When you’re the IT Girl…
When you’re the IT Girl…
Thanks to all of you who’ve e-mailed me, sent me tweets @kathrienahn, and let me know that this story inspired you in some way, shape or form. I was really psyched to record this piece for NPR’s Marketplace (Thanks Nancy Farghalli!) and more importantly, it’s made me want to be a better actress, writer, and comic.
It’s weird that with the holidays over and 2012 on the horizon, I feel like my life outlook has changed a lot. I’ve learned a crapload about life, but there’s so much that I don’t know jack about. Which is what I’ll probably explore with my writing and comedy.
And if you’re going through some tough shit in your life, just know that THINGS DO GET BETTER. Figure out how to deal with your situation in a positive way even when things seem really bleak. Uh..trust me, my life is not perfect now, but I have things to be happy about now. I’m not a bible thumper, but prayer, running, and writing jokes have gotten me through many tough times. Maybe it’ll do the same for you.
Oh, and to all you peeps who’ve visited me at Boo’s Philly Cheezsteaks and Hoagies, thanks for being so cool. And if you wanna listen to the NPR piece, I’ve embedded it below. (P.S. Things are getting better for my family since the piece aired. In case you were wondering)
So excited that the story is on the cover of Koream Magazine for the November Issue!
With lemons, you gotta make lemonade right? I’m more partial to Crystal light, but anywayz. Thanks to Julie Ha and Eugene Yi of Koream Journal for all your help with the story. And shout out to my parents, John and Christal Ahn, as well as my brother, Andrew Ahn. We’ve bickered and fought through all the difficult times, but we’ve worked our asses off to move forward. And things are slowly getting better. And thanks to DVO…for all the support, constructive criticism, editing, and just general kick-assness. <3
And thanks to Gerry Katzman who taught me about writing jokes and helping me not freak out when first doing stand up. You’re awesome.
Thanks to all of you who came out to the first ever Cross Section Comedy Show at the Hollywood Improv lab. It was a packed show and we had everyone from my co-producer Pete D’Alessandro to ‘Conan’ peeps including, Alison Flierl, Scott Chernoff, Joe Cristalli and Brian Stack. Not to mention stand up comics Jason Lacour, Keith Nelson and Pete Banachowski.
Thanks again, you guys!
This was in the green room. Uh. I think it was Ali’s.
Oh, Ali and Scott have a really funny webseries called ‘TV Guide Letter Theater.’ Check it out!
Next Show! Please come out to the Improv Lab on Melrose on October 10, 2011 at 8:30 PM. Only $5 for tickets.
Or you could click here to buy tickets online...
If there’s one thing my Dad taught me, it’s that when when you fall down, you have to get back up. And believe me, my dad and I both have fallen down a lot in life. So, I actually wasn’t TOO surprised when he told me he’s opening Boo’s Philly Cheezsteaks & Hoagies (named after my late grandma, Boo Soon Lee) in Silverlake. Considering how rough it has been for my parents in the recent past, my parents and I chalk it up both to God’s grace (Also, a his business partner that he met at church). I don’t write about religion much, but how else can you explain how this happened?
So, why Boo’s Philly Cheezsteaks & Hoagies? Well, my dad’s first job in America was working at a cheesteak/hoagie shop in South Philly. Granted, this was before my brother and I were born, but my dad knew he needed to take care of his family. So, he worked long hours at the shop and learned about what makes a delicious Philly cheesesteak and hoagie. It’s about Amoroso’s bread, good-quality ingredients, and of course, made with that Philly ‘keep it real’ kind of love.
So, I’ve already set up the Twitter for Boo’s Philly Cheezsteaks & Hoagies and my entire family is working hard to get this business going. I remember the day a couple of years ago when my dad called me and my brother and told us that he lost everything and was moving in with us to our apartment in Los Angeles.
It turned our world upside down. I gave up my dream for a while. I got a desk job. I thought that this was it for me. But then, I started doing stand up, our family unit was squeezed but then strengthened again, and life moved forward.
Recently, I wrote my first article for ‘Glamour’ magazine, wrote a comedy pilot based on all this, and signed with a talent management firm. And now, my dad is finally getting to realize his dream of starting a new business again. He really is like infamous Rocky with that Philly ‘I don’t give a fuck because I don’t give up’ attitude.
Maybe that’s why I never gave up. So, the lesson here is that you should come to the shop when it opens. Oh, and don’t give up on your dreams no matter how hard it gets. Trust me.
hey guys! I’m going to be writing an article for Los Angeles Magazine’s October 2011 issue that will be devoted to the L.A. Woman. I love this magazine for its features, what-to-do-in-LA short pieces, and of course the glossy photos. Which reminds me. I need some glossy photos for this site. (Met with a new friend and talented web designer, Stacey O, who let me know that my ghetto photos need to go.) Stacey, I know, I will stop my laziness and get with the times. Keep a look out peoples!