AAP staff report
Linda Wang will be playing a Korean American woman who pokes fun at stereotypes of Asian women in professional golf on the new television comedy show “Sports Show with Norm MacDonald” set to air May 24, 2011 at 9:30 (CST) on Comedy Central.
The premise of the episode is that MacDonald and his cohorts, who talk about sports – charged with humor about the absurdities they see mostly in the professional ranks – question why is it that Korean females are seemingly dominating women’s professional golf? The show then blends some sketch comedy in their pursuit of an answer – where the crew hits the streets to find Wang, a Chinese American portraying a Korean woman, who says that her character does a little reverse psychology and pokes fun by embracing the stereotypes.
Wang said that although she doesn’t play golf, ironically she filmed a golf-themed television pilot last year called Back Nine, starring John Schneider and Carmen Electra, which was directed for Spike TV by Jason Filardi and written by Mark Perez.
Then it was up to Wang to gain a perspective that would help with the comedy. She had heard of Korean American sensation Michelle Wie, but was pleasantly surprised to learn about so many other Korean champions such as Se Ri Pak, Ji-Yai Shin, Grace Park, Inbee Par and many others that qualified for the LPGA tour.
Just as with her past appearances on Conan O’brien, Wang met with MacDonald and the writers to produce ideas at readouts. They worked in ideas to rehearsals – and made the adjustments in time to tape on location and then complete the live portion of the show.
“Its sketch comedy,” said Wang. “You just have to think fast on your feet without putting them in your mouth.”
Wang came to the MacDonald show through its producer via casting director Jim Pitt, who she knew as the head of casting for Saturday Night Live, where she at times worked in skits with Will Farrell, David Spade and Chris Kattan. She appeared regularly on the Conan O’Brien show where Pitt was in charge of casting before SNL.
“I have to thank my lucky stars to have had the golden opportunity to audition for Jim Pitt on the first episode of the Conan O’Brian show in New York City,” Wang said. “Not many Asian American actors have the opportunity to work on Conan, SNL, Jay Leno, and now The Sports Show with Norm MacDonald.”
The steady work helped pay for Wang’s schooling and acting classes. Her one hope from her experience as one of a very few Asians and women on the two shows is that someday soon SNL will have Asian American actors and actresses as cast regulars.
For Wang, the experience has focused her vision is to continue to work as a working actor. She would like one day to become the “Asian Betty White.”
Linda Wang’s notable appearances in films include: “Bird of Passage”, “Red Betta”, “The Violent Kind”, “Scarred City”, “Dead Air”, “Dark City”, and “Whatever happened to Mason Reese?” which was directed by Brett Ratner.
According to her Wikipedia page Wang can be seen doing a skit with Tracy Morgan and Jimmy Kimmel on Jimmy Kimmel Live! Her other television credits include appearances on HBO’s Deadwood, House MD, Comedy Central’s The Naked Trucker & the T Bone Show, and the Spanish series Secretos. She also had a cameo role on 8 Simple Rules as David Spade‘s speed date.
She has also had roles in the soap operas, including One Life to Live, Port Charles, Another World, Guiding Light, As The World Turns, and Days of Our Lives, and guest appearances on children’s television including Sesame Street and Mathnet.
Wang recently completed an art house film project directed by Taiwanese director Philip Shih. Her upcoming work includes a western film still in development that is to be shot in New Mexico, and said to be starring Val Kilmer and Elisabeth Shue.
When not working Wang says she likes hiking and the outdoors, along with maintaining her food blog that has nearly 6,000 followers. She cooks but does not consider herself a chef, she adds.
“I write about food and the places that I enjoy going to,” said Wang. “When it comes to food it should be universal. I enjoy healthy food that tastes good.”
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