Bio Atsuko Okatsuka is a stand-up comedian, writer, and actor who earned the admiration of her peers with her unique brand of stand-up comedy. In 2018, Vulture Magazine featured her in their “38 Comedians You Should and Will Know,” report, calling her comedy a "pretty perfect distillation of the Japanese-American experience delivered as succinct observations in a cool, calm, collected manner.” In 2019, TimeOut LA featured her as one of the top 10 Comedians To Watch in Los Angeles. As a touring comic, Atsuko plays to local and nationwide audiences, whether it’s at comedy clubs or at conferences and colleges. Atsuko also recently starred in her own one hour special that aired on Hulu as part of a six episode series called Comedy InvAsian. As a television writer, she has written on Adult Swim’s “Soft Focus with Jena Friedman” and “The Eric Andre Show,” and has a number of pilots in development. Atsuko's latest creation, “Let's Go Atsuko, A Woke Japanese Game Show,” has monthly sold-out shows in Los Angeles and is a hit weekly podcast as part of Foreverdog Podcast Network. Most recently, she has partnered with National Lampoons and Quibi to bring the televised version of “Let’s Go Atsuko” to screen. Born in Taiwan to Taiwanese and Japanese parents, Atsuko is fluent in three languages: English, Japanese, and Mandarin. Growing up in Los Angeles, she attended Venice High School, where she realized her love for performing. When she’s not performing on stage or behind the mic, she can be found dancing on her Instagram with her grandmother or giving hot takes of the world on Twitter.
Press release for Atsuko Okatsuka's Debut Comedy Album- but i control me FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Comedy Dynamics COMEDY DYNAMICS TO RELEASE ATSUKO OKATSUKA’S STAND-UP COMEDY ALBUM, BUT I CONTROL ME LOS ANGELES, CA – Comedy Dynamics has announced they will release Atsuko Okatsuka’s new comedy album, But I Control Me, on January 17 through Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Pandora, SoundCloud and much more. Atsuko Okatsuka’s new comedy album, But I Control Me, gives us insight into the creative mind of a comedian who delivers her unique brand of observational and relatable comedy in a tidy package of stories about why Detective Pikachu destroys filmmaker's dreams and how she occasionally touches tongues with dogs in Silverlake. Atsuko was named one of Vulture’s Comedians To Watch in 2018 and she’s also been featured on TimeOut LA’s list of rising comedians in 2019. Her comedy writing experience includes work on Adult Swim’s The Eric Andre Show, Soft Focus with Jena Friedman and HBO’s Room 104. “(Atsuko’s) stand-up is a pretty perfect distillation of the Japanese-American experience delivered as succinct observations in a cool, calm, collected manner,” said Vulture. TimeOut LA said “Refreshing, artistic and boundlessly confident, Okatsuka’s sense of humor makes audiences feel like they have always been on her side, even when she’s taking them to task,” – said Atsuko Okatsuka. “Atsuko’s talent for storytelling combined with her relatable, fearless stage presence are just a couple reasons why we find ourselves laughing out loud to her hilarious new album,” said Brian Volk-Weiss, CEO of Comedy Dynamics.
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