18 Mighty Mountain Warriors
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(New revisions 2/4/2014)
Notes by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Key: F=all new full-length feature show, P=partial new material, C=collaboration, S=short show



AArisings III (P)
In Deep Shabu Shabu (F)
Notice How She's Her Gaits but a Limply Gallop (F)
Wumpa Wumpa meets Le Shank Hawai'i (F)
Forget Tattoos & Body Piercing, Get an Epicanthic Fold (F, with a couple of old pieces)
Sex, Guns & Hello Kitty: What a Hell Did I Got in America? (F)
The 8:47pm Show: What do you mean Noh Space? There's Plenty of Space! (F)
Multicultural Riot (collaboration with Culture Clash, Latina Theater Lab, and independent poets) (C)
The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Journey to the West (F)
Fatty Cat Pippi Bites the Navel (F)
Affirmative Action Adventure (co-production with Campo Santo) (C)
Close Encounters of the Third World (collaboration with Latina Theater Lab) (C)

My Own Private Sukiprata version 1.0 (F)
My Own Private Sukiprata version 2.0 (P)
52 Percent(F)
The Last Bling Bling (F)
Spike Rhee's "Get on the Bus" (F)
The White Album (F)

Asians are Ruining the Tour (P)
Along for the Ride Deux: A Journey through Form and Memory (F)
Asian Bird Flu Over the Cuckoo's Nest (F)
Telemongol (collaboration with Lodestone, Cold Tofu & OPM) (F)
Louder Faster Funnier (F)

LA Comedy Festival Spring 2008: "Bite the Wax Tadpole"(S)
Just Like White People (F)

LA Comedy Festival Fall 2008: "All Mew Naterial!" (S)
LA Comedy Festival Spring 2009: "Avatar: The Racebender" (S)
Bow Down Before Your Asian Masters (F)
Asiatico (F)


    The Rough Edge Writers, the predecessor of the 18mmw,  was formed around May of 1994.  Our first couple of performances were done at the Asian American Theater Company at showcase events.  On stage, we billed ourselves as the "AATC Players," a generic name that some of our members had utilized before in past showcases.
    The original charter members of the Rough Edge Writer's were: Harold Byun, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Miyuki Fujii, Leonora Legaspi, Michael Premsrirat, and Eveline Wu.   Both Leonora Legaspi and Eveline Wu left the Rough Edge Writers after our first couple of meetings.


AARISINGS III
(Asian American Theater Company, Main Stage, 1994)
Note:  The AARisings showcases had been one of our main performing arenas in our previous incarnations. First as the "AATC Players" in AARisings I at AATC (July 31, 1993), then as "Godzilla Theater" in AARisings II at the Cowell Theater (Nov 1993, where we premiered "A John Woo Family Dinner for the very first time).  After we had established the Rough Edge Writers comedy writing group in May 1994, we appeared on stage once again as the "AATC Players." At this point in the group's evolution, we met primarily as a writing group, whose writers also doubled as performers.

(July 23, 1994)


3 Asian Guys by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: 3 ordinary Asian guys talking about being an ordinary Asian guy.
Directed by Diane Takei
    Yato Yoshida
    Grant Imahara
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


The Institute by Grant Imahara
Synopsis: An ad from the Lactose Intolerance Institute, from our premiere "poo poo" writer, Grant Imahara.
    Yato Yoshida
    Harold Byun
    Grant Imahara
    Susan Wan

(July 30, 1994)


Supercops by Harold Byun
Synopsis: A takeoff on those real-life police video shows. This one focuses on cops who don't do anything constructive.
    Grant Imahara
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Beverly Sotello


Genius, Pure & Simple by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: 2 excellent and pretty actors brag about their talents. The 1st genuine bomb in the history of Godzilla/AATC players/Rough Edge Writers. This skit established that Yato Yoshida and Harold Byun had no acting chemistry together, which became a running joke for years.
Directed by Pamela Wu
    Harold Byun
    Yato Yoshida


IN DEEP SHABU SHABU
(Asian American Theater Company, 2nd Stage Sept 20-21 1994)
TITLE NOTE: None at this time.


Directed by Marc Hayashi
Cast:  Harold Byun, Nicole Higashi, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Grant Imahara, Peter Kim, Jennie S. Yee, Yato Yoshida, Greg Watanabe, Pearl Wong
Writers: Harold Byun, Valiant Chow, Isaac Ho, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Michael Premsrirat, Yato Yoshida
Board Operator: Valiant Chow


Note: Our first feature production. Before this show, we had to decide on a name for the acting component of the Rough Edge Writers comedy writing group. We didn't want to call ourselves the "AATC Players" since that was just a temporary name we used for the AARisings showcases while we were still developing. We didn't want to call ourselves "The Rough Edge Writers" since people might think we were only writers. We had to come up with something more catchy. In August, we decided to call ourselves "The 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors," after a skit one of us had written (which, incidentally, was a takeoff on the Chinese novel "Water Margin").  This then, was the first official production of the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors.
    Please note that we held auditions for female performers for this show.  Because Leonora Legaspi and Eveline Wu had left the group a couple of months previously, we were short on both female writers and performers. From this audition, Rania Ho was brought into the group, but because of a planned trip to Chicago, was not able to participate in "In Deep Shabu Shabu."  Also auditioning were Jennie S. Yee (who appeared in our first show only) and Corinne Chooey (who appeared in our 2nd show).  Pearl Wong was asked to perform by Marc Hayashi. Interestingly, Pearl was present at the auditions, but only as a chaperone. After filling in to read a couple of skits, Marc liked her enough that he asked her to perform.


Music, Please by Yato Yoshida
Harold Byun
Yato Yoshida
Synopsis: 2 Dueling Samurai make their entraces based thematically on the type of music playing.
Note: This skit was cut from the lineup during rehearsal because the director thought it wasn't clicking, thus perpetuating the ongoing joke that Byun and Yoshida had no acting chemistry together onstage.


