Charlyne Yi

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This is a Korean name; the family name is Yi.
Charlyne Yi
Yi in San Diego, CA, July 2009
Born Charlyne Amanda Yi
(1986-01-04) January 4, 1986 (age 30)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Occupation Actress, comedian, musician, writer
Years active 2006–present

Charlyne Amanda Yi[1] (born January 4, 1986)[1] is an American actress, comedian, musician, and writer. Her performances include music, magic, games, and often audience participation.[2] In one performance, she had her head shaved while she sang the song "Nothing Compares 2 U". Her screenwriting debut, the feature film Paper Heart, won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. She co-starred as Dr. Chi Park in the medical drama House, alongside Hugh Laurie as one of the doctors on House's team.

Early life[edit]

Yi was born in Los Angeles, California,[1] the daughter of Lydia and Luciano Yi.[3] Her mother, a native of the Philippines, is of Filipino and Spanish descent[citation needed], and her father is of Mexican, Korean, Irish, German, French, and American ancestry.[2][4][5] 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.


Performing in the Garfunkel and Oates Christmas Show at the UCB Theater

Yi began by performing in Bloomington, California.[2] 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,[6] and in 2007 HBO's U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado.[2] 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.[7]

In the 2009 film Paper Heart, a "hybrid documentary"[8] which Yi executive produced in addition to co-writing, she starred as a fictive version of herself, along with Michael Cera.

Yi was chosen as one of Venus Zine's "25 under 25" women for 2009.[9]

She has also appeared alongside Saturday Night Live cast member Fred Armisen in the music video for the song "Rabbit Habits" by Philadelphia experimental band Man Man.

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.

Yi was featured in the video "Song Away" by Hockey.[10] She is currently in the bands Keychain, and Charlyne Yi & The Rangdang.

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.

From October 2011 to May 2012, Yi starred in Fox's series House as Dr. Chi Park, a Filipina-Korean American doctor with anger-management issues.[11][12]

Non-profit work[edit]

Yi has been involved with Oxfam America since 2010, working to raise awareness about poverty and hunger around the world.[13] Yi started the non-profit Caring is Cool in 2011, and hosted a benefit show to raise money for the organization.[14]



Year Title Role Notes
2007 Knocked Up Jodi
2008 Cloverfield Party Goer
Semi-Pro Wheelchair Jody
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


Year Title Role Notes
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"
Powerloafing Executive Assistant
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"
Steven Universe Ruby Three Episodes, Jailbreak, Keystone Motel, and The Answer
We Bare Bears Chloe Park Series regular



Year Title Type
2015 Oh The Moon text/image hybrid


  1. ^ a b c According to the State of California. California Birth Index, 1905-1995. Center for Health Statistics, California Department of Health Services, Sacramento, California. Searchable at
  2. ^ a b c d Boyd, Betsy (2007-02-26). "Charlyne Yi: 10 Comics to Watch". Variety. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  3. ^ Stated in Paper Heart, 2009
  4. ^ Black, John, "Falling in Love with Charlyne Yi", Color Magazine USA
  5. ^ Prentice, Claire, "Preview: Charlyne Yi - Dances on the Moon",, 3/8/2010
  6. ^ Keepnews, Peter (2005-11-03). "Upstart Comedians Goofing on Andy". The New York Times. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  7. ^ "Just For Laughs highlights". Variety. 2008-07-10. 
  8. ^ Film Review: Paper Heart at the Wayback Machine (archived January 10, 2010)
  9. ^ "25 under 25"
  10. ^ "Song Away by Hockey with Charlyne Yi". 
  11. ^ "Bio: Charlyne Yi / Dr. Chi Park", FOX website for the House MD series
  12. ^ "Charlyne Yi as Dr. Chi Park on House". November 1, 2011. Retrieved November 9, 2011. 
  13. ^ Actress Charlyne Yi fights hunger with Oxfam — Oxfam America
  14. ^ Charlyne Yi | Caring is Cool is my new NON-PROFIT I made to help

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