comedian and filmmaker.  She founded Asian American Film Thing, an all AAPI film show where filmmakers are encouraged to show Work in Progress.  She is also proudly in the all woman, all Asian- American musical comedy, AzN PoP! 

    Angel’s stop-motions is where she explores her childhood in comedic but heartfelt ways dealing with solitude, rejection and alienation.  “Curtain Call” is a recent animation that has gotten into a few festivals like “Animation Day in Cannes”,” International Lighthouse Festival”, “DC APA Film Festival”, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival and more!  (Don’t worry it also got rejected from a bunch of festivals too.) 

    Angel just had a BBC short doc out on being a comedian dealing with mental health.  Angel’s dream is to have a special with her animations, comedy acts and her pug, Mush! Netflix? Hi!