When Brian was a kid, he played a game while watching television: find an Asian person. There usually wasn't an Asian character; at best, an extra buying coffee. Today, he scrolls through Netflix and challenges himself to find a show that has more than one person of color as a lead. Though there has been some progress in media, it's still harder than it sounds.
Brian found improv in college and fell in love with the artform. He eventually started performing weekly, sometimes traveling across the country to improv festivals. But when he moved to San Francisco, he found that the improv scene was not as diverse as the people who lived in the Bay.
April, a friend of Brian's from college, had taken improv classes in the Bay Area and found herself discouraged by the lack of people of color in her classes.
In the Fall of 2017, they found themselves sitting in Brian's car overlooking the sunset, imagining what it would be like if there were an improv company full of people who looked like them, whose stories they could connect with.
A place where people of color could feel uninhibited, make mistakes, celebrate failure, let loose and be silly. They figured they must not have been the only ones who felt this way.
Well, in the words of Toni Morrison, "If there is a book that you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, you must be the one to write it."