We present you these stand up acts so you laugh at what nobody tells you about pregnancy and motherhood
Ali Wong is an American actress and comedian. She has Asian descent: she is half Chinese and half Vietnamese, that is, she has "elegant Asian" and "wild Asian", as she says herself to laugh at her roots.
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Thus, this comedian is self-critical and mocks herself, her husband, the marital life, their ancestry and, above all, pregnancy and motherhood. It has two Netflix specials: Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife. In both she is pregnant and in both she tell us what nobody says about motherhood and marriage.
She is funny and sharp, as she says: pregnancy and motherhood will not stop her from making high-pitched jokes. Here we tell you-everything you should know about her and her standup.
It's Mother's Day 2016 and Ali Wong is seven and a half months pregnant. Before it had cost her to sell tickets because not many knew her. That day Netflix launched Baby Cobra, the stand-up of an Asian-American pregnant. On stage, Ali Wong tells us about her life. She had just gotten married and was expecting a baby. Reflect on interracial couples and what's behind that.
She tells her own case: she is also married to an Asian. This is Justin Hakuta, MBA from Harvard. She mocks feminism with feminist arguments: she talks about how women should not work before and now they must be tied to a man to not do it. She seems to regret after this in her next Netflix special, which we'll talk about below. She says that her husband meant for her a ticket to-the life-of the housewife for his university degree, but in the end, in a twist, we see how he has trapped her.
Before Ali Wong, other comedians like Joan Rivers had gone on stage pregnant. There are also Asian-American comedies, this is-the case of All American Girl, a nineties sitcom that revolved around-a Korean-American family; and also of Fresh Off The Boat, which narrated the life of a Chinese family that moves to Chinatown in Washington and for which Wong wrote before.
What differentiates Ali Wong from this background is that she does not censor herself when talking about pregnancy or his race. In Baby Cobra he talks about how her mother, who is Vietnamese, has third world behaviors and how this has affected her relationship with her. She has no problem with sharing moments of Her intimate life with her husband and family on stage.
Hard Knock Wife
Then, on Mother's Day this year, Netflix released Hard Knock Wife, which works as a sequel to Baby Cobra. Ali Wong is pregnant again and has a lot to say about post-partum. She speaks, in contradiction with her first stand-up special, about how motherhood is a job. Take to the stage the problem of maternity leave, for which there are no federal laws in the United States.
Her strongest arguments are jokes about the female body after childbirth and about how it is impossible to work immediately after giving birth. In a profile the New York Times made of the comedian, she says that "Now that [Wong] has more experience as a mother, Hard Knock Wife explores more deeply the subject of motherhood than Baby Cobra, but if she was waiting for a mature evolution and Humbly, think again: Wong jokes about flatulence, urination, and various sexual acts, but his dirtiest material will be the one that concerns delivery. "Giving birth is hard core," he said at home. "Sex is not dirty. A cesarean is dirty "".
And it is true, can be seen in this sequel how Wong has reflected and has noticed new things after his first delivery. His firm stance on maternity leave is important, because with his graphic jokes about the postpartum he makes his arguments clear.
Reflect, also, on the level of fame that has reached after Baby Cobra and how this has changed his family life. Explore the issue of being the head of a family as a woman and how this does not intimidate your husband but rather excites him. She tells the New York Times in an interview that she sometimes has to cut some jokes about her intimacy in favor of her marriage, because "a cool joke is not worth it".
However, their marriage and motherhood are still the main material of their jokes. And it seems to be an inexhaustible source because something new always happens in the daily life of a mother of 36 years.
LatinAmerican Post | Juliana Rodríguez Pabón
Translated from: 'El lado divertido de la maternidad: Ríete con Ali Wong'
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