Hank Chen is a comic and actor who tried stand-up for the first time as a Christian college freshman in the burbs of Chicago to find his deeply-closeted voice. He’s since come out, featured at all three Chicagoland Zanies comedy clubs, and logged stage time performing and touring colleges with Stir-Friday Night – Chicago’s first AAPI comedy troupe. Fellow alumni include Steven Yeun and Danny Pudi.
He continued to pursue comedy while auditioning for on-camera work after moving to New York to enroll in The Actor’s Studio MFA program. His first jobs were roles on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Blue Bloods. Hank has been privileged and humbled to work with comics he grew up watching and admiring since entering show business. Notably, he found himself opposite George Lopez on Lopez and made his film debut in Robin William’s final theatrical release, The Angriest Man in Brooklyn. Other roles include television appearances on Community, NCIS: Los Angeles, Grace & Frankie, and film roles in Reese Witherspoon-starrer, Home Again, and Janicza Bravo’s first full-length feature, Lemon. He co-starred in Life-Size 2 opposite Tyra Banks.
In addition to appearances in films, television, and commercials, Hank currently performs stand-up all over Los Angeles and tours nationally with Crazy Woke Asians. New York audiences can catch Hank telling jokes in clubs like Carolines on Broadway, St. Marks Comedy Club, Stand Up NY, and Eastville Comedy Club, and hosting political fundraisers, charity benefits, and corporate events.
If you ever find yourself in Hank’s audience, expect a hysterical ride through the trauma of a gay Asian ex-Christian who doesn’t understand RuPaul’s Drag Race and has no interest in obtaining 6-pack abs. Yes, he did try.
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