Asian Representation is Officially FIXED With Too Many Asians!
Too Many Asians! is live one-man characters show by actor, comedian, and writer Woody Fu. Watch him become a KPOP boy band, a very confident pigeon and more in a series of tight comedy sketches. After half an hour, you will be an Asian ally or dead, GUARANTEED. Directed by Hunter Nelson.
Woody has appeared on Comedy Central, HBO, TBS, FX and The New York Times. He is a lead in the feature Lucky Grandma, which premiered at Tribeca Film Festival 2019.
He performs regularly on Characters Welcome, Maude Night and Baby Wants Candy at UCB. He was a cast member of Boom Chicago (Amsterdam), and Thrones! The Musical Parody (Edinburgh Fringe). His one-man show Asian Gracefully toured New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Austin, and Toronto. He is 100% Irish.
Here’s an article about the show from Broke-Ass Stuart:
How many times have you gone to a sketch comedy show and thought “This is great but there’s not enough Asians”? Woody Fu has got you covered with his new one man show Too Many Asians. He’s playing everything from all the members of an absurd K-Pop band to Keanu Reeves. “The joke,” says Fu, “Is that you might not see a lot of Asian performers performing live comedy and after seeing this show you will think that was too many Asians, I didn’t want that many Asians.”
As a comedian and actor Fu has come up against the limitations many Asian performers face.
“In general, if you’re an Asian guy, there’s a pretty limited number of roles available for you. They’re basically five roles they’re just dressed differently – tech nerd, delivery guy, third friend, nail salon technician and villainized ‘other’.” Putting together his own one man show gives him the ability to play a range of characters he might not get offered elsewhere. “These are characters that I wrote for myself that I thought it would be fun to play.”
Too Many Asians sees Fu playing an overly confident NYC pigeon, “They don’t care. They never get out of your way”, to the previously mentioned K-Pop band members who reveal things to the audience like which one’s really 45 years old. He also plays god and an enthusiastic breakdancer trying to buy a used car among many more characters.
While he’s been creating his own art Fu has noticed a shift towards more opportunities for Asian performers in the industry. The success of Crazy Rich Asians and Fresh Off The Boat have opened some doors but it isn’t enough. “There’s been a lot more awareness about representation, and I do think it’s getting better, but I also think it takes a long time. I think it takes years or decades to actually have perceptions shift because you’re always building on the back of the previous thing that happened. The rate of change is glacial.”
Woody Fu isn’t sitting around and waiting for Hollywood to cast more Asian performers. In addition to his one man show, he also has a YouTube channel where you can see his sketch comedy about things like the struggles of finding porn starring an Asian man and a white woman or what Santa would be like if he were Chinese (instead of elves he employs children). Does Fu worry about venturing into stereotypes? “As a comedian, you never want to get a blood laugh, a laugh for the wrong reasons. I think you can make a comedy about anything especially more controversial issues like race or politics you just have to get the audience there the right way.”
UCB Hell’s Kitchen
555 W 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
• Sept 18, 10:30pm
*Paired with: “Elena Skopetos: Impressing My Dad”
Join comedian Elena Skopetos as she takes you on a ride to meet some of her best characters all while desperately trying to impress her father. Music? You know it. Dance? Of course. A woman trying way too hard? Guaranteed.
• Oct 3, 7:30pm