Kulap Vilaysack in 2015.
Kulap Tukta Vilaysack
May 11, 1980
Washington, D.C., U.S.
|Occupation||Actress, comedian, writer, podcast host|
Scott Aukerman (m. 2008)
|Parent(s)||Inhpeng and Bouaphet (née Sanavongsai)|
Kulap Tukta Vilaysack (/
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. She has two younger sisters, Anita and Alyssa.
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. She was also a producer of the Los Angeles/Silverlake-based alternative comedy variety show, "Garage Comedy".
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.
Vilaysack is the creator and showrunner of the reality show spoof Bajillion Dollar Propertie$, her first time working in this capacity. The show premiered in early 2016 as part of the launch of NBC's streaming platform Seeso. Other executive producers on the project include Scott Aukerman, Robert Ben Garant, and Thomas Lennon.
She is currently directing a documentary about her family tree entitled Origin Story with post production continuing in 2016. The film incorporates the character Katharsis of The Movement, a superhero based on Vilaysack created by author Gail Simone.
Vilaysack and comedian June Diane Raphael are the founders and directors of the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCB)-associated "UCB Corps" community, a volunteer charity organization. Vilaysack and Raphael organize charity events and projects to help improve the community, with the help of volunteers and other UCB performers "who want to make our world a better place".
|2002||Run Ronnie Run||Gay Female Military Type #2||Uncredited|
|I Love You, Man||Zooey's Friend|
|The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Blowout Customer #2||Uncredited|
|2014||Welcome to Me||Grace Dao|
|2004–2005||Asia Street Comedy||Various characters||3 episodes|
|2006||Fire Guys||Hot Pi||Episode #1.3|
|The Office||Nikki||Episode: "A Benihana Christmas"|
|2007||The Very Funny Show||Various / Ian's Date||2 episodes|
|The Right Now! Show||Various||TV movie|
|2008–2012||Childrens Hospital||Nurse Kulap / Nurse Sandy / Kulap||8 episodes|
|2008||The McCaingels||Tze Lan O'Reilly||Series regular|
|Downer's Grove||Jane||Episode: "Independent Brett"|
|Brothers & Sisters||Gail||2 episodes|
|2009||American Contestant with Bob Odenkirk||TV series short|
|Reno 911!||Stewardess 1||Episode: "Extradition to Thailand"|
|Single Dads||Molly||Episode: "Brian Gets a Girlfriend"|
|The New Adventures of Old Christine||Nurse||Episode: "The Mole"|
|Secret Girlfriend||Ling||Episode: "You Get a New Girlfriend"|
|2010||The Sarah Silverman Program||Carly||Episode: "A Fairly Attractive Mind"|
|The Wanda Sykes Show||Staffer #2||Episode #1.18|
|$#*! 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–present||Bajillion Dollar Propertie$||Cassandra||2 episodes|
Also creator, executive producer, writer, director
|2016||Take My Wife||Danielle||2 episodes|
|2017||Brooklyn Nine-Nine||Nightmare||Episode: "Crime & Punishment"|
|I'm Sorry||Corinne||Episode: "Weekend Alone"|
- Kulap Vilaysack on IMDb
- (February 24, 2010). Kulap Vilaysack blooms in Hollywood. Lao American Magazine
- "Actress Traces Family Roots to Find Her Own 'Origin Story'". NBC News. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- Weiner, Cydney. "Actress Traces Family Roots to Find Her Own 'Origin Story'". NBC News. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
- "Discussing the Future Of Talk With Scott Aukerman". Men's Journal. 2014-06-05. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "This Week in Comedy Podcasts: Howard Kremer Goes Solo". Splitsider. 2018-03-08. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- Porch, Scott (2017-05-26). "Young Comic TV Showrunners from Left Field". New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-20.
- Radio, Southern California Public (2016-04-05). "Comedic couple Kulap Vilaysack and Scott Aukerman partner up for 'Bajillion Dollar Propertie$'". Southern California Public Radio. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- Russian, Ale. "Kulap Vilaysack on Finding Her Roots in Laos". TIME.com. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- ""Bajillion Dollar Properties" Creator Kulap Vilaysack Wants To Be the Asian Shonda Rhimes". Fast Company. 2017-06-22. Retrieved 2018-03-22.
- "Origin Story: A Documentary". Originstorydoc.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
- "The UCB Community Cares". Ucbcorps.tumblr.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.
- Lemco, Tyler (2015-05-24). "Funny AND Gorgeous: The 32 Hottest Comediennes - Slide 23". Playboy.com. Retrieved 2016-12-29.