George Chen

George Chen has been a musicianwriter, and event organizer before entering the world of comedy. He started the fanzine and record label Zum with his sister Yvonne in the ‘90s. He was a freelance music writer for the SF Bay Guardian, The Stranger, The Wire, and many others.

As an upstart comedy producer, Chen put on shows on a moving bus at Occupy Oakland, at still-life drawing classes, and inside a comic book store. These attempts to put on comedy in unlikely locations lead to the weekly showcase Cynic Cave at Lost Weekend Video in San Francisco and the monthly multimedia show Talkies.

George has performed at SF Sketchfest, Crash Test (with Rob Huebel and Paul Scheer), Put Your Hands Together, Holy Fuck, Marin Headlands Center for the Arts, Contemporary Jewish Museum, and SFMOMA.

He has hosted shows and shared stages with the likes of Andres Du Bouchet, Aparna Nancherla, W. Kamau Bell, Karen Kilgariff, Cameron Esposito, Johnny Pemberton, Kate Berlant, and Erik Charles Nielsen.

He had a small part as an INS agent in the short sci-fi film Mindglow and appeared in an episode of HBO’s Looking. He also co-hosts the documentary discussion podcast ‘Sup Doc.

“My favorite Mexican-American comedian.” — Aviva Siegel

“He’s a comedian?” — Scott Hewicker

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