Chicago comedian reflects on Filipino background, challenges stereotypes on stage

Chicago comedian reflects on Filipino background, challenges stereotypes on stage

CHICAGO (TOC) — On stage, comic Leah Eva Smith makes use of her background as a Filipino immigrant to make folks snigger and to problem stereotypes..

“I would like folks to know that Asian girls are humorous. And we’re not simply your typical submissive folks as a result of should you’ve ever met my mom, she’s positively not submissive,” she stated.

Smith was simply 7-years-old when she set her eyes on turning into a comic, impressed by watching a Filipino comic on televison.

“As quickly I bought on stage, I used to be hook,” she stated.

Smith moved to U.S. when she was 12. The household settled in California. Whereas in her 20s, Smith remembers preserving quiet about her comedy gigs within the Bay Space, afraid of disappointing her dad and mom.

“Having Asian dad and mom, they need you to go to highschool, be a health care provider, lawyer, accountant, a enterprise proprietor, however by no means within the inventive world, particularly a comic,” she stated.

Smith determined to maneuver to Chicago to proceed pursuing her goals. She took lessons at Second Metropolis.

When Smith was breaking into comedy, she noticed few faces like hers. She stated there are actually extra Asian feminine comedians, however nonetheless not sufficient. Smith is working to vary that.

“I produce an Asian American comedy competition in Chicago as a result of I used to be like there’s just a few of us right here, why do not we do a present,” she stated.

She met her husband Ramon Smith by means of her work on the comedy circuit. They typically share the stage collectively as Mr. and Mrs. Smith Comedy.

“If she would not have adopted her dream and pushed throughout America to come back to Chicago, we might have in all probability by no means met and Mr. and Mrs. Smith Comedy would by no means exist. I’m glad it does,” he stated.

Her dream that went in opposition to the norm has paid off in additional methods than one. Smith’s dad and mom are actually amongst her largest followers and so they’re pushing her to go so far as she will with comedy.

“Now my mother is telling me to go open up for Jo Koy. Why do not you go carry out with Jo Koy? Why do not you be performing with Dave Chapelle? She is at all times like why aren’t you doing this. I’m like oh my god it is not that simple mother,” she stated.

You’ll find extra details about Mr. and Mrs. Smith Comedy at www.mrandmrssmithcomedy.com/

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