Sheng Weng, comedian and writer for the hit ABC series Fresh off the Boat sat down and gave us a Quick Six interview, just in time for his performance in the Most Races Show On Earth, which we covered here at PCB.
Sheng developed and honed his comedy in the thriving standup community of the San Francisco Bay Area. Sheng’s act is based on personal experiences and observations and his friendly stage presence, combined with trips into the absurd and some self-deprecation, make his act both hilarious and universally accessible.
He has toured with the Comedians of Comedy and American Eagle’s ‘Campus Comedy Challenge,” and appeared on Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham,” “Last Comic Standing”, “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell”, and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”, but the award-winning and massively popular ABC series “Fresh Off the Boat” is paying the bills – he’s written over 35 episodes and appeared in two.
Quick Six with Sheng Wang
What has inspired you recently?
recently, I took an acting class and was very much inspired by the experience to embrace being outside of my comfort zone. It’s a lesson I’m learning over and over again. As a newer writer on a tv show or as a growing standup that still bombs on occasion after several years in the game, it’s challenging to believe that I am enough and that I am where I’m supposed to be, because it’s easy to dwell on the insecurities that spiral in my head. At my worst, my self-doubt game is untouchable.
Morning or night person for writing?
Both. I like writing in the morning because you’re fresh from processing the monsters stuck in your head and/or you might be be processing emotions driven by your dreaming. It’s a great time to generate new ideas and thoughts. I also like to write at night before or after a show when there’s a sense of pressure or expectations from being on stage.
What do you do when you aren’t actively writing for, or rehearsing for a show?
I might be drinking and cooking in the kitchen, walking around a botanical garden, playing some ping pong or basketball, eating berries, and/or watching “Planet Earth”.
What would you do if you weren’t doing comedy?
If I weren’t doing comedy, I would, maybe be a chef or a park ranger?
Where is your favourite place to perform?
anywhere where there’s a mic, an audience that’s proportional in size to the room, and some drinks.
What’s next for you?
more standup, and saying yes to whatever opportunities I run into.
Follow Sheng at:
Sheng Wang on Facebook
@shengwangtime on Twitter
Sheng Wang on YouTube
Sheng on Comedy Central
and buy his latest album, “Cornucopias Are Actually Horrible Containers” on iTunes
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