ZhangsterTo Mark “Zhangster” Zhang, being an Asian American comedian is more than just telling jokes. It is a way to express his views on the society through the use of humor and sarcasm.

First time performed in Seattle at Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square on April 13, Zhang tested the city’s diversities with jokes that could be seen as offensive, sexist or even racist.

ZhangsterTo Mark “Zhangster” Zhang, being an Asian American comedian is more than just telling jokes. It is a way to express his views on the society through the use of humor and sarcasm.

First time performed in Seattle at Comedy Underground in Pioneer Square on April 13, Zhang tested the city’s diversities with jokes that could be seen as offensive, sexist or even racist.

When referring to the conservative views some Asian parents held toward mixed race marriage, Zhang said, “When you bring home an Indian, you start to smell different.”

Thankfully, Seattle’s crowd embraced the humor with an open mind and burst into laughter.

“I don’t like the images of Asians in America,” Zhang said in an interview. “Comedy allows me to present the image that I want.”

In between jokes, Zhang also emphasized the interactions between the audience and him on stage, saying that the best comedy is always a “co-effort.”

“It is always a challenge in comedy because people don’t see stand up as an art, but to me it’s one of the most amazing and difficult art I can think of,” Zhang said after the show. “The art is not telling jokes but the art is reading the audience.”

Originally from China, Zhang immigrated to America when he was 9. Grew up in the Bay area in San Francisco and lived in a “Black area”, he has experienced the irony of racial stereotypes in the society.

“Comedy is something that I always wanted to do ever since high school,” said Zhang who has been doing stand-up shows for 6.5 years and has performed all over the US as well as England, Hong Kong, Singapore and Canada. “It’s truly a place for freedom of speech.”

One tip he gave to all young comedians-to-be out there is: don’t do it for money or fame, only do it because you love it.

Travelling up north after his Seattle show, he will be performing at the Suburban Well in Vancouver, Canada from April 20 to 21.

For more information about Zhang, visit zhangster.com

 

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