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It was a dark period of my life when William Hung was the most famous Asian man.
– Alan Yang
I respect the hell out of everyone who does a network show. That is a marathon. It’s so many episodes, and it can be a meat grinder. Anyone making a network show, and on top of that making a very good network show, that’s an insane feat of Herculean endurance and fortitude.
I think L.A. is underrated, and I love L.A., and I was born in California. But I’m pretty sure New York is the best city in the world – at least for an American guy like me.
On ‘Master of None,’ the majority of the episodes were just one story, and that was by design because we really wanted to focus in on the character of Dev and get the audience in his head.
We got kind of into a rhythm at ‘Parks’ because there were so many characters that we had an A story, a B story, and a C story just about every episode. So by the middle of that show’s run, we always had three stories, and it worked really well.
There is a psychic gulf that exists between myself and my grandparents because they don’t really speak English, and I don’t speak Chinese, and that’s my own personal shame because I did not learn, ever. I only saw my paternal grandma a few times in my life, and that’s really crazy.
Some of the most exciting moments in ‘Star Wars’ are when you’re cutting between stories and you’re building this momentum.
I’m a huge believer in story being this invisible scaffolding that no one ever recognizes or realizes is actually making the audience engaged in what’s going on. There is no formula for it.