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Ali Wong on Her Famous Dress, Dirty Jokes & Keanu Reeves


HOW ARE YOU DOING?>>GOOD.>>Jimmy: VERY GOOD TO HAVE YOU HERE.>>IT’S SO NICE TO BE HERE.>>Jimmy: I THINK MOST PEOPLE PROBABLY KNOW YOU PRIMARILY FROM YOUR COMEDY SPECIALS.>>YES.>>Jimmy: IN BOTH OF WHICH YOU WERE PREGNANT.>>I KNOW. AND PEOPLE ALWAYS ASK ME, ARE YOU GOING TO BE PREGNANT FOR EVERY SINGLE STAND-UP SPECIAL? I’M LIKE THAT’S NOT A SUSTAINABLE CAREER STRATEGY. WHAT, AM I GOING TO GET PREGNANT LIKE EIGHT TIMES?>>Jimmy: I DON’T KNOW. THAT’S UP TO YOU, I GUESS. IT WOULD BE QUITE A HOOK.>>NO. NO MORE.>>Jimmy: BY THE WAY, THESE ARE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE SPECIALS. AND THEY INSPIRE PEOPLE TO START DRESSING UP LIKE YOU.>>YES.>>Jimmy: THESE ARE JUST RANDOM PEOPLE FROM INSTAGRAM. [ LAUGHTER ]>>I KNOW. IT’S SO CRAZY. WHEN IT HAPPENED THAT FIRST HALLOWEEN AND EVERYBODY DRESSED UP IN THE STRIPED DRESS, AND IT WAS CRAZY BECAUSE ALL OF THESE WOMEN SAID TO ME, THANK YOU FOR GIVING US ASIAN-AMERICAN WOMEN FINALLY AN EASY HALLOWEEN COSTUME. [ LAUGHTER ] THEY WERE LIKE IT’S SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO — LOOK, OLIVIA MUNN.>>Jimmy: OLIVIA MUNN DRESSING AS YOU.>>THEY WERE LIKE IT’S SO NICE TO BE ABLE TO NOT WEAR A WIG, NOT HAVE TO BUY A WIG AND JUST WEAR A STRIPED DRESS FROM MY CLOSET AND SHOVE A PILLOW UP THERE. SO REALLY THEY’RE THANKING ME FOR GIVING THEM A CHEAP COSTUME. WHICH IS SUCH AN ASIAN THING TO BE GRATEFUL FOR. [ LAUGHTER ] BUT YEAH, I THINK THAT’S ONE OF THE LIKE — I HATE TALKING ABOUT REPRESENTATION BECAUSE I GET ASKED ABOUT IT ALL THE TIME AND DIVERSITY. BUT I HAVE TO SAY THAT FOR ME I THINK THOSE COSTUMES WERE KIND OF LIKE A VERY UNEXPECTED DELIGHTFUL BENEFIT OF REPRESENTATION.>>Jimmy: YEAH.>>BECAUSE HALLOWEEN IS ONE OF THOSE HOLIDAYS THAT’S SO LIKE JOYOUS BUT IT CAN BE REALLY STRESSFUL. YOU KNOW, FOR LITTLE KIDS BECAUSE THEY’RE LIKE I HAVE TO GET A WIG BECAUSE I NEED TO BE POISON IVY. BUT LIKE FOR THEM THEY WERE LIKE THIS IS SO NICE TO JUST — >>Jimmy: I WAS A WOLFMAN EVERY YEAR. BECAUSE I NEVER HAD A COSTUME. AND I PUT — >>YOU FELT REPRESENTED. REPRESENTATION MATTERS.>>Jimmy: FINALLY WOLFMEN HAVE BEEN REPRESENTED. SO WHAT HAPPENED TO THAT DRESS, THAT — >>I STILL HAVE IT. BUT THE SMITHSONIAN ACTUALLY ASKED ME TO DONATE IT. TO THE NATIONAL MUSEUM OF AMERICAN HISTORY.>>Jimmy: FOR REAL?>>FOR REAL REAL. YEAH.>>Jimmy: AND YOU GAVE IT TO THEM, RIGHT?>>I SAID NO. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: WHAT? ARCHIE BUNKER — FONZIE’S JACKET IS THERE 37. >>THE DOROTHY RED SHOES ARE THERE. AND I SAID NO. BECAUSE THAT DRESS IS DISCONTINUED AND I WANTED TO SAVE IT FOR MY DAUGHTER. BUT THEN I HAD TWO. AND THERE’S ONLY ONE OF THE DRESS. AND I WAS LIKE I DON’T WANT THEM TO FIGHT OVER THE DRESS. AND IT WOULD BE AN HONOR TO HAVE THAT DRESS BE AT THAT MUSEUM.>>Jimmy: YEAH. SO IS THE DRESS NOW THERE?