Yas Kween | Ethnic. Women. Funny.

Interviews with funny and fearless women of colour on the comedy scene in Toronto and beyond.
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Jan 3, 2018

A sit down with Sketcherson/Stand-up/Writer and general comedic ingenue Celeste Yim. We talk about being SNL nerds, which potato chips you should like according to your generation, and how to be fearless and afraid at the same time. *OH NO, the end of our interview got cut off #humantechnologyfail, but we got a sweet 50+ minute convo!*

Dec 8, 2017

She moved to Canada from Mexico in hopes that her life would play out like the best parts of Degrassi: The Next Generation. Has it happened? Find out as we sit down with the very funny and wonderful Monica Garrido!

Oct 26, 2017

We're baaaaack! And with a wisdom-packed episode of the Women in Comedy panel discussion at Big City Improv Festival 2017! Featuring Yas Kweens Nelu Handa & Ann Pornel, and inimitable peers Nadine Djoury, Sarah Hillier, Alessandra Vite, Lisa Merchant, Jan Caruana, Becky Johnson, Ashley Comeau, Jen Goodhue, Erin Conway.

Nov 2, 2016

So lucky to have a chat with Dionna Griffin-Irons during a short trip to Toronto. If you haven't heard her story, settle in for a fascinating talk with the current Director of Diversity and Inclusion at The Second City Chicago. Also, find out why we were in a shower together! #YasKweenTo

Oct 26, 2016

As part of Big City Improv Festival, we held a panel discussion feature 9 incredible women to talk about their journey in comedy. Featuring: Jan Caruana, Ify Chiwetelu, Monica Heisey, Allison Hogg, Lisa Merchant, Maribeth Monroe, Jaime Moyer, Paloma Nunez, and Jenn Whalen. 

Jun 16, 2016

A fun old chit chat with Heather MacDonald, Toronto Stand Up darling. We talk about growing up in small town Ontario, the word "exotic" as a descriptor of humans, and the magical powers of Welch's grape flavoured frozen juice pops. 

Apr 18, 2016

A good gab sesh with Aisha Brown, the fabulous Stand Up and member of comedic rap group Runnin' at the Mouth. We talk about what it's like on the comedy scene for a woman, unspoken racism in Toronto, and the truth about anxiety hawks.

Mar 25, 2016

A brand new chat with Coko, 1/2 of the improv duo Coko & Daphney and Yas Kween mainstay! We discuss the Toronto improv scene, cultural influences that have shaped her comedic sensibilities, and finding your way to your authentic voice.

Feb 22, 2016

A talk with Rakh! We discuss the fun of sketch and improv comedy, knowing your funny, and taking the leap to become a professional Actor when you have a perfectly good University degree in Not-Acting.

Feb 9, 2016

Layin it down with the tremendously funny, ballsy and be-glittered Ann Pornel! We discuss her journey to Tour Co at Second City, being a bold woman on the comedy scene, and advice for those stepping into the game.

Jan 9, 2016

A rendezvous with the hilarious bilingual comedian, talking about the art of performing in English, overcoming personal pain through comedy, and our mutual respect and devotion to Excel spreadsheets.

Dec 17, 2015

The standup comic and producer of #BOSSComedy talks about growing up in Toronto, the big "d" (um, diversity), and why she doesn't finish the food I lovingly made for her.  

Nov 30, 2015

A deep chit-chat about Hoodo's rise in the world of standup comedy, the privileges/not-so-privileges enjoyed by people of colour, and the thing she has to do every time she gets up on stage.

Nov 18, 2015

Talking to Ruth about her new journey in Stand Up, her ongoing commitment in consuming all things comedy, and the power of flirting with the mirror before you leave the house.

Nov 10, 2015

Talking to Improviser and Stand Up comedian Ify about her insatiable curiosity to know people's secrets, becoming a Maestro, and learning to listen to the beeps. 

Oct 31, 2015

Our first guest is none other than stand-up comedian and actor extraordinaire, Aisha Alfa! We discuss her path in comedy, how to pronounce 'Detroit' and moving to ELLLL AYYYY.