Jimmy O Yang

Jimmy O Yang

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

THIS CHAT HAPPENED ON June 02, 2016

Discussion

Jimmy O Yang
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
Jeff Needles@jsneedles · Data @ Houseparty & Maker of Things
Tabs or spaces?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@jsneedles jumping down 8 steps at once hurts
Mike Coutermarsh
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
Do you live with tj miller in real life?
Jimmy O Yang
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
Mike Coutermarsh@mscccc · Code @ GitHub
If Jian were to build an app for Product Hunt, what would it be?
Jimmy O Yang
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@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
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
Luca Demian@ltdemian · 16 Year Old Founder @ collabster
Has the Silicon Valley show ever inspired you to get involved in tech?
Jimmy O Yang
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
Luca Demian@ltdemian · 16 Year Old Founder @ collabster
@funnyasiandude1 haha thanks for the reply dude. You are pretty funny :)
Niv Dror
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
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
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
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
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @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
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@andrewett I can speak English in real life
James Zhang
James Zhang@jamesfzhang · Polly (YC S17)
@funnyasiandude1 @andrewett I love the show, but the Asian comedic relief always bothered me.
Jake Hare
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
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
Jake Hare@hakejare · Founder of Camera Bag
@funnyasiandude1 Thanks man! Really appreciate it.
Ryan Hoover
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
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@rrhoover Uber home
Tam Pham
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
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 Snowdon (née Hodgins)
Emily Snowdon (née Hodgins)@emilyjsnowdon · Operations @ Product Hunt
Hi Jimmy, who out of the cast on Silicon Valley is the most techie in real life?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@ems_hodge I think Thomas actually knows how to use the computers
Pete
Pete@peet818 · Community / Social Media Manager
How do you spend your time in between takes on Silicon Valley?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@peet818 Sometimes I gently caress Thomas Middleditch and discuss health care plans with Zach Woods
Theoharis Dimarhos
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@kimberly_tsui
what was your favorite line to deliver on screen for Silicon Valley so far?
Maneet Khaira
Maneet Khaira@maneet_khaira · Google
Any advice for an aspiring Asian actor?
Jimmy O Yang
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
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What did you enjoy the most about being a part of the Silicon Valley show?
Mokshith Voodarla
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
Andrew Ettinger@ettinger · 👟 @wearAtoms // ex @Twitter @ProductHunt
Who's the funniest cast member off-set? My guess is @kumailn
Aaron P. B. Morin
Aaron P. B. Morin@apbm91 · Support, BrowseLab Inc.
Hey Jimmy, I'm researching the portrayal of nerds in various media. Who is your favourite TV/Movie nerd? Bonus: How do you feel about the portrayal of women on Silicon Valley?
Tam Pham
Tam Pham@mrtampham · Community at Mixergy
Yo Jimmy! This is Tam from a couple of years ago, I booked you for a show in San Jose and you did great. Glad to see you on the rise, esp. as an Asian American. What are your thoughts on the way your character was portrayed in Silicon Valley? With the accent, broken english, intern status, etc.
Agis Tsaraboulidis
Agis Tsaraboulidis@agisilaostsaras · Co-Founder & CTO, Iris Health
Hey Jimmy, thanks for joining the ProductHunt Live. I would like to ask what's your favourite scene from the set so far. 2nd: What's your favourite "behind the scenes" scene that it didn't make it to the cut.
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@agisilaostsaras Scenes with TJ are always awesome, we have a great chemistry. One of my favorites is the mansion scene where Jian Yang and Erlich try to get into the fancy fundraiser. It was just us messing around with each other and people in line. We did alot of improv-ing, including different takes of me spelling Erlich's name wrong, in various ways
Pierre-Marie Galite
Pierre-Marie Galite@tsunaze · mobile developer & advice giver
Hi ✋, do you know if your character on Silicon valley will have more screen time?
Kimberly Tsui
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
how does being from hong kong influence your acting?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@kimberly_tsui Great question, I haven't really thought about it myself until now! I grew up watching a lot of Stephen Chow, he was my comedy hero, still is. So most of my early comedy influence was from him. Stephen Chow created a genre of "senseless comedy" (that's a rough translation from cantonese) in Hong Kong , it's kind of like funny for funny sake. The audience is there to have a great laugh and don't take it too seriously. I love that stuff. One of my favorite movies is still Chow's "From Beijing with Love" (or the Cantonese name, "Mainland 007") Where he plays a bumbling low grade version of 007.
Kimberly Tsui
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
@funnyasiandude1 Thanks for answering my question! :) It's nice to see someone from Hong Kong as successful as you are in the entertainment business! It gives me a lot of hope and inspiration as a teenager from Hong Kong that wants to direct someday! :D
Paprika Xu
Paprika Xu@paprikaxu · Product Design, Canva
You played too little in season 3. Why??!!??!!??
Kimberly Tsui
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
Current favourite comedy movie?
Kimberly Tsui
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
What is one of your future career goals?
Kimberly Tsui
Kimberly Tsui@kimberly_tsui
What's your favourite memory from being on the set of Silicon Valley so far?
Adam Owen
Adam Owen@adamowenit · Search Engine Marketing Consultant
Hey Jimmy! Was Silicon Valley all filmed in SF?
David Diamond
David Diamond@david_diam · Product designer
Has Sillicon valley made you interested in tech?
Chuck Cruz
Chuck Cruz@soychuck
Do you have an idea for a startup that you want to develop?
Thomas Stöcklein
Thomas Stöcklein@tomstocklein · FoundersFundersFuture.com
What sparked your interest in stand-up comedy? Who's your favorite (stand-up) comedian?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@tomstocklein Standup started as a tool to make new friends for me. I was bored and I needed something, and I happened to be a pretty good public speaker. Now it has become more of an expression. My favorite is definitely Dave Chappelle
Andy Choice
Andy Choice@andy_choice
hey jimmy! remember ur cat thesis speech @ ucsd about wanting to be a comedian after college? congrats buddy!
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@armenexchange haha Andy! I have a vague memory of that, I smoked too much weed in college. I think that was the only class I ever got an A in, because it was public speaking. Great to hear from u!
Necati Yarar
Necati Yarar@nyarar_ · engineering student
are Japanese people really horrible?
Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald@hustlinhack · Full Stack Developer
But.. can you code though?
Jimmy O Yang
Jimmy O Yang@funnyasiandude1 · Actor, Comedian
@hustlinhack is that a coder's equivalent of "You even lift bro?"
Kyle McDonald
Kyle McDonald@hustlinhack · Full Stack Developer