8 Reasons Ali Wong Is Going To Be The Next Comedian You’re Obsessed With
Female comedians are becoming less and less of an anomaly, but a pregnant stand up comedian? This is a first. Ali Wong is a comedian that you should know about because once you do, you’re going to be obsessed with her. She’s a badass who’s been killing the stand up game for 10+ years now, and is finally getting the attention and recognition she deserves. Here are 8 reasons you should consider yourself a fan.
She performed her first special 7 months pregnant.
She doesn’t address her apparent pregnancy until 38 minutes into her Netflix comedy special Baby Cobra. When she does, it’s well worth the wait.
I don’t know if you guys can tell but I’m seven and half months pregnant.
It’s very rare and unusual to see a female comic perform pregnant, because … female comics don’t get pregnant. Just try to think of one. I dare you. There’s none of them. Once they do get pregnant they generally disappear.
That’s not the case with male comics. Once they have a baby, they’ll get up onstage a week after and be like, ‘Guys, I just had a fucking baby, that baby’s a little piece of shit, it’s so annoying and boring!’ And all these other shitty dads in the audience are like ‘That’s hilarious! I identify!’ And their fame just swells, because they’ve become this relatable family funnyman all of a sudden. Meanwhile, the mom is at home chapping her nipples, feeding the fucking baby, and wearing a frozen diaper because her pussy needs to heal from the baby’s head shredding it up. She’s busy!
This joke serves as enlightening commentary not only about women in comedy, but how this “dad shitting on parenthood” seems to always sell and entertain audiences, while it’s the women who are generally home with the “annoying and boring piece of shit.”
Wong told Elle that performing pregnant was an empowering experience.
“I wanted to use my pregnancy as a source of power and turn it into a weapon instead of a weakness…When you’re pregnant, you’re hungry, tired, and fat, so you have this ‘I don’t give a fuck’ attitude that lends itself really well to performance. You let go of all dignity and shame, and it’s beautiful.”
She has “act-outs” for days.
An act-out is exactly how it sounds. It’s when a comedian acts out a scenario right there on stage. You’ll see a lot of men simulate sex in their act, but it’s rarer to see a woman go for it the way Wong does. She never holds back when it comes to giving us huge physicality and therefore huge laughs. See here, she acts out her theories on why women like to be dominated during sex.
She is the “Asian Beyoncé of stand up comedy.”
The dress she is wearing in her special is an $8 H&M dress.
Yup, according to a recent interview with Vulture, this is the case. Sure, this is just a small, simple detail, but I think it’s really fantastic of her. Especially as a woman, there is an added pressure on what to wear on stage. If you’ve ever seen a female comedian live, they usually address their clothing or how they look right away because they know they’re being judged accordingly. This fact about her is a beautiful “fuck you” to mainstream expectations that an expensive dress is a better dress. She looked fabulous and it makes her that much more relatable to me being that I am currently wearing a $12 H&M dress myself.
“I don’t want to ‘Lean In’. I want to lay down.”
Reading this joke doesn’t do it justice. I insist that you watch her delivery of it on her special.
She writes for Fresh Off The Boat.
If you’re not watching this show, you should be. It’s gotten tremendous reviews, including one from TIME, which claims that the show “Has the makings of being an American original.” These are strong words in the age of reboots.
“Another thing I know: Fresh Off the Boat is damn funny—but not only funny and not cheaply funny. Three episodes in, it’s the best broadcast comedy of the new season, a daring but good-hearted sitcom about the complexities of identity—about not only being different but also being different from the different.”
Elle asked Wong what her favorite moment has been while writing on the show?
“DMX guest-starred in the episode that I wrote this past season. We were told he was a “huge fan” of the show. When I asked him what some of his favorite episodes were, he told me that he had never seen it since he’d been in jail for the past couple months.”
She is a smart, patient, hard worker.
When Vulture inquired whether she had any idea for an upcoming show of her own, she gave this mature, thoughtful response.
“I don’t have a clear idea what I want to do that I could be proud of…I would want to do something that was honest and different than everything you’ve seen. It will be Asian by default because I’m Asian, but I would hope that my show gets another qualifier.”
Patience is such a respectable virtue. So many ‘artists’ rush into projects and create content that their hearts and minds clearly aren’t in fully. Wong wouldn’t put her name on something she isn’t proud of.
She named her daughter “Mari” after the author of The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.
I guess Marie Kondo’s book is truly life changing. It clearly was for Wong.
Now, go watch Baby Cobra and be sure to give a review after, per Wong’s request.
Oh, I bet there are.