A surreal act unfolds as an Asian-American comedian battles her insecurities manifesting across her apartment before an open mic.
Crouching Comic is a short surrealist comedy written by Alberta Poon & Katie Nguyen. Thematically, the film focuses on the first-generation experience of identity, familial ties, and mental health. Too few asian women are featured as protagonists within modern storytelling, often being relegated to minor, peripheral roles. Crouching Comic emphasizes these underrepresented voices in both film and comedy, and was created by an all asian cast and crew. Not only is it important to represent Asian-Americans on screen, but in order to craft truly authentic stories, it’s paramount that the people behind the story represent the faces on screen. The film stars Katie Nguyen, two-time winner of Portland Mercury’s ‘Geniuses of Comedy' and WWeek's funniest person in Portland 2021.​​​​​​​
Directed by: Alberta Poon
Written by: Alberta Poon & Katie Nguyen
Producer: Annie Tonsiengsom
DP: Scott Uyeda
Executive Producer: Alberta Poon
Associate Producer: Fran Bittakis
Production Designer: Anne Siriwatt
Assistant Director: Kanani Koster
Production Coordinator: Lyn Loo
Stylist: Jacqi Ko
HMUA: Stormy Brady
Assistant Camera: Summer Luu
Gaffer: Joe Bowden
Second AC/Swing: Anthony Yamashiro
Audio Mixer: Kai Pacifico Eng
Grip: Lisa Yimm
Production Assistant: Diana Suarez
Photographer: Christine Dong
Script Supervisor: Chelsea Unsbee
Editor: Ali Mao
Assistant Editor: Kai Pacifio Eng
VFX Supervisor & Compositor: Dan Kim
VFX Compositor: Tristian Wake
Sound Designer & Re-Recording Mixer: Jordan Eusebio
Original Music by: Timo Chen
Original Music by: Luna Li
Colorist: Scott Uyeda

Leila Le: Katie Nguyen
Leila's Mom: Lana Dong
Fridge Heckler: David Calkins

Production House: Nocturnal Uniform Productions in association with Actual Industries
Crouching Comic is funded in part by the Regional Arts & Culture Council.

BTS photos by Christine Dong
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