Jenny Yang is a former labor organizer turned stand-up comedian, writer and actor. She was a writer and performer for the E! late night talk show Busy Tonight with Busy Philipps and currently writes on the Fox comedy Last Man Standing. She is the co-host of Freeform’s flagship podcast A Little Forward.
Taiwan-born and Southern California-raised, Jenny uses her platform to amplify issues around immigration, diversity and media representation, pop culture, intersectional feminism and social justice. In 2016, President Obama honored her as a White House Champion of Change for her leadership in Asian American and Pacific Islander Art and Storytelling.
Jenny’s unique background as a former student activist, comedian and creative has made her a frequent performer and speaker on the college and university circuit. Since 2012, Jenny has produced more than 90 sold-out shows for the first-ever, mostly female, Asian American stand up comedy tour, “Disoriented Comedy.” Jenny is also the founder and festival director of “The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival,” a comedy festival showcasing the best in Asian American comedic talent.
Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions in the New York Times, Variety, NPR, MSNBC, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, Complex magazine, Southern California Public Radio, Lovett or Leave It podcast, South by Southwest, BlogHer and numerous college and industry panels.