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Atsuko Okatsuka

Comedian, Actress and Screenwriter

Atsuko Okatsuka, an immigrant to the U.S. from Japan, has really achieved that old-fashioned “American Dream” via “pulling herself up by her own bootstraps” in comedy. She has performed stand-up around the country and acts, writes, dances, often altogether in her woke live-show take on a game show, Let’s Go Atsuko. Her stand-up is a…

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Atsuko Okatsuka, an immigrant to the U.S. from Japan, has really achieved that old-fashioned “American Dream” via “pulling herself up by her own bootstraps” in comedy. She has performed stand-up around the country and acts, writes, dances, often altogether in her woke live-show take on a game show, Let’s Go Atsuko. Her stand-up is a pretty perfect distillation of the Japanese-American experience delivered as succinct observations in a cool, calm, collected manner. Thus, Hulu gave her an hour stand-up special that premiered this year, and she got to consult on Jena Friedman’s masterfully dark Adult Swim special Soft Focus. On top of all of that, she has found a way to make twerking on Instagram an expression of living free in a time of uncertainty and divisiveness.

Okatsuka’s comedy has been described by Margaret Cho as “a silent slow fart that fills up a room with laughter.”  She tours around the U.S. with Dis/orient/ed Comedy, the first ever all Asian, mostly female stand up comedy tour at colleges as well as various organizations that foster diverse voices.

She uses her whimsical sense of humor to comment on social and political issues through personal stories, and can often be found performing at comedy festivals such as Laughing Skull, Out of Bounds Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off.

She most recently filmed her first ever hour special produced by VIVA Pictures and Comedy InvAsian and is a 2017 Refinery29 Riot Comedy Lab participant.

When she’s not telling jokes on stage, she writes, produces, and acts in sketch videos that have been featured on Elizabeth Banks’s digital platform, WhoHaha, Buzzfeed, and MOCATV.

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American Experience: Breaking the Narrative
Atusko will share her personal experience as an Asian American in the entertainment industry and help facilitate a deeper understanding of what evolving from the traditional stereotype of a young Asian American is like

What was it like to come to the U.S. What is your story?

What were the difficulties of being undocumented as a child?

What is life like as a Japanese American

How has Atsuko’s cultural background influenced her success?

What drove her to create Dis/orient/ed Comedy?

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Atsuko Okatsuka on Comedy Central Presents: Stand Up Asia! Promo

Adventures in Japan with Atsuko Ep. 1: Love Hotels!

Comedy InvAsian: Atsuko Okatsuka - Trailer

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