Jimmy O. Yang

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Jimmy O. Yang
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Yang in 2018
Au-yeung Man-sing

(1987-06-11) June 11, 1987 (age 35)
NationalityUnited States
Other namesJimmy Ouyang
Jimmy O'Yang
Alma materUniversity of California, San Diego
OccupationActor, stand-up comedian
Years active2008–present
Chinese name
Traditional Chinese歐陽萬成
Simplified Chinese欧阳万成

Jimmy O. Yang (Chinese: 歐陽萬成; born June 11, 1987) is a Hong Kong-born American actor, stand-up comedian, and writer. As an actor, he is best known for starring as Jian-Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley,[1][2] as Dr. Chan Kaifang in the Netflix comedy series Space Force, and as Josh Lin in the Netflix romantic comedy film Love Hard (2021).

Early life and education[edit]

Yang was born in Hong Kong during British rule. His parents were both from Shanghai and later moved to Hong Kong.[3] In 2000, when Yang was 13, his family immigrated to the United States and settled in Los Angeles, California.[4][5][6][7] His aunt and grandmother were already living in the US; his parents joined them primarily to allow Yang and his brother, Roy, access to better schools.[5] Yang enrolled at John Burroughs Middle School for eighth grade,[7] then later attended Beverly Hills High School.[6]

Yang graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a degree in economics in 2009.[5] The commencement speaker at his college graduation was his future Silicon Valley showrunner and fellow UCSD alumnus Mike Judge.[7]


Yang did his first stand-up set at 21 years old as "Lowball Jim" at the Ha Ha Comedy Club in North Hollywood, Los Angeles.[7]

After graduation, he interned at the financial consulting firm Smith Barney in Beverly Hills, California, but found it unfulfilling and turned down its return offer.[6][7] Instead, he returned to San Diego to finish his graduation requirements. He stayed in the city afterward, where he sold used cars, DJed at a strip club, and seated customers at a comedy club to support himself while doing stand-up sets for free at The Comedy Palace.[7] There he met his mentor, Sean Kelly, a stand-up comedian who ran the venue and later created the reality show Storage Hunters.[8][7]

When Yang moved back to Los Angeles, he signed up with Central Casting, due to their low barrier of entry, and with various casting websites. He was spurred to consider acting when a friend told him there was money to be made in residual checks from commercials. In the interim, he did stand-up sets around Southern California and signed up for acting classes. He eventually found acting representation through the Vesta Talent Agency.[7]

Yang made his television debut on the CBS series 2 Broke Girls in 2012, and his first late-night stand-up appearance on The Arsenio Hall Show in 2014.[7] He played Tang-See in season 9 of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and appeared in an episode of Criminal Minds as Nathan Chow, a high-school student who suffered a psychotic break. He was a writer/consultant for the Harlem Globetrotters,[9] and voiced roles in the video game Infamous Second Son.[10]

He initially appeared on Silicon Valley in a guest role, making scale, then $900 per episode. He appeared in three episodes and spent the money on a Prius so he could drive for Uber to earn money between the show's first and second seasons. For season 2, he was promoted to series regular.[11] Prior to the announcement, he had landed a series-regular role on the Yahoo! Screen original television show Sin City Saints. He turned down the offer because it would have required him to quit Silicon Valley,[7] which ran from 2014 to 2019.

Yang's first dramatic role was as Dun "Danny" Meng, a Chinese immigrant who is carjacked by the Tsarnaev brothers, in the 2016 action drama Patriots Day.[12]

In 2018, he played Bernard Tai in the romantic comedy film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu.[13]

On September 26, 2019, it was announced that Yang was cast as Dr. Chan Kaifang in the Netflix comedy series Space Force.[14]

In 2020, he starred opposite Ryan Hansen in two films, Like a Boss and Fantasy Island, released a month apart. In the first film, their characters were business partners; and in the second, they were step-siblings who were strongly fond of each other.

Yang's comedy special Good Deal was released on Amazon Prime Video on May 8, 2020.[15] He stars opposite Nina Dobrev in Netflix's Love Hard, his first romantic film.[16]

How to American[edit]

Yang is also the author of How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents, a book where "he shares his story of growing up as a Chinese immigrant who pursued a Hollywood career against the wishes of his parents."[17] Mike Judge wrote the foreword.[18]

Yang has also continued doing stand-up comedy; in 2018, he appeared on a tour titled after the book.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Along with English, Yang speaks Shanghainese, Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese.[7]

Yang's father, Richard Ouyang,[20] later signed with the same talent agency and has appeared in several films, including playing his son's character's father in Patriots Day.[6]

Yang became an American citizen in 2015.[7] He has a YouTube channel with a focus on cooking.



