‘Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost In The Shell’ Final Improv Show; Friday, March 31 @ UCB Sunset

2nd Edwin Picture for InterviewsSummary by Edwin A. Santos

Thursday, March 30, 2017

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A lot of good people behind the Upright Citizens Brigade Sunset’s Asian AF and Scarlett Johansson Presents… led by Will Choi as they widen the trail for Asian representation and opportunity thru comedy!  This Friday night might possibly be the last improv show of Scarlett Johansson Presents… the same night, a certain feature film opening, gave birth to it!


I was at the first Scarlett Johansson Presents… show in May, 2016 at UCB Sunset’s Inner Sanctum stage.  I arrived there an hour and a half earlier for two reasons: (1) the Inner Sanctum stage will experience its biggest audience ever!  And (B), valet parking upstairs is going to be packed!  I really don’t want to bother our neighbors…


A few days prior to the show, I volunteered myself and my camera to Will Choi (the creator of the show) to record the first show — as I usually offer to do in the improv community.

I wore a plaid shirt (while I manned camera) as it was an early UCB fashion choice

Many of the performers I knew and have performed improv with were my instructors and my classmates when I studied long form improv at UCB from 2009 until 2012.  Scarlett Johansson Presents… was going to make history that night, and it sure did!

EdwinCAM Asian Improv
I thought I’d be the only person standing behind the audience.

The show was the Inner Sanctum’s largest audience ever, I heard 300+ including the people who stood in the back and, for me, it was the first time I saw many Filipino American performers mixed in with other Asian American performers.  Something I hardly see at other theatre shows in Los Angeles in the last twenty years…  Not until the Comedy Comedy Festival.

With hosts Will Choi and Keiko Agena (with a special appearance by Jenny Yang), Scarlett Johansson Presents: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May 27, 2016) featured the following improv teams (the names in italics are of Filipino descent):

Joy Regullano and Bonnie He
Yellow Fever: Quincy Cho, Bonnie He, Kay Kaanapu, Joy Regullano, Kaitlyn Tanimoto, Ai Yoshihara.
‘ScarJo Presents’ Creator Will Choi and his team Miss Golightly
Miss Golightly: Jed Alcantara, Eric Bauer, Will Choi, Terry Huang, Jeremy Lu, Vince Yap, Weikei Yu.
Lilan Bowden, Eugene Cordero and Kim Cooper
UCB Superteam (now called Voltron): Eugene Cordero, Lilan Bowden, Dhruv Singh,  Zac Oyama, Kim Cooper, and Rene Gube.

The first Scarlett Johansson Presents… show was created after the casting for “Ghost in the Shell” was announced. After three successful shows, tomorrow night’s show (March 31st) will be the FINAL Scarlett Johansson Presents… show (until Hollywood whitewashes another movie).  http://ucbtheatre.com/performance/52937

Doesn’t John Cena voicing an animated bull named Ferdinand count?


Check out the Filipino American improvisors for tomorrow night’s show!  Eugene Cordero (Kong: Skull Island), Rene Gube (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend), Jiavani Linayao (CBS Diversity Showcase), Allyn Pintal, Joy Regullano (Supernatural), Tess Paras (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Grimm) and Erich Tamola at Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of ‘Ghost In The Shell’ – FREE ADMISSION – this Friday night, March 31st at 9:30pm at UCB Sunset’s Inner Sanctum stage (entrance through the cafe) located at 5419 W. Sunset Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90027

Stand-up by Kyle Mizono

Sketch by & Kay Kaanapu, Dione Kuraoka, & Kaitlyn Tanimoto

Improv by Kilowatt: The Mess Hall Superteam
Keiko Agena, Quincy Cho, Kay Kaanapu, Jiavani Linayao, Chuck Maa, Allyn Pintal, Joy Regullano, Erich Tamola, & Ai Yoshihara

Improv by Voltron: The UCB Superteam

Lilan Bowden, Sarah Claspell, Kim Cooper, Eugene Cordero, Rene Gube, Zac Oyama, Dhruv Uday Singh, & Kathy Yamamoto

and a very special one-time-only presentation of…
Written by Will Choi, Mike Lane, & Tess Paras  


Parking: RIDE-SHARING IS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED or taking the Metro (closest Metro Station is Hollywood/Western) as parking will be difficult and valet will get full. UCB offers valet parking for $5, or street parking. Please be careful walking to/from your cars.

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