Something amazing happened today…
January 19, 2012 by James Cheng
Something amazing happened today at the Canadian headquarters for the world’s largest consumer products company: Asiansploitation, with the backing of P&G’s Asian Professional Network to celebrate Lunar New Year, performed a 45-minute sketch-comedy show called “We Will Wok You” [not to be confused with our 2009 full-length comedy show of the same name] to uproarious laughter and applause from the 150+ or so P&G audience members of all backgrounds and functions. The auditorium, normally reserved for serious presentations and events transformed into a theatre where lighting, lapel mics, and a stage were brought together to give P&G an unforgettable experience.
That’s where Asiansploitation delivered comedy gold: with a selection of the troupe’s favourite and most-loved sketches in the past 5 years to combine story and songs with an Asian flair to celebrate the Lunar New Year on January 23, 2012.
But note that this is not a traditional approach for P&G to celebrate such an office affair: Past dragon dances, feng shui lectures, or dumpling wrapping competitions were all fun, but it was time to elevate Asian culture in the office to be hip and cutting-edge smart through something bold and easy! Bring in Toronto’s top Asian comedy troupe to perform a show to create “the perfect blend of culture, celebration and light-heartedness”, as noted by P&G’s Sales Director.
Most importantly, for those who were able to make it out to the January 19, 2012 show, there was all-around high praise: “I hadn’t laughed so much in ages” wrote Shab, a sales manager. Lisa, an executive assistant exuded: “many, many, many great laughs… a standing O to the troupe”; while Gautam from IT simply said that he “freaking loved it”. Not bad for a 45-minute lunch-time show that attracted a broad range of people from P&G.
Most importantly, the audience – Asian or not, was able to connect with the range of Asian messages in the show. The poignant moments brought sadness and laughter to create an emotionally satisfying show to people of all stripes and creeds. As the lights went up, the applause started and didn’t seem to want to stop. Two curtain calls later, the room lights were back on as people started filing back to their cubicles with smiles filling the air. Congratulations to P&G, the APN, and Asiansploitation as the once-packed and rancourous auditorium emptied to a dull roar.
To sum it all up with a quote: “the show made my day.” Thanks, P&G!