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Background Information

Employment History

Third-Year Psychobiology Student

UCLA

Film Partner, Pilot

Saigon TV

Film Partner, A Student

California State University , Los Angeles

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Third year psychobiology major Bart Kwan and his film partner Joe J., a third year psychology major at Cal State Los Angeles, hope to become household names as Asian comedians, and are currently working on a pilot for a series on Saigon TV.

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Third year psychobiology major Bart Kwan and his film partner Joe J., a third year psychology major at Cal State Los Angeles, hope to become household names as Asian comedians, and are currently working on a pilot for a series on Saigon TV.
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Bart Kwan, a third-year psychobiology student at UCLA, and his film partner, a student at California State University, Los Angeles, have generated significant attention for their improvised comedy.
"We just started recording for fun and passing it around to our friends. Our friends passed it on to their friends, and people just started asking for more," Kwan said. "Our success is definitely because of our fans."
Because of their popularity, particularly among Asian American youths, Kwan began thinking of professionally producing his work.
Since last August, their improv comedy channel JustKiddingFilms has attracted 200,000 channel views alone and ranks in the top 100 for Most Subscribed and Most Viewed in the YouTube comedians category.
They are perhaps most recognized as one for Vietnamese immigrant characters, "Uncle Same" and "Uncle Chin," dressed in flashy thrift-store garb. The two have a special knack for ethnic accents, which gives their humor an edginess. Despite their potentially offensive tone of humor, Kwan labels their genre "educational comedy."
"Our goal is not just for people to watch it and laugh," Kwan said. "(Our work is to) expose the sores that we have in society and yet make it funny - making fun of ignorance instead of being the ones creating it."
Kwan hopes to fill what he sees as a void in Asian American comedy and are currently working with Saigon TV on a sitcom pilot. "If the pilot is successful, we will have our own full-blown TV show," Kwan said.
Their target demographic? "The world," Kwan said.

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