npr / the picture show
BRUNCH CLUB / NEWS
flare magazine / tv & Movies
“People make [good comedy without offending anyone] all the time,” says Yim. “The idea that there are more things to laugh at when punching down than punching up doesn’t make any sense,” she says, because there are way more people at the bottom than there are at in positions of power.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO MAGAZINE / Life on campus
"It’s been a really cathartic experience to be able to address things that many of my peers feel in ways that are poignant, and sometimes difficult to approach. And for me, comedy’s just another part of the academic experience – another form of reading and writing, of storytelling and narrative. It’s hard to divorce these activities from my academic life as they all co-exist."
Splitsider / Follow Friday
I feel like I’m always trying to normalize the idea that it’s OK and good to be calling out racism. It’s dangerous to think about race in monolithic terms — and many egg profiles get mad at me about doing so. Obviously not all white people will do blatantly racist things, but in this industry race jokes or racism by white people can feel really inescapable. On Twitter, talking about racism in ways that people like me can understand and respond to makes me feel more ready to approach it in real life. Can white people just be chill about that?
HelloFlo / Femspiration Feature
Concerned with issues of representation in media and tech industries, she’s especially invested in raising the voices and visibility of marginalized folks of color. She talked to HelloFlo about her current projects, writing process, and general outlook on the world.
The Varsity Magazine / Feature
Yim finds pleasure in working with diverse individuals in her comedy troupes, some with experience in comedy and some with no experience at all, who are just interested in laughing. “When you get a group of people telling these stories from different points of view, what could be more interesting than that? I just can’t think of anything else,” she says.
The Medium / Arts & Entertainment
Yim was also a lively addition to the night. In her sketch acts, Yim’s vibrancy, dance moves, and witty stage presence definitely won the crowd.
The Strand / Arts & Culture
The main show opened with a sketch featuring UC Follies’s head co-writers, Celeste Yim and Kelly de Hoop, discovering a time machine and exploring the past. Unfortunately, due to their ethnicity and gender, they didn’t get very far into history. The sketch was hilarious from the get-go, and set the tone for a show that was not afraid to take risks with its content and stylistic choices.
Yim concludes with the idea that above all else, she wants “Adorable” to create a “safe space for friends and something they love doing.”
Mic.com / Identities
The idea that boys have the responsibility — and control — to determine their date while girls are expected to passively hope for an offer is emblematic in the prom tradition. As Huffington Post Teen blogger Celeste Yim wrote in 2014, the "uncertainty of being or not being asked" to prom "is a primal denial of my girl friends' integrity."
The Huffington Post
Interviews & Appearances
syfy / every day animation
XTRA NEWSPAPER / FACEBOOK LIVE
THE VARSITY / Life on campus
"Learning what kind of work was valuable was also a means to survive for me because I couldn’t afford to do things that weren’t worth my time."
NASH 80: Canada's annual national student journalism conference / Opinions panel
Yas Kween | Ethnic. Women. Funny. / Yas Kween Podcast
Metro News / Safe Space Podcast
MTV News / Facebook Live
When we talk about the Oscars, we really talk about a culture that is so exclusionary and unchanging. A lot of the time, the conversation about the Oscars is so centred around the fact that people of colour and women don't get awards because their stories aren't there or that there are other stories that were made better. Actual change needs to happen for the Oscars and the entertainment industry and that's only going to happen when people at the top penetrate that.
Arts & Science Students' Union / Facebook Live
The Globe & Mail / Colour Code Podcast
When people are like ‘oh, you’re so whitewashed,’ that feels so unfair. You’ve asked me, World, to be as white as I can be. And then to call me out on that because it’s not something that I’m able to fully become is so frustrating..
My Stupid Face
Bustle / News
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