Comedy Zen Season 1: No Subtitles Necessary

January 1, 2008


There's a fare share of small penis and dog eating jokes in the Comedy Zen Season 1: No Subtitles Necessary DVD. The sixepisode compilation of the ImaginAsian TV series hits its stride when the stand-up comics stray from ethnic humor and delve into the colorblind subjects of relationships and sex. The show features up-and-coming Asian American comedians and seasoned veterans, such as Bobby Lee of Mad JV (and Hyphen Issue 12); Dat Phan, winner of Last Comic Standing; and Dr. Ken of Knocked Up fame (and Hyphen Issue 9). Host Joey Guila does an admirable job and has some funny bits, but the best sets are from lesser-known talents KT Tatara, Randall Park, Bernadette Balagtas and from guest host Lee. DVD extras include footage not aired on the series. It's a rare collection of Asian American comedians (and a few non-Asians) with enough laughs to hold its weight for at least a rental, if not a spot on your home video shelf. 

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Harry Mok

Editor in chief

Editor in Chief Harry Mok wrote about growing up on a Chinese vegetable farm for the second issue of Hyphen and has been a volunteer editor since 2004. As a board member of the San Francisco and New York chapters of the Asian American Journalists Association, Harry has recruited and organized events for student members. He holds a master’s degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley, where he was also a graduate student instructor in the Asian American Studies Department.