Whiting Wongs with Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao

30 EpisodesProduced by Jessica Gao, Dan Harmon, Starburns AudioWebsite

An honest conversation about race and writing between two people who think very highly of themselves. Dan Harmon and Jessica Gao know they won't solve racism in Hollywood, but they still like to talk about it. Sometimes with guests!

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Introducing "Shanglea" (With Special Guest Andy Cohen)

May 29th, 2019

47:30
Introducing the Shangela Podcast.  You know who has the energy, charisma and rolodex to rock a weekly podcast about entertainment, politics, wellness …

29: Season 1 Finale - My Dinner With Dan Dan

May 24th, 2018

2:05:59
On the Season 1 finale of Whiting Wongs, Dan & Jessica travel to 101 Noodle Express in Alhambra, CA to talk over an authentic Chinese meal. Plus, we discuss what we've learned throughout the season, whether or not …

28: Penultimate Wongs with Professor Sora Kim

May 17th, 2018

1:57:55
Dan & Jessica discuss how comedy doesn't age well and shed some light on being a diversity hire, before having a conversation with a scientist with shark experience, Professor Sora Kim! We also discuss diversity in …

27: A Swarthy Hemisphere

May 10th, 2018

1:28:47
This week, we discuss Childish Gambino's "This Is America" video, cultural identity among white Americans, and Jessica states her expectations for …

26: 26 - Oh F*ck That's Me with Dana Han-Klein & Larissa Pruett

May 3rd, 2018

1:50:30
This week, Dan & Jessica go through some listener emails before we get into a heated debate about Matt Groening's response to the Apu controversy. Then, we talk to our guests Dana Han-Klein and Larissa Pruett about …

25 - Racism: The World's Oldest Profession

April 26th, 2018

1:21:46
In true Whiting Wongs fashion, Dan & Jessica sit down with the goal of reading listener emails and get through a total of three. But, we reveal the process for joke-writing in the Rick & Morty writers' room, …

24 - He's Brown and Everyone's Yellow

April 12th, 2018

1:26:54
This week, we discuss The Simpson's response to Hari Kondabolu's documentary, "The Problem With Apu". Plus, we reveal Jessica's 23andMe results, and …

23 - Did We Just White a Wong? with Sameer Gardezi

April 5th, 2018

1:19:19
We're joined this week by Sameer Gardezi (Modern Family, Untitled Trevor Noah Project) to talk about Muslim representation in media, the issues with the "good muslim/bad muslim" dichotomy, and more! Plus we talk about …

22 - Dad's A Little Drunk

March 29th, 2018

1:17:43
With no plans for the episode, Dan and Jessica end up reading and responding to listener emails! We disucss race and the cosplay community, give some career advice to aspiring writers, and talk about the differences …

21 - Paris Is Too Chinese For Me with Jimmy O. Yang

March 22nd, 2018

1:22:50
From HBO's Silicon Valley, the incredible Jimmy O. Yang joins us this week to talk about his experience auditioning as a POC actor, his new book, and more! We read from his audition log, Dan & Jessica brief Jimmy on …

20 - White People are the Lamborghini of People

March 15th, 2018

1:01:30
We're back! This week, we read a listener email and give advice on navigating gender and power dynamics in the writers' room. Also, a story told to …

19 - I Hate Writing, I Love Having Written

March 1st, 2018

1:13:41
This week, our producer Yusong joins us in the studio, and we answer some of his questions about writing and give some advice! We discuss multiple …

18 - The Art of War (of Submitting Your Screenplay)

February 22nd, 2018

1:17:57
This week, a Whiting Wongs debate! Dan & Jessica disagree about receiving listener-submitted scripts, which prompts a larger discussion about how to get something read in the entertainment industry. Plus, we talk …

17 - Don't Wait for the Diveristy Hire with Jas Waters

February 15th, 2018

1:34:40
We're joined by the incredible Jas Waters (This is Us, Hood Adjacent) to talk about drama writing, how writing race neutral doesn't necessarily benifit POC characters, and more! Plus we read listener emails and talk …