Return to Sender by Isaac Ho
Synopsis:  An old-fashioned Chinese mother returns her son because he doesn't act traditional enough.
    Mrs. Lee: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Bobby: Greg Watanabe
    Dr. Lee: Yato Yoshida
    New Bobby: Grant Imahara


Sex on the Brain by Yato Yoshida
Synopsis: A retarded young man discusses sex with a female friend.
    Pearl Wong
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Chinatown Gang Member Tapes by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: A commerical parody selling Chinese gang curses on tape for those times when your voice gives out.
    Narrator: Grant Imahara
    Gang Member 1: Harold Byun
    Gang Member 2: Pete Kim


True Dedication by Harold Byun
Synopsis:  A couple break up over dinner.
    Peter: Yato Yoshida
    Sally: Jennie S. Yee


Bedtime Story by Harold Byun
Synopsis: Parents tell their child an unusual bedtime story.
    Pop: Pete Kim
    Mom: Nicole Higashi
    Johnny: Yato Yoshida


Crackers by Michael Premsrirat
Synopsis: Racisco Co. president solicit's ideas for product names that aren't offensive.
    President: Pete Kim
    Krapowski: Harold Byun
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Lois Lew: Jennie S. Yee
    Payabyab: Pearl Wong
    Blaine Hayakawa: Grant Imahara


Blaine Asakawa's Self Defense Class  by Michael Premsrirat
Synopsis: A Japanese American teaches Japanese nationals the finer points of survival in the deadly United States.
Note: Though we were not soliciting feedback from the audience at this time, it could be argued that this was the best new piece of this show. It currently is a mainstay in our "greatest hits" lineup.  At the time this skit was written, Japanese nationals were being killed at an alarming rate in the U.S.
    Blaine Asakawa: Harold Byun
    Yumi: Grant Imahara
    Yuri: Jennie S. Yee
    Yuki: Nicole Higashi


A John Woo Family Dinner by Valiant Chow
Note: John Woo was arguably one of the best received pieces form the old Godzilla Theater days. It was decided to use this piece to close this and future new material shows so that each new material show closed with a bang. John Woo, over the course of the next couple of years, became known as our signature piece, and was referred to by some of us as our "cult classic."
    John Woo: Grant Imahara
    Greg: Greg Watanabe
    Victor: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Barney: Harold Byun
    Sally: Nicole Higashi
    Marsha: Jennie S. Yee


RADIO SKITS:
Note: These were audio skits recorded on tape. There has always been a controversy surrounding the use of these skits. One camp claims these radio skits, played anywhere, kill the momentum of a show. The other camp claims these radio skits were short enough (about 1 minute each) that they entertained audiences between skits.


18 Mighty Mountain Warriors by Michael Chih Ming Hornbukcle
Synopsis: The original skit from which the group got it's name. A parody of the Chinese novel "Water Margin."


18 Mighty Mountain Warriors Go Shopping by Yato Yoshida
Synopsis: A sequel to the previous skit. This time the 18mmw go shopping.


This is a Test by Yato Yoshida
Synopsis: A parody of the emergency broadcast system tests.


Starvation by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: A commercial parody. A housewife balances her budget by starving her family.


NOTICE HOW SHE'S HER GAITS BUT A LIMPLY GALLOP
(Asian American Theater Company, January 12-14, 19-21 1995)


    TITLE NOTE: This title was actually a line from one of our "group skit" experimental writing sessions. We'd all sit around a lap top and churn out a skit round-robin style. This title was proposed by Isaac Ho who probably originated the type as well.


Directed by Michael Torres
    Note: We had asked Marc Hayashi to direct us again for this production, but he had already gone onboard as director for Diane Yen-Mei Wong's "Happy Birthday," an AATC spring 1995 production. Michael Torres was our next choice. A good director who had done some work with Culture Clash in the past and who had worked with some of us previously in the New Godzilla Theater Workshop.


    Cast: Corinne Chooey, Isaac Ho, Rania Ho, Nicole Higashi, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Pete Kim, Todd Nakagawa, Pearl Wong, Peter Wong, Yato Yoshida.


    Note:  Harold Byun, Grant Imahara, Greg Watanabe took a leave of absence from this show. Greg was cast in "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Harold and Grant were both traumatized so much from the last show that they needed a break.  On the plus side, Rania Ho joined us on the acting and writing end upon her return to Chicago.  Todd Nakagawa and Pete Wong, former members of Godzilla who had just recently appeared with another AA comedy group, Tsukemono Variety Performers, also began acting with 18mmw with this show. Corinne Chooey's involvement was minimal because she was commuting from Los Angeles for these rehearsals. She eventally wound up performing only 2 nights of a 6 show run.


Writers: Valiant Chow, Miyuki Fujii, Isaac Ho, Rania Ho, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Michael Premsrirat, Yato Yoshida
Note: Miyuki Fujii, one of our charter members, began writing for 18mmw on this show. She had previously been busy with "Waking the Red Dragon," a production of the AATC women's workshop which she had founded.


Sex Therapist by Michael Premsrirat
Synopsis:  Lonnie Nishimoto, chronic masturbator, seeks sexual help from sex therapist Minerva Hong.
    Minerva Hong: Pearl Wong
    Lonnie Nishimoto: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Ramon: Pete Kim


Michael Douglas Show by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: At the time this skit was written, Michael Douglas had been involved in a series of movies that might be construed as "Asian Bashing:"   The premise of this skit is that Douglas has his own talk show and literally bashes Asians every week.  Author's Note: This skit was fingered out as one that portrayed Vietnamese Americans as the "bad Asians," when we performed it at Pomona College Fall 1995. After pondering this, I had to agree, and removed the reference to Vietnamese from the skit. Shortyly after, the skit was removed from our "Greatest Hits" lineup because it was becoming out-dated and there were better skits being written.
    Michael Douglas: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Connie Chung: Pearl Wong
    Ken Kashiwihara: Yato Yoshida
    BD Wong: Isaac Ho
    Bolo: Pete Wong
    Gang Members: Pete Kim, Corinne Chooey


Fuzzy by Isaac Ho
Synopsis: A classic enigmatic Ho piece where characters ruminate on a mysterious item.
   Directed by Yato Yoshida
    Pearl Wong
    Todd Nakagawa


Dance with Me I by Isaac Ho
Synopsis: A classic Ho wordless piece where 2 characters dance on stage.
    Dancer 1: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Dancer 2: Isaac Ho


