Yi in San Diego, CA, July 2009
|Born||Charlyne Amanda Yi
January 4, 1986
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, musician, writer|
Her screenwriting debut, the feature film Paper Heart, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She is also known for her role as Dr. Chi Park in the medical drama House, alongside Hugh Laurie as one of the doctors on House's team.
Yi was born in Los Angeles, California, the daughter of Lydia and Luciano Yi. Her mother, a native of the Philippines, is of Filipino and Spanish descent, and her father is of Mexican, Korean, Irish, German, French, and American ancestry. She attended the University of California, Riverside before leaving to pursue a full-time career in comedy. She had an early interest in performing when she attended Bloomington High School and was involved in theatre.
Yi began by performing in Bloomington, California. After high school, she has performed shows in Los Angeles at The Steve Allen Theater, and The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. In 2005 and 2006, she performed in the New York Comedy Festival, and in 2007 HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado. Yi's film debut was in Judd Apatow's 2007 film, Knocked Up. In 2008, Yi performed as part of the Apatow for Destruction Live comedy show at Montreal's Just For Laughs Festival.
Yi and Paul Rust formed the band The Glass Beef. The duo share one electric guitar and both sing lead vocals. In 2006, they released their debut album, The Farewell Album, produced by John Spiker, bassist of Tenacious D.
In January 2010, Yi performed a duet about break-up lines (the opposite of pick-up lines) with Demetri Martin on the episode "2" for the Comedy Central sketch series Important Things with Demetri Martin. However, the duet was cut from the final edit of the episode.
Yi has been involved with Oxfam America since 2010, working to raise awareness about poverty and hunger around the world. Yi started the non-profit Caring is Cool in 2011, and hosted a benefit show to raise money for the organization.
|2009||Paper Heart||Charlyne Yi||Nominated - Comedy Film Award for Best Actress|
|All About Steve||Young Protester|
|2010||Fast||Donna Fast||A 2-minute video short|
|2012||This Is 40||Jodi|
|2006||Help Me Help You||Charlyne||1 episode, "The Sheriff"|
|2007||30 Rock||Grace Park||1 episode, "The C Word"|
|Cold Case||Dorky Girl||1 episode, "Stand Up and Holler"|
|2008||Miss Guided||Karey||1 episode, "Pool Party"|
|2011||Love Bites||Adult store cashier||1 episode, "Firsts (Pilot)"|
|2011–2012||House||Dr. Chi Park||Series regular (season 8)|
|2011||Yo Gabba Gabba!||Edith||1 Episode, Episode 55 Treasure|
|2013||Conan||Herself||Season 3, episode 135|
|2015||Looking||Cashier||Season 2, episode 7, "Looking for a Plot"|
|We Bare Bears||Chloe Park||Series regular|
|Jane the Virgin||Angela||Episode: "Chapter Thirty-Nine"|
|Future-Worm!||Zoe||Episode: "Bug vs. the Babysitter"|
|2015||Oh The Moon||text/image hybrid|
- According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at http://www.familytreelegends.com/records/39461
- Boyd, Betsy (2007-02-26). "Charlyne Yi: 10 Comics to Watch". Variety. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
- Stated in Paper Heart, 2009
- Black, John, "Falling in Love with Charlyne Yi", Color Magazine USA
- Prentice, Claire, "Preview: Charlyne Yi - Dances on the Moon", edinburgh-festivals.com, 3/8/2010
- Keepnews, Peter (2005-11-03). "Upstart Comedians Goofing on Andy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-24.
- "Just For Laughs highlights". Variety. 2008-07-10.
- Film Review: Paper Heart at the Wayback Machine (archived January 10, 2010)
- Venus Zine Staff (March 1, 2009). "25 under 25". Venus Zine. Archived from the original on March 6, 2009. Retrieved February 16, 2017.
Funny lady Charlyne Yi’s name may not sound familiar, but you have seen her in movies and TV shows like Knocked Up and Miss Guided, and now in Paper Heart, a half-documentary, half-narrative starring Yi’s real-life love interest Michael Cera about the meaning of love. Aww.
- "Song Away by Hockey with Charlyne Yi".
- "Bio: Charlyne Yi / Dr. Chi Park" Archived October 16, 2011, at the Wayback Machine., FOX website for the House MD series
- "Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park on House". channelAPA.com. November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011.
- Actress Charlyne Yi fights hunger with Oxfam — Oxfam America Archived September 21, 2010, at the Wayback Machine.
- Charlyne Yi | Caring is Cool is my new NON-PROFIT I made to help Archived July 17, 2011, at the Wayback Machine.