Kulap Vilaysack

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Kulap Vilaysack
Kulap Vilaysack, 2015 (cropped).jpg
Kulap Vilaysack in 2015.
Kulap Tukta Vilaysack

(1980-05-11) May 11, 1980 (age 38)[1]
OccupationActress, comedian, writer, podcast host
Years active2002–present
Scott Aukerman (m. 2008)
Parent(s)Inhpeng and Bouaphet (née Sanavongsai)[2]

Kulap Tukta Vilaysack (/ˈklɑːp vɪˈlsɑːk/ KOO-lahp vi-LY-sahk; born May 11, 1980) is an American actress, comedian, and writer. She was the co-host of the Who Charted? podcast on the Earwolf network from 2010 until 2018.

Early life[edit]

Vilaysack was born in Washington, D.C. after her Laotian parents arrived from a refugee camp in Thailand. Her family soon moved to the Twin Cities, settling in the suburb of Eagan, Minnesota.[3] She has two younger sisters, Anita and Alyssa.[4]

After graduating from high school, Vilaysack moved to Los Angeles where she attended the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising and received an associate's degree. She later took classes and performed at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in Los Angeles.[2] She was also a producer of the Los Angeles/Silverlake-based alternative comedy variety show, "Garage Comedy".[5]


Vilaysack's acting work includes a recurring role as "Nurse Kulap" on the Adult Swim series Childrens Hospital. Other television guest appearances include Bob's Burgers, The Office, The Sarah Silverman Program, The Hotwives of Orlando, Parks and Recreation, Happy Endings, Reno 911! and Whitney. In 2007, she briefly worked as an associate producer on America's Got Talent.

With comedian Howard Kremer, she co-hosted the podcast Who Charted? on the Earwolf network from 2010-2018.[6]

Vilaysack is the creator and showrunner of the reality show spoof Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, her first time working in this capacity.[7] The show premiered in early 2016 as part of the launch of NBC's streaming platform Seeso. Other executive producers on the project include Scott Aukerman, Robert Ben Garant, and Thomas Lennon.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Vilaysack with husband, Scott Aukerman, and their dog, Rocky.

Vilaysack married comedian Scott Aukerman in 2008.[9]

She is currently directing a documentary about her family tree entitled Origin Story with post production continuing in 2016.[10] The film incorporates the character Katharsis of The Movement, a superhero based on Vilaysack created by author Gail Simone.[11]


Vilaysack and comedian June Diane Raphael are the founders and directors of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB)-associated "UCB Corps" community, a volunteer charity organization. Vilaysack and Raphael organize charity events and projects to help improve the community, with the help of volunteers and other UCB performers "who want to make our world a better place".[12]

In 2015 Vilaysack was named as one of Playboy's "32 Hottest Comediennes."[13]


Year Title Role Notes
2002 Run Ronnie Run Gay Female Military Type #2 Uncredited
2009 Spooner Asian Corporate
I Love You, Man Zooey's Friend
The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard Blowout Customer #2 Uncredited
2010 Peep World Lily
2014 Welcome to Me Grace Dao
Year Title Role Notes
2004–2005 Asia Street Comedy Various characters 3 episodes
2006 Fire Guys Hot Pi Episode #1.3
The Office Nikki Episode: "A Benihana Christmas"
2007 The Very Funny Show Various / Ian's Date 2 episodes
The Right Now! Show Various TV movie
2008–2012 Childrens Hospital Nurse Kulap / Nurse Sandy / Kulap 8 episodes
2008 The McCaingels Tze Lan O'Reilly Series regular
Downer's Grove Jane Episode: "Independent Brett"
Brothers & Sisters Gail 2 episodes
2009 American Contestant with Bob Odenkirk TV series short
Reno 911! Stewardess 1 Episode: "Extradition to Thailand"
Single Dads Molly Episode: "Brian Gets a Girlfriend"
The New Adventures of Old Christine Nurse Episode: "The Mole"
Secret Girlfriend Ling Episode: "You Get a New Girlfriend"
2010 The Sarah Silverman Program Carly Episode: "A Fairly Attractive Mind"
The Wanda Sykes Show Staffer #2 Episode #1.18
$#*! My Dad Says Woman Episode: "Make a Wish"
2011 Traffic Light Bartender 2 episodes
Whitney Waitress Episode: "Two Broke-Up Guys"
2012 Bob's Burgers Rupa (voice) Episode: "The Unbearable Like-Likeness of Gene"
Happy Endings Nicole Episode: "To Serb with Love"
Parks and Recreation Ulani Episode: "Ben's Parents"
2013–2016 Comedy Bang! Bang! Various 6 episodes
2013 Tiny Commando Translator Aide 2 episodes
Married Single Divorced Show Herself Episode: "Sacking Up with Kulap Vilaysack"
2014 The Hotwives of Orlando Carmelotta 2 episodes
Rubberhead Girl 3 (segment "Lisa") TV movie
BoJack Horseman Film Crew Assistant (voice) Episode: "One Trick Pony"
Garfunkel and Oates Laura Episode: "Road Warriors"
2016–2017 Love Rebecca 3 episodes
2016–present Bajillion Dollar Propertie$ Cassandra 2 episodes
Also creator, executive producer, writer, director
2016 Take My Wife Danielle 2 episodes
2017 Brooklyn Nine-Nine Nightmare Episode: "Crime & Punishment"
I'm Sorry Corinne Episode: "Weekend Alone"
Ghosted Julia Episode: "Pilot"


  1. ^ Kulap Vilaysack on IMDb
  2. ^ a b (February 24, 2010). Kulap Vilaysack blooms in Hollywood. Lao American Magazine
  3. ^ "Actress Traces Family Roots to Find Her Own 'Origin Story'". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  4. ^ Weiner, Cydney. "Actress Traces Family Roots to Find Her Own 'Origin Story'". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  5. ^ "Discussing the Future Of Talk With Scott Aukerman". Men's Journal. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  6. ^ "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Howard Kremer Goes Solo". Splitsider. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  7. ^ Porch, Scott (2017-05-26). "Young Comic TV Showrunners from Left Field". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  8. ^ Radio, Southern California Public (2016-04-05). "Comedic couple Kulap Vilaysack and Scott Aukerman partner up for 'Bajillion Dollar Propertie$'". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  9. ^ Russian, Ale. "Kulap Vilaysack on Finding Her Roots in Laos". TIME.com. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  10. ^ ""Bajillion Dollar Properties" Creator Kulap Vilaysack Wants To Be the Asian Shonda Rhimes". Fast Company. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
  11. ^ "Origin Story: A Documentary". Originstorydoc.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  12. ^ "The UCB Community Cares". Ucbcorps.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
  13. ^ Lemco, Tyler (2015-05-24). "Funny AND Gorgeous: The 32 Hottest Comediennes - Slide 23". Playboy.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.

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