G.l. Joe by Michael Premsrirat
Synopsis: The return of Mrs. Lee from "Return to Sender," this time written by another writer. In this episode, she returns several violent action figures.
    Mrs. Lee: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Mr. Lee: Yato Yoshida


Mister Diarrhea by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: We started polling our audience members on their favorite skits with this show, a tradition (based on Michael Torres's idea) that has continued to this present day.  Mr. Diarrhea wound up with the most votes for this show and appears occasionally in our Greatest Hits lineup.
    Harriet Byun: Nicole Higashi
    Diarrhea: Yato Yoshida
    Death: Isaac Ho
    Satan: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Wonderful Family  by Miyuki Fujii
Synopsis: The Japanese American fiancee of a Japanese man meets his strange Japanese family for the first time.
    Todd Nakagawa
    Pearl Wong
    Nicole Higashi
    Yato Yoshida
    Pete Wong
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Isaac Ho
    Rania Ho


I Used to Love Him by Rania Ho
Synopsis: A song that Rania had had in her repertoire previuosly and which she donated to us for this show.
    Lead Singer: Rania Ho
    Backup: Pete Kim
    Backup: Pete Wong
    Backup: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Dilemma of AA Male by Miyuki Fujii
Synopsis: A skit based on the cowardly ex-boyfriend of Miyuki Fujii.
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Rania Ho
    Pete Wong


Yan Can Counsel by Valiant Chow
Synopsis:  Michael Yan, Martin Yan's younger brother, runs a counseling show in which the solutions to all problems are found in an old Chinese recipe. Based on an improv performed in the lobby of AATC by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle and Greg Watanabe. All the callers are named Michael, a gimmick we repeated in "JA Sex Hour" for our Fatty Cat Pippi show in the summer of 1998.
    Michael Yan: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Michael: Pete Wong
    Michael: Pete Kim
    Michael: Isaac Ho


Bus Stop by Yato Yoshida
Synopsis: A bizarre encounter at a bus-stop.
    Yato Yoshida
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Doughnut by Isaac Ho
Synopsis: A man trying to stay on a diet is tempted by a doughnut.
    Rania Ho
    Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Yato Yoshida


AA Frankenstein by Miyuki Fujii
Synopsis: 3 Asian American women try to create the perfect Asian American man.
    Pearl Wong
    Rania Ho
    Isaac Ho
    Pete Wong


Superman by Isaac Ho
Synopsis: Superman is on trial for being an illegal alien.
    Superman: Pete Wong
    Director's Assistant: Nicole Higashi
    Director: Yato Yoshida
    Security Guard: Todd Nakagawa
    Judge Lance Ito: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Sukipratanophile by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: A woman from Sukipratanophile brings her date home where he encounters her brother and insane father.
Author's Note: Corinne Chooey played the role of the father in the skit on Thursdays only, because she was commuting from L.A.
    Todd Nakagawa
    Isaac Ho
    Father: Corinne Chooey/Pearl Wong
    Pete Kim
    Pete Wong
    Yato Yoshida


A John Woo Family Dinner by Valiant Chow
    John Woo: Todd Nakagawa
    Greg: Pete Kim
    Victor: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Barney: Yato Yoshida
    Sally: Nicole Higashi
    Marsha: Rania Ho


RADIO SKITS:


Phone Call  by Valiant Chow
Synopsis: Imprisoned rockers call home.


17 Brides for 17 Mighty Mountain Warriors by Valiant Chow
Synopsis: Another sequel to the original 18mmw skit based on an idea by Michael Premsrirat. The 18mmw get married.


Paul Simon by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: Paul Simon tackles Peking Opera.


Woo's on First by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: A parody of "Who's on First" with Chinatown gang members.


Secret to Getting Dates by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Synopsis: A smooth guy shows his pal how to get dates.


WUMPA WUMPA MEETS LE SHANK HAWAI'I
(Knuth Hall, SFSU, July 6-8, 13-15 1995 )
TITLE NOTE: The title is anagram for certain people we know. It was proposed by Michael Premsrirat and Yato Yoshida who had scribbled out the anagrams at a restaurant over a year earlier.
Directed by Ron Muriera


    Note: This was our first new production upon leaving the umbrella of the Asian American Theater Company and was a test of fire for us to prove that we could be independent and successfully produce our own show. The show was more successful than we could imagine. In many ways, it was our "Camelot."  We probably have not achieved this level of unity and enthusiasm since this show. We were very lucky to get Ron Muriera to direct this show. A former member of the improv group "The National Theater of the Deranged," Ron had the comedy experience we were looking for.  And by the most remarkable of coincidences, he was looking to get back into comedy when we approached him.


Bruce Can Cook by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Bruce Lee: Greg Watanabe
Bolo: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Chinese Food by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Nicole Higashi
Yato Yoshida
Pete Wong
Earlene Somera


Dilemma of AA Female by Miyuki Fujii
Pearl Wong
Greg Watanabe
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Reunion by Isaac Ho
Maxine Hong Kingston: Earlene Somera
Amy Tan: Linda Chuan
Gus Lee: Tod Nakagawa
Ben Fong-Torres: Isaac Ho
Frank Chin: Harold Byun


Dipthong by Isaac Ho
Pete Wong
Leo Legaspi
Nicole Higashi


The Famous Relatives Show by Harold Byun
Host: Harold Byun
Yo MaMa: Greg Watanabe
Posse1: Todd Nakagawa
Posse2: Pete Wong


Tang by Michael Premsrirat
Poon-Tang: Earlene Somera
Pete Kim
Leo Legaspi


Secure by Grant Imahara
Pete Kim
Pete Wong
Pearl Wong


Superstar Desu by Rania Ho
Nicoel Higashi
Pearl Wong
Linda Chuan
Rico: Isaac Ho
Matt: Todd Nakagawa


Dueling Drums by Isaac Ho
Drum: Pete Wong
Drum: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Drummer: Isaac Ho
Drummer: Todd Nakagawa


Sharin'& Carin' with Sharon and Karen by Michael Premsrirat
Linda Chuan
Diana Weng
Greg Watanabe
Leo Legaspi
Lord High Executioner: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Harold Byun
Michael Premsrirat
Yato Yoshida
Pearl Wong


