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How Ricky Sim Found Freedom in Comedy

Growing up, Ricky Sim never thought he’d become a standup comedian. “I was really scared to be onstage,” Sim told writer Rohan Zhou-Lee. Like many first and second generation immigrants, a scarcity mentality and the fear of instability made Sim pursue a career in law for five years.

These days, however, the Queens-based writer and standup uses his comedy to break boundaries and combat the lack of representation in queer Asian comedy. His one-man show, “Coming Out to Dead People,” just ended its Off-Broadway run at SoHo Playhouse after selling out its debut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2023.

By Rohan Zhou-Lee
By Rohan Zhou-Lee

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