Vancouver actress Andrea Jin learned to stand out from the crowd by doing stand-up
In one of her routines, Vancouver actress Andrea Jin says she’s skeptical when a girl tells her she’s “in a really good place now.” Jin automatically assumes that she is in the grip of depression.
âYou know girls like thatâ¦ two months later they’re pregnant,â Jin jokes in a video on his website. “I know a few of them.”
In the same routine, she reveals how, on a recent Tuesday, she was also “in a very good place”. She didn’t know why. âThe next morning, I was no longer drunk,â she jokes.
He elicits huge laughter from the audience.
The reality is that the 25-year-old Shanghai-born comedian is, indeed, in a very good position after having what could be the best pandemic any rising comic book can experience.
She recorded her first album, Grandmother’s daughter, this year at the Little Mountain Gallery, with her maternal grandmother on the cover. NOW Glenn Sumi of the magazine recently described it as the best Canadian comedy album of the year.
In addition, Jin was chosen as one of the ânew facesâ by the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival. She has performed at the Queen Elizabeth Theater in Toronto, the Seattle International Comedy Competition, and received the SiriusXM Best Comic Award.
âEach of my career milestones has been in COVID,â Jin told the Right by telephone. âIt’s very interesting to go through all of this, because it’s very different from what I imagined. “
Additionally, she writes scripts in hopes of creating a new TV series. And the CBC hit comedy debaters invited her to record an episode at Cultch.
“[Host] Steve Patterson is so quick and funny and lively, and doing it is obviously so different from stand-up, âshe says.
Jin was 10 years old when she moved with her family from Shanghai to Canada. When she started doing stand-up, she tried to integrate because, for her, being unique, that is to say an actress born in mainland China, translated into an “indifferent audience.” “.
âSo, I wasn’t very inclined to really be myself,â said Jin. “I know most comedians who start out feel that – they feel like they have to blend in instead of stand out, for whatever reason, even though the point is to stand out.”
That’s a surprising admission, considering how totally comfortable Jin appears in front of a crowd today.
A turning point came when she saw Singaporean-born, Singaporean comedian Ronny Chieng put on a Just for Laughs show at Vancouver’s Vogue Theater. To this day, Jin describes it as “one of the best performances I’ve had
Chieng was “shameless Asian” and very funny at the same time.
âHe’s inspired me a lot to accept myself as a very Chinese-born comedian who wants to talk about it,â Jin said. “And I don’t have to fit in to be great, basically.”
She is now making jokes about the 37 huge cloth bags of rice that her family keeps at home. She also tells the public that whites can learn what it is to feel discriminated against by taking their bikes on the SkyTrain and being subjected to hateful stares from other passengers.
In another routine, she jokes about being an immigrant. “They let me in”
The truth is that her grandparents suffered tremendously during the Cultural Revolution. And by making jokes about her ancestors, the rising actress hopes to generate more empathy for those like them.
âPeople don’t realize that there is so much trauma in Asian culture,â says Jin. âIt’s evident in all cultures, but I think Asians are very good at burying it. “