Convention by Isaac Ho
Pearl Wong
Isaac Ho


Those Nutty Striking Railroad Workers by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Tzi Ma: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Hop Sing: Todd Nakagawa
Pete Wong
Pete Kim
Yato Yoshida
Isaac Ho


Dizzyland by Valiant Chow
Greg Watanabe
Diana Weng
Kid: Pete Wong
Kid: Nicole Higashi


Eros & Agape by Michael Premsrirat
Leo Legaspi
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Cupid: Yato Yoshida
Aphrodite: Diana Weng
Maury Povich: Pete Wong


A John Woo Family Dinner by Valiant Chow
Note:  This skit, being our dependable crowd-pleaser "cult classic" ended the show.
    John Woo: Todd Nakagawa
    Greg: Greg Watanabe
    Victor: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
    Barney: Harold Byun
    Sally: Pearl Wong
    Marsha: Earlene Somera


AARISINGS IV
(McKenna Theater, SFSU August 1995)
The last of Nels Wong "AARisings" music/theater talent showcases.  We actually performed 3 skits in this show: Famous Relatives, Dueling Drums, and a new skit: Milk Does a Body. This was Grant Imahara's third and last produced skit for the 18 Mighty Mountain Warriors and his second and last skit based on fart jokes.


Milk Does a Body by Grant Imahara
Greg Watanabe
Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Nicole Higashi


FORGET TATTOOS & BODY PIERCING AND BODY PIERCING, GET AN EPICANTHIC FOLD
(Julia Morgan Theater, September 1995)
Directed by Michael Torres


    TITLE NOTE:  At one point this show was called "The Slopes of San Francisco," (Yato Yoshida's idea) which was a play both on "Streets of San Francisco" TV show, the hilly scenery of the city, and the slur "Slopes." There were some objections to this title, so we switched it to the title above (a Harold Byun idea).  Interestingly enough, we later learned that Harold thought an epicanthic fold was double-eyelids. In fact, epicanthic folds are the traditional lidless Asian eyes.  As it stands, the title of the show exhibited racial pride, but Harold's original intention may have been more sardonic.


    Note:  We were invited to perform at the Julia Morgan Theater after its artistic director Bendrew Jong saw us perform in Wumpa Wumpa at SFSU.  The rehearsal time (3 weeks) was one of the shortest periods we've ever had to put up a show. It has been stated that the 2nd weekend of this show was much more polished than the first.  This show elicited a number of mixed responses and was generally considered a "dark" show. Michael Premsrirat, primarily a writer, made his 18mmw acting debut with this show. Though we call this a "new" show, there was in fact some controversy behind the scenes about the material.  And ultimately it was decided to choose material for this production without regards to whether it was new material or previously produced.  For this reason, "Blaine Asakawa's Self-Defense Class" and "Reunion," 2 previously done skits were remounted for this show.


    Actors: Harold Byun, Linda Chuan, Nicole Higash, Isaac Ho,  Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Todd Nakagawa, Earlene Somera, Greg Watanabe, Diana Weng, Pearl Wong, Yato Yoshida


Writers: Harold Byun, Valiant Chow, Isaac Ho, Judy Hamaguchi, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Michael Premsrirat, Yato Yoshida


Music, Please by Yato Yoshida
Note: This skit was revived for this show after being cut from "In Deep Shabu Shabu."
Samurai 2: Harold Byun
Samurai 1: Greg Watanabe


Big Poo Poo by Premsrirat, Ho, Hornbuckle, Fujii, Yoshida, Chow, Judy Hamaguchi
    Synopsis: Little Johnny has been in the bathroom a longtime and his concerned parents are trying to figure out if there's a problem.
    Note: This was an experimental group-written (round-robin) skit that was created during the first summer of our existence (Summer 1994). Judy Hamaguchi, a non-Rough Edge Writer, non-18 Mighty Mountain Warrior, happened to be hanging around Asian American Theater when we were writing this so she was drafted into the grand experiment.   The reaction to this skit was somewhat negative.  The punchline cannot be repeated here.  This made us consider that perhaps writing a skit round-robin isn't the best way to approach skit-writing.
Dad: Yato Yoshida
Mother Diana Weng
Grandmother: Linda Chuan
Kid: Todd Nakagawa


Rapunzel by Isaac Ho
Prince: Greg Watanabe
Rapunzel: Nicole Higashi


Reunion by Isaac Ho
Frank Chin: Harold Byun
Ben Fong-Torres: Isaac Ho
Amy Tan: Linda Chuan
Maxine Hong Kingston: Earlene Somera
Gus Lee: Todd Nakagawa


Parking by Michael Premsrirat
Mary Poonrat: Diana Weng
Beaver Lee: Greg Watanabe


Sumo, A Love Story by Michael Premsrirat
 Riyuki Fujii: Yato Yoshida
Daigoro Watanabe: Harold
Referee: Isaac
Patron Michael Hornbuckle
Sushi Chef 1: Todd
Sushi Chef 2: Pearl
Fairy: Michael P.


M.A.B. by Harold Byun
Note: This skit was originally titled "The Discussion" and established a classic Harold Byun style skit: 2 or 3 people engaged in a heated argument.
Burt Burrell: Greg Watanabe
John Lee: Michael Hornbuckle
Bill Meyer: Isaac Ho


Angel Island Game by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Warren Henderson/Interrogator's Voice: Michael Hornbuckle
Tzi Ma: Greg Watanabe
Hop Sing: Yato Yoshida
Mei Ling: Pearl Wong
Deaconness Katherine Maurer: Nicole Higashi
Guard: Todd Nakagawa
Don Pardo (Taped Voice): Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Dr. Bruce & Associates Healthy Hard Body Clinic by Harold Byun
Note: This skit was popularly know as the "Chinese Women's Swim Team" skit.
Le Fei Fong: Harold Byun
Sze Ling Wan: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Tsun Il Li: Greg Watanabe
Jenny Yamamoto: Pearl Wong
Johnny Wong: Yato Yoshida
Doctor Bruce: Earlene Somera


