As part of our new podcast sharing select archival episodes of Ron Bennington’s epic interview series Unmasked, this week we are featuring Unmasked with Ali wong. The Unmasked series which began in 2008 with a brilliant hour with Patrice O’Neal has taped nearly 200 episodes since, documenting the careers of the most interesting comedy writers, directors, filmmakers, actors, screenwriters, satirists, political comedians, comedic musicians and of course, stand up comedians in the business. It is a veritable archive of the greatest comedy of our time. Past Unmasked guests have included Joan Rivers, Bob Newhart, Amy Schumer, Dan Aykroyd, Simon Pegg, Tracy Morgan, Paul Feig, Jim Jefferies, Gilbert Gottfried, Bobcat Goldthwait, Louis C.K., David Brenner, Brian Regan, Patrice O’Neal and over 150 more comedy greats.
In this episode, Ron Bennington sits down with Ali Wong in SiriusXM’s Washington D.C. studios. Bennington took Unmasked on the road to D.C. to spend an hour with Ali after seeing her explosive break out hour special, Ali Wong: Baby Cobra. Ali has been a respected headlining comic for years and on the radar of anyone who loves comedy, but hBaby Cobra, took Wong to the next level. At the time the episode was recorded, Ali had just gone back out on the road after taking some time off to have her baby- she was seven months pregnant when she taped Baby Cobra. It’s a phenomenal hour, with Ali going in depth into the way she sees comedy and the way she approached the special. She also talks about what it’s like to go on the road soon after having a baby. Any comedian looking to get to the next level should give this hour a listen, and any fan of comedy will love hearing this episode.
We chose this episode because we Wong is at one of the most exciting crossroads in a comedian’s career- fresh off a giant success but still with so much ahead of her.
Baby Cobra has gotten critical love from a wide variety of publications ranging from Vulture to Vogue, as well as fans and other comics. She also writes for ABC’s hit comedy show, Fresh Off the Boat, and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Dave Attell’s Comedy Underground, and Chelsea Lately. Wong started performing stand up after graduating from college with honors, and shortly after moved to New York City to pursue comedy. In 2011, she was listed on the prestigious Variety “10 Comics to Watch” list, and New York Magazine called her special a “star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.”
The episode was taped on June 17, 2016 in the Washington D.C. studios of SiriusXM.
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