Mighty Warriors of Comedy
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Mighty Warriors of Comedy is a rousing introduction to one of the most devastatingly funny comedy troupes of the past decade, the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors (18MMW), an audacious Asian American sketch comedy troupe hailing from San Francisco, and now trying to break into TV and movies in LA.
Despite their name, the group is actually made up of nine members who have been performers and friends together for more than 15 years. Their individual voices combine together to create magic on stage, tackling socio-political issues with a hilarious combination of irreverence and seriousness. Since their premiere production, the Warriors have written and produced a dozen feature shows, performed numerous workshop productions and benefit one-night stands around the greater Bay Area, and toured nationally and internationally at colleges, universities, arts festivals and theatrical venues.
But most people in mainstream America have never heard of them. Why?
Is it simply because they haven't enjoyed break-out success past the confines of their San Francisco home, or their primarily Asian American fan base? Or is their brand of humor simply not accessible to an average American audience? Or could it be that the current Hollywood machine would never give an Asian American troupe the big break they need, to see if they could indeed cross over? Or, further yet, is it simply that Asian Americans simply aren't that funny?
Mighty Warriors of Comedy allows you to judge for yourself. The documentary not only provides an entertaining glimpse into the world of the Warriors, but also an eye opening exploration of why a troupe like the Warriors, no matter how funny, may never have the mainstream popularity they deserve. Utilizing a combination of personal interviews and live concert footage, the documentary traces the struggle that the fringe artist faces, and how that battle is complicated further by cultural identification.
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Mighty Warriors of Comedy: Crew & Credits
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors are:
Harold S. Byun
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Peter J. Wong
Victor Kao (sound design)
Chao Tzu Lin
Ken Chung (Dr. Ken)
Paul Kim (PK)
Sung H. Kim
Sung H. Kim
Sung H. Kim
Sung H. Kim
Re-recording Mix Engineer
Paul Zahnley, CAS
Disher Music and Sound
Darrell Thompson, Esq.
1st Asst. Director
Director of Photography
1st Asst. Camera
Lighting Board Operator
Sound Board Operator
Production Sound Mixer
Music Composer (18mmw)
Contrib. Composer (18mmw)
Nyra Marie Constant
Post-Production Support provided by Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
"Battle Without Honor Or Humanity #2"
Courtesy of Toshiba-EMI
Produced by J. Wells for On Top Productions
Courtesy of On Top Productions
Written & Performed by Lijie
Courtesy of Lijie
AZN Television footage courtesy ofInternational Networks, LLC.
ImaginAsian TV footage courtesyof ImaginAsian TV.
Early AATC Photographs courtesy ofAsian-American Theater Company.
Archival footage courtesy of:
Los Angeles Public Library
Breakfast at Tiffany's
Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLLP
Hatest Grits filmed live at East West Players Theaterin Los Angeles, CA on April 1-2, 2005.
Asian Bird Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest filmed live at the GTC Theater in Burbank, CA on Feb 8-10, 2006.
This film made possible with generous grants from:
Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) and Bay Area Video Coalition (BAVC)
SPECIAL THANKS TO:
Eileen S. Kong, Victor Kao, Jennie Yee, Kimberly Kajihara, Bobby Lee, Mike Park, East-West Players Theater, Meg Mimamoto, Monica Todd, Cindy Oda, Jeff Liu, Abe Ferrer, Kennedy Kabasares, Janice Tanaka, Pamela Tom, Aurora Guerrero,FIND Project:Involve (formerly IFP West), Diana C. Weng, Lee Ann Kim, Donald Young, Sapana Sakya, Chi-hui Yang, Taro Goto, Tora Chung, Sera Linardi, West Liang, Seunghyun Yoo, Dennis Yen, Berton Chow, Tammy Ho, Darryl Chiang, Esq.,The College of Ethnic Studies at San Francisco State University, Minami, Lew & Tamaki, LLC, Denise Ho, Stefanie Wong, Tamlyn Tomita, The Yee Family, Jimmy Lee, Hao Wu, Clifford Lo, Esq., Miya Osaki, Sean Lim, Michael Cheng, Cleo's Apartment, Bashir Saluddin, Diallo Riddle, Shenika Williams, Thomas Fraser, Cold Tofu, Aaron Takahashi, James Wong, Helen Ota, Robert Covarrubias, Steve Brady,Charles Kim, Ewan Chung, OPM, Lodestone Theater Ensemble, Philip W. Chung, Chil Kong, Corinne Chooey, Dom Magwili, Sachiko, Issac Ho, Phil Young, Randall Park, Nancy Lee, Guy Torry, Rex Navarrete, Mark Marking, Culture Clash, Herbert Siguenza, Soo Jin Hwang, Reuel Kim, HeeJoon Park, Elvin Lubrin, Royce Abalos, Sue Ellen McCann, Judy Holme Agnew, Wendy Levy, Lijie, Sharyl Hornbuckle, Ken Horkavy & Kitania Kavey (Secret Visions Productions), Paul Lawrence (Paul Lawrence Productions), Lane Nishikawa, Esau Caldwell, Rich Crook, Ruben Paul, Joey Guila, Ali Wong, Jane Kim, Annie Koh, Samantha Chanse, Gary Chou, Melissa Hung, Robynn Takayama, Jim Butterworth, Fred Von Lohmann, Gary Hardwick, Mia Riverton, Jeff Byrd, Elizabeth Stanley, Michael Donaldson, Goh Nakamura, Jorge Aguirre, Kaoru Kim
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