Fiance by Isaac Ho
Father: Isaac Ho
Daughter: Diana Weng


Persistence by Isaac Ho
Isaac Ho
Todd Nakagawa


Captain Insanity's Playhouse by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Captain Insanity: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Mr. Serial Killer: Michael Premsrirat
Missy Multiple: Earlene Somera
Neurotic Asian Female: Diana Weng
Neurotic Asian Male: Yato Yoshida
Bikey the Bicyclist: Todd Nakagawa
Moto the Motorist: Greg Watanabe
Autistic Bear: Isaac Ho
Twinkerbell: Nicole Higashi


White by Isaac Ho
Barney: Isaac Ho
Fred: Harold Byun


Charles Manson School of Dating by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (1st Weekend)
Secret to Getting Dates by Michael Hornbuckle (2nd Weekend)
Charles Manson: Harold Byun
Announcer: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Woman: Nicole Higashi


Mimi Nagasaki: Oriental Porn Queen by Michael Premsrirat
Mimi Nagasaki: Earlene Somera
Lonnie Nishimoto: Todd Nakagawa
Chauffeur: Nicole Higashi
Pornomaniac: Linda Chuan
Pornomaniac: Isaac Ho
Pornomaniac: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


A John Woo Family Dinner by Valiant Chow
Note: Being our dependable "cult classic," this skit ended the show.
John Woo: Todd Nakagawa
Greg: Greg Watanabe
Victor: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Barney: Harold Byun
Sally: Pearl Wong
Marsha: Linda Chuan


SEX, GUNS & HELLO KITTY: WHAT A HELL DID I GOT IN AMERICA?
(Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University, 1996)
Directed by Isaac Ho


Title Notes: This title came from two sources. First was "Sex, Guns & Hello Kitty" which was thought up by someone active in the group. The "What a Hell did I got in America" was a quote from a letter Miyuki Fujii sent us. She had lived in America for a few years, but when she went back to Japan for her grandmother's funeral, she wasn't allowed back in. She was upset by this but rationalized that it was ultimately okay, because "what a hell did I got in America?" according to Miyuki.


Presenting by Linda Chuan
Bartholomew Dugong, Full-Time Professional Actor by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Display Case Menagerie by Yato Yoshida
The Wonder Twins by Linda Chuan
Mr. Dim Sum by Harold S. Byun
Above us Only Sky by Isaac Ho
First Cut by Michael Premsrirat
Soapy Opera  by Rania Ho
The Female Orgasm Skit by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
The Smell that Makes the Man by Yato Yoshida
Can.Ton.Ese by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Marge's Marketing Focus Group by Harold S. Byun
Darby's Daily Affirmations by Michael Premsrirat
A John Woo Family Dinner by Valiant Chow


THE 8:47pm SHOW: WHAT DO YOU MEAN NOH SPACE? THERE'S PLENTY OF SPACE!
(Theater of Yugen Noh Space, April 1997)
Directed by the ensemble
Lights & Sound: Valiant Chow
Box Office: Victor Kao and Kimberly Kajihara


The 4 Chinese Sisters by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


2 Whiny Asian Guys by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


A Chinese Everything by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Proper Copulation by Harold S. Byun


Roomies by Yato Yoshida


The Following is a Paid Announcement by Michael Premsrirat


Choices (Part 2) by Linda Chuan


We Love to Sing by Rhoda Gravador


Church by Michael Premsrirat
Reverend: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Pete Wong
Linda Chuan
Rhoda Gravador
Yato Yoshida


World Cup 2002 by Harold Byun
June: Linda Chuan
Sam Sashimi: Greg Watanabe
Bull Goki: Harold Byun


The Wacky Chinatown Gang Member by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Mr. Chung: Pete Wong
Colin Wong: Greg Watanabe
Tzi Ma: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Killer Kwan: Rhoda Gravador
Killer Kong: Todd Nakagawa


THE 18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS' JOURNEY TO THE WEST
(Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University, July 1997)
Directed by the ensemble
Lights: Valiant Chow
Sound: Michael Premsrirat


Note:  On this show we hired on 2 female actors, Maria Lin and veteran actor Mitzi Abe because most of our regular female ensemble performers were not available, because they were either doing other shows or out of the country.  This show was not originally written as a "theme" show, but was reconstructed as one when it was noticed that we touched upon almost every single popular contemporary Asian American issue throughout our skits, from the "fresh kill" controversy in Chinatown to the beatings at Denny's to Tiger Woods to the Rhonert Park killing of Kuan Chung Kao to the American fascination with the Dalai Lama.  The framework structure was based on a skit of Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle's in which the classic Monkey King characters were placed into a 3 Stooges plot.  We thought this framework would be good because (1) it would capitalize on the buzz surrounding Berkeley Repertory Theater's recent production of "Journey to the West," and (2) the "Journey to the West" title was a great metaphor for the Asian diaspora to America and the Asian American experience.  Of course, not everyone in the group was in agreement that this framework was a great idea. Also evident in this show was a heavy Culture Clash influence. After being exposed to more of their work and collaborating with them on the Multicultural Riot, many of the writers started tackling contemporary issues in their skits.


Opening and Closing Framework by Greg Watanabe (inspired by a skit from Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle)
Monkey: Greg Watanabe
Piggy: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Sha-Monk: Todd Nakagawa
Monk: Pete Wong
Boddhisatva: Mitzi Abe


The Evolution of Feminine Hygiene by Rhoda Gravador
Narrator: Mitzi Abe
Woman: Rhoda Gravador
Blood: Pete Wong
Fem Product 1: Todd Nakagawa
Fem Product 2: Greg Watanabe


Asian American Academy Awards by Michael Premsrirat


Power Loungers by Harold S. Byun


Prince of Badminton by Harold S. Byun


Asian Etymology (Slideshow) by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Thank You! by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Ad Reader: Maria Lin
Tzi: Greg Watanabe
Dean: Yato Yoshida
Every European Woman: Rhoda Gravador


Buddha's Birthday by Rania Ho


Denny's by Michael Premsrirat


Psalms of Romance  by Harold S. Byun


Tamagochi by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Johnny D: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Tamagochi: Todd Nakagawa
Lois: Rhoda Gravador


Lapu Lapu eats Shabu Shabu in Bora Bora by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Narrator: Michael Premsrirat
Lapu Lapu: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Yo Yo Ma: Harold Byun
Lisa Lisa: Rhoda Gravador


