The Round Up Comedy Show returns Thursday with Crazy Rich Asians star Jimmy O. Yang as the headliner.
Taking place at the Yuengling Center, doors will open at 7 p.m. and students must enter through Gate D, according to Center for Student Involvement (CSI) graduate assistant Hannah Sutherland. The show will kick off at 8 p.m. with a set by stand-up comedian Forrest Shaw and Yang is set to take the stage from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Students can pre-register for the free event through BullsConnect. Maximum occupancy for the event is just over 10,000 people, Sutherland said. On Tuesday, 456 students were registered.
Bags must be smaller than 12 by 12 by 12 inches to be allowed inside, according to Sutherland. The only exceptions for larger bags that will be allowed are parental and medical bags. Also, backpacks and packed parcels will not be allowed inside.
Yang will receive $45,000 and payment will come directly from CSI’s budget, Sutherland said. The comedian was the top pick of students in a survey completed by the student body.
Best known as an actor and comedian, Yang has starred in movies and shows including Crazy Rich Asians as Bernard Tai, the Netflix romantic comedy Love Hard as Josh Lin, and comedy series such as Space. Force on Netflix and Silicon Valley on HBO.
He has also amassed 1.11 million subscribers on YouTube where he shares videos of his stand-up shows as well as cooking videos.
Besides his stage experience, Yang is also the author of “How to American: An Immigrant’s Guide to Disappointing Your Parents”, where he explores the history of how he pursued a career in Hollywood against his parents’ wishes. .
At age 13, Yang moved from Hong Kong to Los Angeles. Eventually he ended up at the Comedy Palace which, according to Yang, became his “second home”. Yang worked to improve himself and his work until he reached the level where he is now – leading tours and shows across the country.
“I never saw these challenges as obstacles; I saw them as opportunities to grow,” he said in his book. “I’d rather try to pursue my dream knowing I might fail miserably than never trying at all. This is how American.