May 12

HAAPI Times: Asian Stand-up Comedy Showcase

HAAPI Times: Asian Stand-up Comedy Showcase,

ft Justin Um, Lộc Leo Nguyễn, Kim Villamera, Prince Arora, Christian Escoto, Kasha Patel, Steven Chen,
Jammin Java All Ages
Doors 4:30PM | Show 6PM

About the event

Justin Um is an American-born Korean with a natural ability to connect and engage with various audiences through his unwavering happiness. He describes his style of clean comedy as “empathetic humor”, which is exhibited by his love and genuine affection for people. Justin has hosted for Ian Bagg, Geoffrey Asmus, Matt Fulchiron, Irene Tu, and Ahmed Al-kadri.

Lộc “Leo” Nguyễn is a comedian based in Washington D.C. Originally from Sài Gòn, Việt Nam, Leo came to the United States at 17 and started to perform stand-up comedy in college while studying Politics and Theater. Since 2015, Leo has performed at LA’s Laugh Factory, Boston Comedy Festival, Chicago’s Lincoln Lodge, NYC’s Triad Theater. Leo is also a community builder, who produced stand-up comedy shows that highlight Asian talents in DC and New York City. In Việt Nam, Leo co-founded “Local Lầy”- a collective of comedians, DJs, show producers, and drag artists that are leading the underground alternative entertainment scene in Sài Gòn.

Kim Villamera is an up and coming DMV Comedian. She has performed at venues such as the Coalition Theater, the Virginia Beach and Richmond  Funny bone, and Perkinson Center. She has Opened/ hosted for Hannah Brener, Nate Jackson, Dylan Adler, Emma Willmann and Jackie Kashian. She is the first Asian Woman to ever win the Virginia Beach Comedy Roast Championship.  Born in the Philippines and home grown in Richmond, her comedic style of storytelling is rich with social awkwardness and truly a testament of the human experience.

Prince Arora is a DC based comic that hails the attention of crowds by fusing his Indian roots with his American lifestyle. His humorous experiences of culture shock in the workplace, relationships and the day-to-day quirks that come with being an immigrant make people fall in love with his stories and charm. He has performed across the DC comedy scene, universities and recently left his mark at Capital One Hall, opening for India’s #1 comedian, Zakir Khan, for an audience of 1,500 people

Born and raised in Washington, D.C., Christian Escoto began performing comedy after his high school graduation. Since then, he regularly performs around the DC area and the Baltimore region. Using his quick wit and stage persona, Christian entertains the audience with jokes and stories about growing up in DC area as a Filipino-American. He has performed multiple times at the DC Drafthouse Comedy Theater, the DC Improv, the Howard Theater and has opened for Jordan Klepper, Adam Ferrara, Sheng Wang, Robin Tran, Helen Hong and JR De Guzman. He currently tours colleges all across the country.

Kasha Patel was named one of the “Best Undiscovered Comedians” in the U.S. by Thrillist magazine because of her unique voice that couples life as an Indian-American and her love for science. She produces science-themed comedy shows through her company DC Science Comedy. She gave a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up,” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. She has been featured on NPR, BBC World, Travel Channel, The Science Channel, The Weather Channel, and hosted a miniseries on NASA TV.

Steven Chen is a comedian from the DC area, who started standing up in 2012. He’s a local favorite and performs regularly at Hotbed and the DC Improv, and has been featured on Underground Comedy Fest, 50 First Jokes, PBS, Limestone Comedy Festival (2022), and Asian Comedy Fest (2023). Walt Whitman once wrote, “standup for the stupid and crazy” and Steven thought, “hey, that’s not a bad idea.” His observations blur the lines between brilliance and idiocy, but at the end of the day, he’s just a darling fool.

This show is at Jammin Java

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