Rhonert Park Police (Slide Show) by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Live Animals by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


L.A. Riot Rebellion Rock Opera by Harold S. Byun
 

FATTY CAT PIPPI BITES THE NAVEL
July 23-25, 30, 31 August 1, 1998  8:30pm, Preview July 22, 1998
(Knuth Hall, San Francisco State University)

fattycat
Directed by the writers
Original score and rap by Art Hirahara
Lights: Valiant Chow
Sound: Victor Kao
Box Office: Judy Hamaguchi, Kimberly Kajihara, Eileen Kong, and Nancy Wong
Video: Kimberly Kajihara, Eileen Kong
Concessions: Denise Ho & Tammy Ho


Louie's Oil Lube Laundromat Exterminator Video Shoeshine Chinese American Donut Deli Shop, M.D. by Todd Nakagawa and Rania Ho
Louie:: Todd Nakagawa
Ah Mei: Rania Ho
Hornbuckle: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Butterworth: Pete Wong
Michelle: Pearl Wong


Mother on My Back by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Mrs. Wong: Pearl Wong
Tzi Wong: Pete Wong
Rodney: Michael Premsrirat
Pee Boy: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


Harold Byun vs. Li Xuezhao by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Harold Byun: Harold Byun
Goodpuppy Ho: Rania Ho

Author's Note: This skit had it's genesis when I discovered, while surfing the web, that Chinese women hold all the world records in women's Olympic-style weightlifting.  I thought it would be funny if Harold Byun challenged the smallest of these Chinese women (who, incidentally can clean and jerk 248 pounds) to a contest.  Thematically, this skit is similar to Andy Kaufman's wrestling escapades, particularly when he used to challenge female wrestlers to grappling matches.


The Dirty Nisei by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Narrator: Harold Byun
Captain Blaine Asakawa: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Chalky "The Weasel" Hayakawa: Todd Nakagawa
"Moke" Watanabe: Pete Wong
"Hershey" Imahara: Michael Premsrirat
Marguerite Duras: Rhoda Gravador


Author's Note: This skit was pulled from the lineup after Thursday, July 23.  The skit was originally written as a takeoff on Vietnam war movies where we often see American GI's negotiating with Asian prostitutes. In "The Dirty Nisei" I had Japanese American soldiers negotiating with a French prostitute (referred to as a "little white fucking machine," which is a takeoff on what many American military personnel stationed in the Philippines call Philippino and Asian women: "little brown fucking machines"). The problem with the skit, and the reason I wanted it pulled, was that it set up the expectation that it was going to give some humorous insight about the Japanese American World War II experience. It didn't. In this sense, "The Dirty Nisei" was a Part II skit, which might have been more appropriate if presented after a Part I skit dealing more substantially with JA soldiers.  Another problem was that though the intention of getting revenge on Hollywood was a good one, in the end, the woman still ends up being exploited by men.


Unhip by Rania Ho (inspired by Rhoda Gravador & Victor Kao)
Woman: Linda Chuan
Man: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Oppressed woman: Rhoda Gravador


Paranoid or Political by Harold S. Byun
Test Taker: Harold Byun
Robert E. Lee: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


The Japanese American Sex Hour by Michael P. Premsrirat
Tak Fujimoto: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Kaz Kimoto: Michael Premsrirat
Caller Michael 1: Pete Wong
Caller Michael 2: Rania Ho
Caller Michael 3: Harold Byun
Caller Michael 4: Rhoda Gravador


The Mad Acupuncturist by Harold S. Byun
Dr Leet: Harold Byun
Bob Lee: Pete Wong
Robbie Tochi: Todd Nakakawa
China the Ninja: Rania Ho
Note: This skit was pulled after the Thursday, July 30 show (the July 30 version was a modified version of the skit).


On & On by Rhoda Gravador (inspired by Chuck Slay)
Couple 1: Rania Ho & Harold Byun
Couple 2: Linda Chuan & Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Filipino servants: Rhoda Gravador & Pete Wong


A Chinatown of the Mind by Michael P. Premsrirat (apologies to David Ives)
Man 1: Michael Premsrirat
Man 2: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Waiter: Pete Wong
Louie the Chef: Todd Nakagawa
Woman: Rania Ho


Hapaland by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Beatrice Burrell: Linda Chuan
Furk Teruo Murphy: Todd Nakagawa
Susan Wang: Rhoda Gravador
Matt Sau-Ling Sunshine: Harold Byun
Cholpan Ulzebov: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle

Author's Note: This skit was originally written for the Hapa Theater workshop sponsored by the Asian American Theater. No production had resulted from the workshop when Fatty Cat was being written, so I decided to use the skit for an 18mmw production instead.  The first weekend I had a slide of Meg Tilly representing the ideal Hapa woman. She didn't generate much of an audience response, so the 2nd weekend I used a slide of Hapa porn star Asia Carrerra. She elicited more response from the audience, though Russell Wong received the biggest response of all as the ideal Hapa man. The idea for Kazakastan being the country of Hapas came from Rania Ho who, on one of her many excursions to Asia mentioned that the people in Kazakastan were beautiful and all looked Hapa.  My interest in Central Asian countries was the result of meeting this woman from Kyrgstan (just below Kazakastan) who worked briefly as a student assistant in Ethnic Studies where I work. I borrowed her name, Cholpon, for this skit. I had no awareness of these "odd Asians" until this point, and then began investigating strange Asian countries like Tuva, Mongolia, Siberia, Nepal, etc.


Love by Harold S. Byun
Couple 1: Rhoda Gravador & Pete Wong
Couple 2: Linda Chuan & Michael Premsrirat
Couple 3: Pearl Wong & Todd Nakagawa
Joe Kim: Harold Byun
Robert E. Lee: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
China the Ninja: Rania Ho
Scully: Pearl Wong
Louie: Todd Nakagawa
Note: Couple 2 was cut before opening the show. Couple 3 was cut after Thursday, July 23.


