Remember the scene in the Beverly Hillbillies when Jed is “shootin’ at some food” and suddenly “up from the ground comes bubblin’ crude”? Well, that’s similar to what happened recently when ATO did a brief story on S-Cube Entertainment’s girl group Umamiya. We, figuratively, poked at the ground a bit and up came a geyser of talent – in the form of Cold Tofu, an L.A.-based Asian American comedy improv and sketch group.
Ya see, for those who haven’t yet caught on, the whole S-Cube/Umamiya “phenomenon” is the … er … work of Cold Tofu. Cold Tofu deserves a huge article – something beyond the scope of this humble website – but you can and should check out their website at www.coldtofu.com.
Much to our amazement, our little Umamiya feature brought a flurry of positive comments and emails from the Tofu gang themselves — and we appreciate that more than they know. One of the responders was Tofu core member Corinne Chooey (aka Cathedral Leung of Umamiya). Her photo looked pretty interesting, so we began poking around at her — um, FIGURATIVELY of course — and again the geyser raged forth. Hmm.
OK — right here and now we’re going to abandon the Beverly Hillbillies parallel ‘cuz it’s getting a little iffy.
Nevertheless – closer examination of Ms. Chooey/Leung’s background revealed a wealth of captivating data: raised in Frisco’s Chinatown, Chooey has been performing since an early age. Church plays and community theatre led to gigs with everything from Lodestone to Sara Lee — and she’s appeared in fare like Reno 911 and flicks with stars like Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx. She’s SAG, AFTRA and AEA — and that’s just scratching the surface. For the whole story, check out her webpage: www.corinnechooey.com.
To get to the point of all this — Chooey is also a writer and a while back she wrote (and produced) a real jewel of a short film, “Chinatown Rhapsody” — which we present below for your viewing pleasure.
Of this film, Chooey says “This is my homage to the San Francisco community that will forever be near and dear to my heart. Growing up, I often heard stories from my grandparents about a swanky Chinatown Nightclub they used to visit in the 1940’s. Rumor has it, I actually had an aunt who danced in the chorus. ”