>>NO. I HAVE TO — I HAVE TO GIVE IT TO THEM. AND THEN THEY ALSO HAVE TO WASH IT BECAUSE THERE’S ALL THIS PROBABLY LIKE PREGNANT JUICE ON IT. [ LAUGHTER ] THAT JUICE WAS LIKE $8 FROM H & M. IT’S SO CRAZY.>>Jimmy: WELL, YOU CAN BUY THEM NOW AT PARTY CITY IT SOUNDS LIKE.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: WELL, THAT’S QUITE AN HONOR TO HAVE SOMETHING YOU WORE IN THE SMITHSONIAN.>>IT IS. YOU KNOW, AND I THINK ABOUT — WHEN THEY ASKED ME AND I DECIDED TO GIVE IT TO THEM, I THINK A LOT ABT MY DAD BECAUSE HE — YOU KNOW, HE GREW UP IN THIS ONE-BEDROOM APARTMENT IN CHINATOWN WITH NO RUNNING WATER. AND HE WORKED HIS ASS OFF TO STUDY AND BECOME THIS ANESTHESIOLOGIST TO PROVIDE THE BEST LIFE POSSIBLE FOR ME AND MY SIBLINGS. AND EVEN WHEN I WAS STRUGGLING, HE WAS SO SUPPORTIVE. HE WOULD COME TO MY [ BLEEP ] — OH.>>Jimmy: IT’S OKAY.>>HE WOULD COME TO MY NOT SO WELL-ATTENDED SHOWS. [ LAUGHTER ] AND WHEN I — I’D ANNOUNCE OH, MY DAD IS HERE, EVERYBODY. AFTER I DID A REALLY FILTHY JOKE. IT WAS ALWAYS REALLY GOOD TO SAY AND MY DAD IS HERE. AND THEN HE WOULD STAND UP AND HE WOULD GO LIKE THIS. AS IF HE HAD JUST WON THE INDY 500 OR LIKE CONQUERED MOUNT EVEREST.>>Jimmy: AND HE DIDN’T MIND THE DIRTY JOKES? THAT WAS NOT SOMETHING THAT BOTHERED HIM?>>NO, NOT AT ALL. HE WAS LIKE SUPER DIRTY HIMSELF. THAT’S WHERE I GOT IT.>>Jimmy: THAT’S WHAT YOU WANT IN AN ANESTHESIOLOGIST. [ LAUGHTER ]>>AND THEN WHEN HE DIED I WAS STILL STRUGGLING. AND I THINK ABOUT LIKE, YOU KNOW, HIM SEEING THAT COSTUME AT THE SMITHSONIAN. HE WOULD PROBABLY BE OUTSIDE OF THAT MUSEUM EVERY DAY JUST BEING LIKE — >>Jimmy: WAVING PEOPLE IN. THAT’S PRETTY GREAT. WHAT A GREAT THING TO THINK ABOUT. AND IT WOULD BE NICE IF YOU DID SEND THAT TO THEM ALSO.>>OH, YEAH. I SHOULD — >>Jimmy: YOU PROBABLY SHOULD SEND THAT. [ LAUGHTER ] WE MENTIONED YOU DID SOME RISQUE MATERIAL. WAS YOUR ACT ALWAYS LIKE THAT FROM THE VERY BEGINNING?>>OH, MY GOD. IT WAS EVEN DIRTIER BACK IN THE DAY. ONE OF MY PIFIRST JOKES — THISS NOT THAT DIRTY. BUT I THINK ONE MIFF FIRST OF M JOKES I WAS REALLY PROUD OF WAS YOU EVER MIX UP THE TOOTHPASTE WITH THE KY JELLY AND WAKE UP WITH AN EXTRA WHITE BUTTHOLE? THAT WAS ONE OF MY FIRST JOKES. [ LAUGHTER ]>>Jimmy: THAT’S WHEN DAD WOULD STAND UP?>>THAT’S RIGHT. HE WOULD STAND UP. [ APPLAUSE ] AND THEN MY CLOSER WOULD BE I WOULD LIKE MOON THE AUDIENCE. AND IT WAS LIKE A REALLY BAD JOKE BUT IT WAS BASICALLY AN EXCUSE TO SHOW THE AUDIENCE LIKE MY GAPING BUTTHOLE. I WAS REALLY OBSESSED WITH BUTTHOLE JOKES. STILL AM. BUT THEY’RE BETTER NOW. AND IT WAS CRAZY BECAUSE ONE OF THE FIRST PAYING GIGS I EVER GOT WAS FOR A WEDDING. IT WAS THIS ASIAN-AMERICAN GIRL FROM SAN FRANCISCO. I HAD BUILT THIS MASMALL CULT FOLLOWING IN SAN FRANCISCO. AND THIS IESHZN-AMERICAN GIRL INTERESTED ME TO PERFORM AT HER WEDDING. AND SHE WAS GETTING MARRIED TO THIS FAMILY WHO THOUGHT SHE WAS VERY DEMURE, WHO ASSUMED SHE WAS VERY DEMURE AND PASSIVE AND SWEET BECAUSE SHE WAS ASIAN. AND THEN SHE BASICALLY LIKE USED ME TO SHOW THEM THAT ASIAN WOMEN AREN’T PASSIVE OR DEMURE. AND THEN THE GRANDMOTHER WAS — I’M DOING MY KY JELLY JOKES WHILE THEY’RE EATING THEIR CHICKEN BREAST. AND THE GRANDMA, HER GRANDMOTHER-IN-LAW WAS MORTIFIED.