Charlie Chan's Angels by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (from ideas by Rhoda Gravador)
Charlie Chan: Harold Byun
Junior: Todd Nakagawa
Muoi: Rania Ho
Hyung-Soon: Pearl Wong
Maritess: Linda Chuan
John Woo: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Margaret Cho: Rhoda Gravador
Author's Note: I never thought this was a very well-written skit. It was written "on demand" after an idea brainstorming session. In that sense, it was  good practice for TV writing in which a producer will often instruct writers to write a skit on a certain idea. It might be competent  hack, tv writing, but not particularly inspired. In order to make the skit interesting for me and the audience, I filled it with several pop culture icons and had the Angel's undertake a quest that was genuinely meaningful (force John Woo to cast more Asians in his American films).  The ending was kind of a flop, so I incorporated a Harold Byun line at the end about "stockpiling weapons to  kill people to combat the racist infrastructure."


First Experience by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Willy: Harold Byun
Winston Wong: Pete Wong
Craig Watanabe: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Marissa Payabyab: Pearl Wong
Author's Note:  This skit was cut from the lineup the Sunday before opening. Though I think many of the points of this skit were valid (that an Asian American man will sometimes be given one chance with a woman, and if that experience is bad, she will swear off Asian American men forever), I didn't want the audience to think I was generalizing, because the skit refers to a certain group of women and frankly, there are women who will give Asian American men infinite chances. Additionally, this is not just an Asian American issue, but applies to all ethnic groups whose members give their opposite gender only one chance to make good, and I didn't think that generality was conveyed.  Lastly, I was tired of writing "Whiny Asian Guy" skits like I had the previous 2 shows ("Thank You!" and "2 Whiny Asian Guys").  Please note that the "bad Asian American male" character in this skit, Willy, was presented as crude, rough and uncouth.


409 by Pete Wong, Todd Nakagawa, Rhoda Gravador, and Michael Premsrirat
409 1: Pete Wong
409 2: Todd Nakagawa
409 3: Rhoda Gravador
409 4: Michael Premsrirat
Note: This skit was cut from the lineup a couple of weeks before opening.  It was a take off on Asian American al capella rhythm and blues singing quads.
 
 

AFFIRMATIVE ACTION ADVENTURE (CO-PRODUCTION WITH CAMPO SANTO)
Directed by Michael Torres
Progam


CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD WORLD (collaboration with Latina Theater Lab)

Directed by Ellen Sebastian Chang
April 27-May 14, 2000 Previews April 21-23, 26
Close Encounters

My Own Private Sukiprata version 1.0
Jan 20-29 2000

Note: This was our attempt at creating a coherent comedic history of a fictional Asian country called Sukiprata. Sukiprata was referred to previously in our shows (a conveninet fictional Asian country to refer to). We then thought, hey, why not do an entire show about this fictional country? Sukiprata was notable for having been colonized by a single Scotsman, never discovering fire, and engaging in female circumcision. Note this is version 1.0. We felt we didn't quite get it the first time, so we revisited Sukiprata a couple more times, rewriting the show, throwing away the weaker sketches and keeping the stronger ones.



FRAME OPEN by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
A psychiatrist, Malcolm, discovers the fantastic chronicles of a country called Sukiprata



THE BEGINNING by Harold S. Byun         
Aliens are exiled by Queen Amadallah to the Planet Earth



GROD & GRUD by Harold S. Byun
Earth Cavemen discover fire



GODS FROM OUTER SPACE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle      
Aliens give advanced technology to Earth Cavemen, the first Sukipratans



SHAMAN by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
A Scotsman comes to Sukiprata and is declared a God.



FEMALE CIRCUMCISION by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Female circumcision in Sukiprata is practiced and then abolished.



REVOLUTION by Michael Premsrirat
Sukipratans revolt against colonization by a Scotsman.



SUKIRELLA by Rhoda Gravador
A Sukipratan Fairytale. Sukirella, who is missing her clitoris, defy her stepmother and stepsisters to meet the handsome prince at the ball.



MAIL ORDER HUSBAND by Rhoda Gravador
Woman mail orders a husband fom Sukiprata



AMPHIBERASIAN by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
The tragic story of the Amphiberasian Street Children of Sukiprata.    



PORK by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
How the Chinese came to Sukiprata, became it’s ruling class, ate port, and were burnt out of Chinatown.



FRAME CLOSE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Malcolm discovers he is Sukipratan



My Own Private Sukiprata version 2.0
Jan 17-28 2001

Sukiprata2

Note: Version 2 of Sukiprata.

Framework Open by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Grandpa is dying and wants to tell his granddaughter about the country she came from. Then 3 mysterious Men in Beige appear.

The Beginning  by Harold S. Byun
Aliens are exiled by Queen Amadallah to the Planet Earth

Mating by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Aliens mate with primitive Earth People thus creating the Sukipratan Race.

Bungle in the Jungle by Harold S. Byun
Sukipratans disover Fire.

Pork  by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle         
How the Chinese came to Sukiprata, became it’s ruling class, ate port, and were burnt out of Chinatown.

Sukirella by Rhoda Gravador
A Sukipratan Fairytale. Sukirella, who is missing her clitoris, defy her stepmother and stepsisters to meet the handsome prince at the ball.

Matriarchy by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
How Sukiprata became a matriarchal society

Magellan and Sukip Rata by Rhoda Gravador
Magellan stops in Sukiprata on his way to the Philippines.

Shaman  by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle         
A Scotsman comes to Sukiprata and is declared a God. The Scotsman colonizes Sukiprata.

Revolution by Michael Premsrirat
2 rival Sukipratan revolutionary groups plot to overthrow the tyrannical Scotsman overlord.World War II            Americans and Japanese battle it out on Sukiprata

Democracy by Michael Premsrirat
Sukiprata holds an election. Again and again.

Box-kicking and Conjoined Twins by Rania Ho
Sukipratans demonstrate their national sports of Boxkicking and Conjoined Twin rythymic gymnastics.

Mail-Order Husband by Rhoda Gravador
Woman mail orders a husband fom Sukiprata

Amphiberasian  by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle         
The tragic story of the Amphiberasian Street Children of Sukiprata.      

