Explosive Laughter: 5 Questions with Ali Wong
Co-starring on ABC’s American Housewife as well as writing for Fresh off the Boat, Ali Wong has garnered rave reviews for her Netflix special, Baby Cobra. Even fellow comics such as Jim Gaffigan and Amy Schumer are fans of her astonishingly honest take on life. Now you were able to see what all the talk was about when she debuted at Park Theater in 2017.
- What do you consider your biggest accomplishment? Why?
Throwing out the first pitch at the SF Giants game in August was a big deal for me. It was extremely scary because you only get one shot, my balance was a little off since I’m pregnant with my second child, and I did not want to make a fool out of myself in my hometown. But you can see the video on my Instagram, I think I did pretty good!
- What are you most looking forward to when you perform at Park Theater in Las Vegas?
I’m excited to see who is going to show up. Because it’s Las Vegas, you really never know. Last time I performed there, Robert Irvine and his kick-ass professional wrestler wife Gail Kim came to celebrate her birthday! She and I bonded over creepy fans. And there’s not one day that passes, where I don’t close my eyes and fantasize about eating at Morimoto. I’m not a big sweets person but those desserts are unbelievably light and majestic.
- If you could trade careers with anyone, who would they be and why?
Sade. The woman has made such timeless, soulful music, but maintains such an admirable level of privacy in her personal life. There are very few public pictures of her, she’s not on social media and I really respect that.
- Who are your comedic influences?
Chris Rock, Patrice O’Neal and Eddie Murphy.
- You received critical acclaim for your recent Netflix stand-up special, Baby Cobra. Why do you think your unflinching honesty about womanhood was so well received?
Stand-up specials tend to be an hour of a comedian’s best jokes. But I knew that wasn’t going to be enough. So I decided to tell a story that had a twist at the end, and I think that structure made it stand out
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- What is your biggest regret and why?
If you could have one do-over, what would it be? I missed a friend's wedding for a stand-up gig. I should've just broken the contract and attended. Weddings only happen once, and I cared too much about being professional when really, I should've been a better friend.
- What was the moment you knew you had “made it?”
When Gloria Estefan commented on my Instagram.