Jimmy O Yang

Jian Yang in HBO's Silicon Valley. Actor and Comedian.

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON June 02, 2016

Discussion

Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
Hi I'm Jimmy O. Yang, I'm a comedian and actor. You might know me as Jian-Yang from HBO's Silicon Valley. I've also been in It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and I will be in the upcoming movie "Patriot's Day" this December.
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
Tabs or spaces?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@jsneedles jumping down 8 steps at once hurts
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Do you live with tj miller in real life?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@mscccc I would if he wasn't married, I still cuddle with him from time to time
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
If Jian were to build an app for Product Hunt, what would it be?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@mscccc "Special Occasion" you open the app and smoke comes out of your phone, it's a one time use thing.
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
What are your thoughts about the lack of leading Asian men in the film industry? How can this be fixed?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@kimberly_tsui be the change you want to see and become a good enough actor/artist so it becomes undeniable for them to hire you.
Luca Demian@ltdemian · 16 Year Old Founder @ collabster
Has the Silicon Valley show ever inspired you to get involved in tech?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@ltdemian On a consumer level, I've always been very interested in tech. After being on the show, I've definitely been more aware of the new trends and gadgets in tech. I don't know if I'm smart enough to work in tech, maybe I can be a company mascot for Alibaba or something. Then use that money to invest in people smarter than me in the tech world.
Luca Demian@ltdemian · 16 Year Old Founder @ collabster
@funnyasiandude1 haha thanks for the reply dude. You are pretty funny :)
Niv Dror@nivo0o0 · VC at Shrug Capital
Hey Jimmy, thanks for joining us! @FunnyAsianDude is a fitting Twitter handle. Q: What do you make of the current state of Silicon Valley, where recent events seem to out-do the kind of things you guys come up with on the show? p.s. your character is great, never move out of @nottjmiller's house 😎
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@nivo0o0 @funnyasiandude just as a consumer, I'm very interested in VR, but I am also worried that it'll take over people's lives if used in excess. And I think Silicon Valley as a whole is similar. People are coming up with amazing things, but at the same time, a lot of those awesome things are making us more disconnected to the world.
Daniel Lee@dleesta · Product Manager
Lots of talk about Asian representation (or lack of) in movies and TV recently. As someone in the industry, do you encounter racism very often? If so, what form does it take?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@dleesta I am aware of it and the articles out there. I try to focus on my career and not let all those things affect me. When I don't get a role in an audition, I try to not to put the blame on the fact that I'm Asian, I just go work on my craft and try to be a better actor for my next audition.
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
What's something unrelated to Silicon Valley that you want the Product Hunt audience to know about you?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@andrewett I can speak English in real life
James Zhang@jamesfzhang · Polly (YC S17)
@funnyasiandude1 @andrewett I love the show, but the Asian comedic relief always bothered me.
Jake Hare@hakejare · Founder of Camera Bag
Hey Jimmy, thanks for being on PH today! I just wanted to ask one thing... If you could give just one piece of advice to those following their dream, what would it be? I know that you must be asked that question a lot, but since you were on It's Always Sunny with Charlie Day I know that you must be familiar with his story. I am a founder of an app startup who came up with the idea when I was homeless and working the graveyard shift at Denny's, and I'm wanting to know what advice you would give to me? (Jokes about Denny's are totally cool in your response)
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@hakejare Dream big, forget all your preconceived limitations and really dream about what you want to do, then go out and do it.
Jake Hare@hakejare · Founder of Camera Bag
@funnyasiandude1 Thanks man! Really appreciate it.
Ryan Hoover@rrhoover · Founder, Product Hunt
Jimmy! You're on a desert island. You can only take one app with you. Which app is it?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@rrhoover Uber home
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
What was your career path like? I.e. stand up for 3 years => failed pilot => failed pilot #2 => extra on X show for Y seasons => A => B => C => Silicon Valley for 3 season Would love to hear about the struggle / journey making ii in hollywood as an Asian American.
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@mrtampham Hey Tam! I started as a standup in San Diego during college about 7-8 years ago, started from open mics to crappy shows. Then I moved to LA and rented a living room off craigslist for $300. After a ton of auditions, i got my first part doing 2 lines on 2 Broke Girls, a few other guest spots here and there, then a few years later, Silicon Valley came about. I was lucky enough to not have had the heart breaking experiences of failed pilots. And I joined Silicon Valley when it was already picked up, I started as a guest star, then they kept me around ever since the fish #blessed
Emily Hodgins@ems_hodge · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Jimmy, who out of the cast on Silicon Valley is the most techie in real life?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@ems_hodge I think Thomas actually knows how to use the computers
Pete@peet818 · Community / Social Media Manager
How do you spend your time in between takes on Silicon Valley?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@peet818 Sometimes I gently caress Thomas Middleditch and discuss health care plans with Zach Woods
Theoharis Dimarhos@theo_dimarhos · Marketing+Biz Dev at AngelouEconomics
Hey Jimmy! Who's the funniest in real life out of all the cast?
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
what was your favorite line to deliver on screen for Silicon Valley so far?
Maneet Khaira@maneet_khaira · Google
Any advice for an aspiring Asian actor?
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@maneet_khaira stop aspiring, go do it. (but don't tell your parents I told you that, stay in school)
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What did you enjoy the most about being a part of the Silicon Valley show?
Mokshith Voodarla@mvoodarla · A Student ML Scientist and Android Dev
Hi Jimmy! I really am a huge fan of Silicon Valley and wanted your take on two things. What do you think of Erlich Bachman and also, what kind of app would you be down to use in your everyday life that doesn't currently exist?
Andrew Ettinger@andrewett · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Who's the funniest cast member off-set? My guess is @kumailn