I love discovering new comedians, especially through audio. It makes you have to really listen to the craft of the comedian and not take their look or ethnicity to make a pre-judgement.
Comedian Ed Hill is the perfect example of this.
I was traveling on VIA Rail and thought what better time than to laugh out loud. And yes I did.
Through his album, I found out he speaks mandarin, that his parents picked funny English names and how his culture has affected different aspects of his life.
What I liked is that, his culture influenced him but did not define him as a person. He talks about himself being a useless millennial and why that is, being an first generation immigrant child and all the funny that comes with it.
I used to work at a Chinese depanneur (corner store) in Montreal and the owners would always be saying what sounded like “Nigga” but it’s not. I thought I was going crazy. Ed reassured me I was not alone, as the word means “this one” but sounds like “negga” and when said many times over, well you can understand how it can be misconstrued.
Love is a game, for Asians it’s Hunger Games.Ed Hill
There are so many good jokes on this album and well written. As a child of immigrants, I loved the similarities even though his parents are from a totally different country, I’m convinced that most immigrant parents are the same: Tough Love on their kids, they don’t say I Love You and when you do accomplish something big, they shrug it off to make their kids work harder.
I have to say, it’s true.