>>Jimmy: DID SHE SPEAK TO YOU, THE GRANDMOTHER?>>OH, SHE DID. SHE TOLD ME THAT — SHE WAS LIKE YOU COMPLETELY CHEAPENED THE WEDDING. AND THEN I COLLECTED MY $50 AND LEFT. [ APPLAUSE ]>>Jimmy: WELL, THAT’S PROBABLY WHY PEOPLE DON’T HIRE COMEDIANS AT WEDDINGS.>>YEAH.>>Jimmy: SO THIS MOVIE “ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE,” THIS IS A MOVIE YOU CO-WROTE AND CO-STAR IN WITH RANDALL PARK.>>YES. A DEAR OLD FRIEND.>>Jimmy: YOUR DEAR OLD FRIEND. AND WHO YOU WORKED WITH ON — >>”FRESH OFF THE BOAT.” I WROTE “FRESH OFF THE BOAT” FOR THREE SEASONS.>>Jimmy: THAT’S PRETTY GREAT TO START WITH. WAS IT GREAT TO HAVE THAT KIND OF RELATIONSHIP WITH HIM?>>I GUESS BECAUSE WE’VE BEEN WORKING TOGETHER FOR SO LONG I THINK THOSE SCENES — THOSE SCENES WHERE WE MAKE OUT, IT’S LIKE — YEAH, WE HAD TO HAVE A LOT OF TALKS ABOUT IT.>>Jimmy: YEAH, YOU DID.>>AND WE COMMIT — IF YOU WATCH THE MOVIE, WE COMMITTED TO IT.>>Jimmy: YOU DID COMMIT TO IT.>>YEAH. AND WHAT I SAY BY COMMITTING TO IT, YOU SEE HIS TONGUE GO IN MY MOUTH. REALLY.>>Jimmy: WAS THAT SPECIFICALLY DISCUSSED BEFOREHAND?>>NO.>>Jimmy: WHETHER IT WOULD GO IN OR NOT. [ LAUGHTER ] BECAUSE THAT WOULD BE REALLY THE ONLY QUESTION, IS LIKE YOU GOT — YOU SEE THAT IT’S IN THE SCENE.>>I HAVE TO SAY I HAVEN’T — ONE OF THE THINGS HE SAID TO ME BEFOREHAND, I WAS LIKE, OKAY, ARE THERE ANY LIKE BOUNDARIES OR WHATEVER? HE WAS LIKE JUST NO PULLING OUT PARTS. I WAS LIKE, WHAT? YOU THINK — I’VE KNOWN YOU FOR LIKE 16 YEARS. YOU THINK I’M — THIS IS A PG-13 MOVIE. YOU THINK I’M GOING TO REACH MY HAND IN THERE IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE CREW AND GRAB THE D OUT IN FRONT OF EVERYBODY? COME ON NOW. YEAH.>>Jimmy: MAYBE HE JUST WANTED TO MAKE SURE. AND KEANU REEVES IS AN UNBELIEVABLY FUNNY CAMEO — WELL, NOT CAMEO. MORE THAN A CAMEO.>>OH, MY GOD. I STILL CAN’T BELIEVE HE DID IT. AND WE DIDN’T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO SHOW UP TO THE PREMIERE.>>Jimmy: DID YOU HAVE OTHER IDEAS OF PEOPLE IN CASE — >>OF COURSE WE DID.>>Jimmy: BUT HE DID SHOW UP TO THE PREMIERE.>>HE SHOWED UP. WELL, FIRST OF ALL, HE SAID YES TO THE MOVIE, WHICH IS STILL CRAZY AND I CAN’T BELIEVE IT. AND THEN YEAH, HE SHOWED UP TO THE PREMIERE. AND HE HADN’T SEEN ANY OF THE OTHER SCENES IN THE MOVIE. BECAUSE HE SHOT WITH US FOR FOUR DAYS. HE ONLY SHOT THOSE SCENES. AND HE HADN’T SEEN ANY FOOTAGE OF THE MOVIE. SO WE DIDN’T KNOW HOW HE WAS GOING TO REACT. AND HE HAPPENED TO BE SITTING RIGHT BEHIND ME DURING THE MOVIE. AND THE WHOLE TIME I COULD HEAR HIM GO HA, HA! HA! HA, HA, HA, HA! HA HA! THAT SOUNDS DISINGENUINE. BUT IF YOU SPEND TIME WITH KEANU THAT’S A LAUGH.>>Jimmy: THAT’S UPROARIOUS FOR KEANU. WELL, CONGRATULATIONS ON ALL OF THIS. THE MOVIE IS CALLED “ALWAYS BE MY MAYBE V MAYBE.”