Year Title Role Notes
2012 2 Broke Girls Person in Line Episode: "And the Secret Ingredient"
2013 Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. Chinese Teenager #1 Episode: "Girl in the Flower Dress"
2013 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Tang-See Episode: "Flowers for Charlie"
2014 Things You Shouldn't Say Past Midnight Phil Recurring
New Girl Steve Episode: "Dice"
Criminal Minds Nathan Chow Episode: "Burn"
2014–2019 Silicon Valley Jian-Yang Recurring role (season 1); main role (seasons 2–6)
2015 Battle Creek Chang Episode: "Mama's Boy"
2016 Those Who Can't James Chen Guest, 3 episodes
Broken Donny Guest, 3 episodes
2016–2017 American Dad! Hisashi / Frat Guy (voice) 2 episodes
2018 Another Period Eng Bunker Episode: "Lucky Chang's"
The Simpsons Sun Tzu (voice) Episode: "No Good Read Goes Unpunished"
Drunk History Genghis Khan Episode: "The Middle Ages"
2018–2019 Fresh Off the Boat Horace 3 episodes
2020 Good Deal Himself Standup Comedy Special
We Bare Bears: The Movie Joey Raccoon (voice) TV Movie
2020–2022 Space Force Dr. Chan Kaifang Main role


Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Internship Wa Zao Uncredited
2016 Patriots Day Dun Meng
2017 El Camino Christmas Mike the Cameraman
2018 Juliet, Naked Elliot Uncredited
Life of the Party Tyler
Crazy Rich Asians Bernard Tai [21]
The Happytime Murders Officer Delancey
2019 The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part[22] Zebe (voice)
2020 Like a Boss Ron
Fantasy Island Brax "Tattoo" Weaver
The Opening Act Will Chu
2021 Wish Dragon Short Goon (voice)
Love Hard Josh Lin
2022 Beavis and Butt-Head Do the Universe (voice)
Minions: The Rise of Gru Henchman #1 (voice)
Easter Sunday Marvin
Me Time Stan Berman
TBA 80 for Brady Filming

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2014 Infamous Second Son Male Pedestrian #5 Voice


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  2. ^ "Talking With Jian Yang, The Greatest Prank Caller In 'Silicon Valley'". UPROXX. 17 June 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  3. ^ Friedrich, Adam (24 April 2018). "From Hong Kong To LA — Jimmy O. Yang's Journey To The American Dream". Wisconsin Public Radio. Retrieved 23 May 2020.
  4. ^ Jimmy O. Yang (Comedian, HBO Silicon Valley) - Fun With Dumb - Ep. 1. DUMBFOUNDEAD. 25 July 2018. Archived from the original on 29 January 2021. Retrieved 14 November 2021 – via YouTube.
  5. ^ a b c "Jimmy O. Yang". Texas Travesty. Archived from the original on 17 April 2019. Retrieved 24 May 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Sanders, Sam (May 8, 2018). "Jimmy O. Yang on 'Silicon Valley' and 'How To American'". NPR. Retrieved 7 July 2019.
  7. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l Yang, Jimmy O. (2018-03-13). How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents. Hachette Books. ISBN 978-0-306-90350-2.
  8. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang Drove for Uber to Survive During 'Silicon Valley' Season 1". NextShark. 2018-08-15. Retrieved 2020-01-13.
  9. ^ "Jimmy Ouyang | San Francisco Comedy Competition". Archived from the original on 2012-04-20. Retrieved 2014-07-28.
  10. ^ Sucker Punch Productions. Infamous: Second Son. Sony Computer Entertainment. Scene: Credits, 3:43 in, Additional Voice Talent.
  11. ^ "'Silicon Valley' Promotes Jimmy O. Yang to Series Regular (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  12. ^ "Silicon Valley's Jimmy O. Yang is Abraham Lincoln's wingman". The A.V. Club. 15 December 2016. Retrieved 20 December 2016.
  13. ^ Yamato, Jen (August 10, 2018). "'Crazy Rich Asians': Jimmy O. Yang moves beyond 'Silicon Valley'". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  14. ^ Porter, Rick (September 26, 2019). "John Malkovich, Ben Schwartz Join Steve Carell in Netflix's 'Space Force'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved September 26, 2019.
  15. ^ Clifford, Katey (May 8, 2020). "'Jimmy O Yang: Good Deal' | Catch the 'Silicon Valley' star's stand-up comedy special on Amazon Prime Video". The Patriot-News. Retrieved 2020-05-10.
  16. ^ "'Love Hard': Nina Dobrev, Jimmy O. Yang, Charles Melton Star in Netflix's Dating App Romantic-Comedy". /Film. 2020-08-14. Retrieved 2020-10-14.
  17. ^ "How to American". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2018-05-27.
  18. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang talks Silicon Valley, Mike Judge and his book". CNET. 2018-04-05. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  19. ^ "Jimmy O. Yang brings 'How to American' to S.F." SFGate. Retrieved 2018-06-09.
  20. ^ Rana, Sambridhi. "How Jimmy O. Yang's Dad Got On 'Patriots Day'". hollywoodmask. Retrieved 2021-11-29.
  21. ^ "Crazy Rich Asian (2018)". IMDb. Retrieved January 28, 2019.
  22. ^ https://twitter.com/FunnyAsianDude/status/1086428704689946624[dead link]

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