FRESH OFF THE BOAT
Screening of the show’s pilot episode to be followed by a conversation with the executive producers
The series premiere of FRESH OFF THE BOAT on ABC in early 2015 will be a most unlikely event. Unlikely because it’s been 20 years since there’s been an Asian American sitcom on a major TV network. Unlikely because this one is Asian American from creators and producers all the way to the lead cast. Unlikely too that it’s based on the memoirs of hip-hop quoting, street-food hustling restaurateur Eddie Huang.
The pilot follows the misadventures of Eddie and his Taiwanese immigrant family from DC down to their new home in Orlando. Eddie’s parents (played by Randall Park and Constance Wu) are launching a restaurant, while Eddie and his brothers try to make a name for themselves at school, despite having to bring tupperware of stinky tofu to the lunch tables. It’s a classic story of immigrant insanity, seen through the eyes of a second-generation Asian American kid. It’s also a fantastic voyage through the mid-90s: Lunchables, Nas lyrics, Wu-Tang t-shirts.
Hoping to pick up where Margaret Cho’s All-American Girl left off 20 years ago, FRESH OFF THE BOAT centers on another firecracker of a commentator. For years now, Huang has been a fresh, outspoken voice on all things Asian American, especially as they relate to style and food (he’s the proprietor NYC’s Baohaus). With FRESH OFF THE BOAT, he has his biggest platform yet, which he shares with a number of talented young actors and a team ready for prime time. –Erwin Mendoza
Executive Producer: Nahnatchka Khan, Melvin Mar, Jake Kasdan
Cast: Randall Park, Hudson Yang, Constance Wu, Ian Chen, Forrest Wheeler
Producer: Eddie Huang