100 thoughts on “Ali Wong on Her Famous Dress, Dirty Jokes & Keanu Reeves

  1. May I say the movie. “Always be ny Maybe” is the Besttt Rom Com Movie ever this year!!! I would def give a 5 star review

  2. I enjoyed her baby cobra special and it was so funny and refreshing to see such a little woman with such massive energy and still pregnant as hell.

  3. Ugh? Just an opinion and comment, the red brown part of her outfit looks like a bad purse was ripped and patched up with a fishing net. Horrible how fashion and sense of style is either dead or lost in translation. No you can't or please don't wear it, you are making humans vomit. No tacks and cheese. What can you expect on Himmy.

  4. When she was talking about her dad 🥰😭 but also 😂- he sounds so wonderful and she is so sweet and clever. This was great!

  5. Honestly one of the best Netflix movies in a while. It's hilarious, sweet, such a nice movie to watch when you just wanna chill and not get dragged down the Jessica Jones rabbit hole.

  6. She is so funny and appears to be such a beautiful soul.I wish her continued success.Her father really would be so proud..Amazing lady

  7. Can't help but feel folks are using Keanu Reeves in order to ride his popularity and gain attention for themselves. I love the guy, and he's an amazing human being and all-round nice guy, but where were all these offers before John Wick became legend? I wish nothing but even greater success for Mr Reeves, but not so for the leeches attaching themselves to him.

  8. loved the movie, also crazy rich asians, fresh off the boat is a good laugh too – congrats Ali Wong and Randal Park, long may it continue !

  9. Since this is youtube & most comments are positive one can safely assume that this interview was not very funny.

  10. Her new movie on Netflix is actually HILARIOUS! I loved it and cried hysterical too! Ali Wong is a force to be reckoned with!

  11. Out of all the current late night hosts Jimmy Kimmel looks like he actually lacks a sense of humor and never seems to connect with his guests. like James Corden all the attention and adoration has to be for him and him alone…learn Colberts warmth and Meyers intelligence

  12. I love this gal. Saw both her specials on Netflix. Had me and the hubby just roaring. Saw her new movie too. It was just awesome.

  13. I have never agreed this much .. going through the comments I m literally on ‘liking ‘ spree .. love this lady 😘

  14. Who else refuses to subscribe when asked or told to? I don't get why Youtubers redundantly feel the need to remind us to subscribe. It's irritating, because the viewers are aware that subscribing to the channel is an option.

  15. Ali's comedy got me through a rough time. She was so, so relatable for me as a woman and mom. Love her.

  16. I've watched all her specials and thought that she's funny and I watch this and now think I'd want her to be my best friend

  17. Finally got around to watching her second Netflix special a few days ago and omg, I was in tears the whole time, Ali Wong is straightup hilarious I haven’t laughed that hard for years

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