16 - Welcome to the F***ing Party with Dante Basco

February 8th, 2018

1:22:02
This week, we're joined by Dante Basco! We talk about his experiences playing Prince Zuko in Avatar: The Last Airbender and Rufio in Hook, and revisit the idea of appreciate vs. appropration. Plus, Dante reveals his …

15 - Gatekeeper #1: Your Parents

February 1st, 2018

1:13:41
Dan & Jessica describe the entire process of landing a writing job, and discuss the different skills showrunners look for when hiring writers. Plus, we talk about our early careers, and then Dan riffs a spec script …

14 - Gender Neutral Scripts and the Great Shark Debate

January 25th, 2018

1:16:38
This week, Dan & Jessica read and respond to listener emails, one about gender and one about sex workers. Plus, a story about writing a gender …

13 - Big Japanese Dreams with Andrew Ti and Ify Nwadiwe

January 18th, 2018

1:35:24
Andrew Ti (Yo, Is This Racist?) and Ify Nwadiwe (@midnight) join us talk to us about the question "where are you from", different reasons to learn …

12 - I Had To Think Wong And Hard

January 11th, 2018

1:06:47
Whiting Wongs is back! This week, we discuss power dynamics in the writers' room and what should or shouldn't be allowed in terms of behavior. Also, …

11 - Long Duk Dong is a Bummer

December 21st, 2017

1:10:49
Merry Wongmas! The holiday spirits are high as Dan & Jessica discuss the difference in their drinking styles, read listener emails, and address …

10 - Iranian Gangster in a Zoot Suit

December 14th, 2017

1:25:23
From the Ethnically Ambiguous podcast, Anna Hossnieh & Shereen Lani Younes join us to discuss being Middle Eastern in America, the cultural …

9 - Chinese Questions, Uber Rides, and Sharks

December 7th, 2017

1:13:05
This week, Dan asks Jessica a Chinese question, how race played into a risky Uber ride, and a long discussion about sharks that we struggle to relate to race. Also, we discuss POC writers facing harsher scrutiny and the …

8 - This Some White Nonsense with Brittani Nichols

November 30th, 2017

1:31:57
Our first ever guest, writer and actor Brittani Nichols (Transparent, Suicide Kale) joins us to talk about her experiences being the only POC in …

7 - Thanksgiving Special: You Can't Buy Height

November 23rd, 2017

1:15:00
Jessica's mom has discovered the podcast, and Jessica's horror leads to a discussion about American families vs. Chinese-American families. Jessica reveals her family's experience during the Mao regime. After some …

6 - Asian Detecting Spears

November 16th, 2017

1:07:50
We start by discussing the bottlenecks for hiring a diverse staff and debate how struggling white writers can respond to and recognize privilege. Also, Dan and Jessica teeter on the brink of fighting but are saved by an …

5 - Previous Woke Excavations

November 9th, 2017

1:01:43
This week, we read a listener email and discuss how whitewashing is less of an issue in Asian countries as it is in the U.S. Dan gives insight on the casting choices for the Community pilot, and we talk about the …

4 - They Invented Those Finger Traps

November 2nd, 2017

1:02:33
We take a look at online reactions to the show before discussing racism as a spectrum, how funny a racist joke needs to be in order to be told, and …

3 - I Don't Care If I'm White Or Wong

October 19th, 2017

1:22:12
We discuss the yet-to-be-made HBO show Confederate and the hiring process for Rick & Morty Season 3. Dan attempts and semi-succeeds in creating a Whiting Wongs theme song. Email: WhitingWongs@gmail.com Twitter: …

2 - Nazis, Trolls, and Dan's Racist Simulator

October 19th, 2017

1:22:06
We mention and offer no real insight into the Charlottesville Nazi rally, debate how to handle online trolls, and discuss how TV hiring practices …

1 - Default People

October 18th, 2017

53:13
The origin story of this very podcast is revealed (hint/spoiler: it all started with Pickle Rick). Jessica talks about being a writer of color and …
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