Award-winning comic PHIL WANG brings his sold-out and critically-acclaimed 2014 Edinburgh Festival Fringe show Mellow Yellow, the follow-up to his 2013 Edinburgh debut, to the Soho Theatre on the 23rd and 24th February. Join this confident nerd and feminist creep as he smashes Chinese stereotypes with an intelligent and genial hour on love, race, and yum yums.
PHIL is mixed-race, with a British mother and Chinese-Malaysian father. He grew up in Malaysia, in a close-knit Chinese-Malaysian family, attending Chinese school as a child. His stand-up often explores his Chinese heritage, and the West’s perceptions of Chinese people and culture, without veering into clichéd approaches to racial material.
Mellow Yellow is PHIL’s attempt at figuring out what genre of comedian he is, and what he actually wants from his career. Is he a race comic? A “cool” comic? A “geeky” comic? We’ll see. Along the way to his inevitable conclusion, he considers youth, masculinity, “the ladies”, and Batman, all in his trademark mellow tones.
PHIL’s wry outlook and laid-back style have seen him perform on The Rob Brydon Show (BBC Two), Three at the Fringe (BBC Three) and on BBC Radio 4’s Fresh From the Fringe and the Comedy Live Lounge (BBC Radio 1). In 2010, the engineering graduate and former President of the Cambridge Footlights won the Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award and in 2011 PHIL was given Comedy Central’s Funniest Student Award.
What the press has said:
“Very promising up-and-comer” The Independent
“Certain belly laughs” Sunday Times
“Anti-Hero is overall a slick, distinctive and funny debut from a well-rounded young comic headed for greater things” Steve Bennett, Chortle
“He’s an intelligent, attuned observer and his thoughts reward attentive listening” Jay Richardson, Scotsman