Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once
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rounded up to 5. Far denser than I expected, while still feeling like a broad intro survey to Asian American pop history. I recommend the syllabus sections for further exploration because each topic is deserving of their own deep dives. Despite the title, the Before section does a decent job at describing from the earliest waves of immigration through the 1980s, historically and in pop culture. The authors' reasoning for nineties onward is because that's when the children of post-1965 Hart-Cellar Act immigration waves started making art (which isn't to say previous waves existed! In sheer terms of numbers there's more post-65 Asian Americans than prior waves like my own family). In May 2021, Wang hosted a new podcast called Phil Wang Hates Horror, which was released on Audible.
Sidesplitter: How to Be from Two Worlds at Once (Audio
Philip Nathaniel Wang Sin Goi [a] (born 22 January 1990)   is a British-Malaysian stand-up comedian and comedy writer who is a member of the sketch comedy group Daphne,    and co-creator of their BBC Radio 4 series, Daphne Sounds Expensive. He currently hosts the comedy podcast ‘BudPod’ with fellow comedian and Footlights alumnus Pierre Novellie. Another one of my favourite Task Master contestants, and who I’ve enjoyed watching on Roast Battle, and various other UK comedy panels shows. And the very enjoyable podcast Phil Wang hates horror (which inspired my pic). Not only did this book make me laugh out loud in some places (especially the cow part!) it also made me think very deeply. The book covers topics such as racism, history and family. I learnt about things that happen to people of other races/mixed race that I never knew about before. It really widened my understanding of what they have to face. But it did this in a way that was not overly preachy, it was lighthearted and comical whilst still highlighting the importance of the topic.
Hachette imprint Hodder Studio recently published Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith's Inside No 9: The Scripts, Tom Allen's memoir No Shame and last week put out Pippa Evans's self-help book based around improvisation, Improv Your Life. Titles from Ellie Taylor and Sukh Ojla are due out later this year. The funny thing about racism is that everybody wants to be thought as Progressive and modern but yet they did a lot of whitewashing. Let me explain, some of the movie's leads were written to be Asian actors. Yet they casted white Americans to play Asians. They didn't even think of allowing Asian actors to draw from personal experiences to depict what the Asian character they're playing is going through. The executives were so concerned Asian actors wouldn't be box office draws.
Phil Wang - Sidesplitter: How To Be From Two Worlds At Once
Phil’s dry sense of humour comes over really well in this audiobook. It feels like he’s dealing with some quite serious and potentially contentious issues in a way which makes it safe to have the conversation. I especially like the fact that while he says he is comfortable with the ‘where are you really from’ question when it comes from a place of genuine curiosity, but he recognises that his experience and perspective is personal and that for other people there are good reasons why that question can be offensive. Just what I was after - a humorous (often genuinely loud-out-loud funny), interesting and touching not-memoir from Phil Wang, one of the funniest comedians on the scene at the moment.
With the blurb and introduction indicating that this was more essays than memoir, I'd hoped that Wang would have some funny and interesting things to say. And as it turned out, he had some interesting things to say, with autobiographical elements adding colour to the topics he explored and how they affected him as a mixed-race person. I found his chapter on race the most thought provoking, especially when defending an old racist British sitcom from the 1970s. Again, he talks about a perspective I hadn't considered as a well meaning white lefty. sidesplitter definitely did what it set out to do, ie. confront what it means to be mixed-race in today's world and the 'neither here nor there' lamentation was a pretty prominent concern throughout the book, though it is already an oft-repeated narrative. it was a pretty good attempt; it seems to have captured a pretty good picture albeit rather simplistic as it still feels a bit too broad/surface-level.
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Phil Wang is trying to think of a comedian who isn’t an introvert. When he’s really pondering a subject hard his eyes typically roll upwards, his pupils almost disappearing into his eyelids, like he had written the answer to the riddle on the ceiling above him earlier. Eventually he alights upon one candidate, but doesn’t want to name him in case the comedian would take offence at being called an extrovert.
For now, Wang says there is mainly joy and relief that he can perform again. The past 18 months has made him realise how much he needs comedy. “I just felt so rudderless,” he admits. “I hadn’t realised how much I use standup to process my own thoughts. I started having weird dreams and going a bit nuts because I wasn’t processing my thoughts in that way any more.”