Framework Close by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
After Grandpa shows Taylor her proud Sukipratan heritage, he is reunited with the love of his life, the cavewoman we met early in the show. They reunite and die. Taylor vows never again to deny her Sukipratan he
 
52 PERCENT
October 4-28, 2001
52percentfront 52percentback
(Note: "52 Percent" was initially constructed to be our "political" hard-hitting show where comedically examined the rising tide of what we saw as anti-Asian sentiment. One of my ideas for a show title was "Asians: The New Niggers or the New Honkies?" but that rubbed too many people the wrong way. Finally we settled on "52 Percent" which was supposed to be the percentage of the world that was Asian. (Actually, we may have been too low. Back then the proper figure was probably 60%! After 9/11 though, we felt we needed to change the change to reflect the events of that day. So Harold's running "Peter/Bob" segues throughout the show dealt more with 9/11 and anti-Arab sentiment and how it tied into past anti-Asian sentiment.)


SIBERIANS: COMING TO AMERICA by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
OPENING SLIDESHOWHISTORY OF ASIAN AMERICA


PERIL #7 by Harold Byun


SAUL MONGOL by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle

ON THE STREET by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
HYPERSENSITIVE PART I by Michael Premsrirat            


PETER BOB SEGUE 1 by Harold Byun


AA NEWS PART I  by Harold Byun


PETER BOB SEGUE 2 by Harold Byun


HOUSE ARREST by Michael Premsrirat


PETER BOB SEQUE 3 by Harold Byun         


ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


PERIL #8 PART I by Harold Byun


AA NEWS PART II by Harold Byun


PERIL #8 PART II by Harold Byun


INTERNATIONAL STUDENT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


PERIL #9 by Harold Byun


LOSING FACE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


PERIL #10-12 by Harold Byun



THE LAST BLING BLING

Jan 17-27, 2002
blingbling
(Note: This was a "contractual obligation" show in that we FORGOT we had told Noh Space we do a show in their January slot. When we were told we absolutly had to do a show we came up with "The Last Bling Bling." It was advertised as 18MMW's first all-new, all-sketch show in 3 years, which was true. Our previous show "52 Percent" had sketches, but it also had a theme and a recurring dramatic set with Peter and Bob, so it wasn't quite all sketch. Our other shows "Affirmative Action Adventure" and "Close Encounters of the Third World" were collaborations with other groups, so didn't quite count as pure 18MMW sketch shows. Also, the former was actually a play, and the latter again had a theme and a running "story" that took place between the sketches).


HOT DOG by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Goodpuppy: Rania
Mandarin Seller: Harold
Fukienese Seller: Todd
Taiwanese Seller: Pete

SUKIPRATAN ACCELERATED LANGUAGE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Teacher: Michael H.
Bartholomew: Greg
Goodpuppy: Rania

Queen: Rhoda

FILIPINO FARMWORKERS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Larry: Michael H.
Phillip: Harold
Peter: Greg


OLYMPIC PROPORTIONAL BASKETBALL by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


(produced by Harold Byun)
Announcer: Rania
Coach: TBC

CALENDAR SKIT by Harold Byun
Harold: Harold
Michael H: Michael H.
Michael P: Greg

BUDDHIST TERRORISM by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
CNN: Greg
Dalai Bin Llama: Harold
Soldier: Rhoda
Woman: Rania
Buddhist: Michael H.
Buddha: Harold

SUPERNOVA by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Captain: Todd/Rhoda
Sulock: Harold
MacDougal: Michael H.
Alien:  Pearl


QUEST FOR FLOPPY DISK by Michael Premsrirat


Jennifer: Rhoda
JJ: Pearl
IT guy: Michael H.
Controller: Todd
Operations Director: Pete

AA FEMINIST PORN by Rhoda Gravador
Sandy: Rania
Tony: Rhoda
Jessica: Pearl

COOKIE SALE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Goodpuppy: Rania
Gradavor: Rhoda
Brad: Pete


CAFÉ SUITE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


“Heterosexuality”


Het: Pete
Claire: Rhoda
Greg: Todd
Friend:  Michael H.

“Platonic Friends”
Guy: Greg
Girl: Pearl
Greg: Todd

“Feed the Pidgin”
Kimo: Harold
Todd: Rania
Bird: Greg




SPIKE RHEE'S "GET ON THE BUS"
October 3-October 27, 2002
getonthebus
Directed by Ron Muriera
(Note: This was a co-production with the Asian American Theater Company of San Francisco. It was our attempt to write an actual full-length "play." It was based on an idea by Peter J. Wong: What if a bunch of misfits went on a quest to find the grave of Bruce Lee? At the time, the movie "Oh Brother where art thou?" had come out, and we were inspired to base the quest on "The Odyssey" just like the movie. However, since we tend to wander, we didn't quite stick to "The Odyssey.")
Synopsis: A busload of nutcases with a dream find themselves on a madcap journey to the grave of Bruce Lee. In the satirical political style of the Warriors, expect an evening of comedic theater from a golden brown perspective and other viscous fluids

THE WHITE ALBUM

October 3-26, 2003
whitealbum
(Note: I was and am a big fan of the Beatles and I pushed to call this show the "White Album." Like the Beatles, the main writers of the group had largely developed their own voices, so we split the show 4 ways, which each writer writing their quarter of the show in any way they wanted. It was John with a backing band and Paul with a backing band...without John and Paul!)


“I DATED A CHINESE HOPPING GHOST” by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
“BANTER” by Rhoda Gravador


“THE BROTHEL AT 590 SANTIAGO STREET” by Michael Premsrirat


“THE GREAT POET” by Harold Byun


ASIANS ARE RUINING THE TOUR
Feb 16, 17 2004
Noh Space


Another contractual obligation show. We agreed to do a Monday and Tuesday night slot. We opted to do a mixture of old and new material, including some of our "worst of" like "Big Poo."


FRAMEWORK OPEN (everyone)


            BIG POO POO  by Premsrirat, Ho, Hornbuckle, Fujii, Yoshida, Chow, Judy Hamaguchi (Hornbuckle, Todd, Pearl, Rhoda)


FRAMEWORK (Harold, Michael P.)


            CHARLE MANSON SCHOOL OF DATING by Michael Chih ming Hornbuckle(Pearl, Michael P., Hornbuckle)


FRAMEWORK (Michael P., Todd)


            MUSIC INTERLUDE “SHE BANG” by Harold Byun, Todd Nakagawa, Michael Premsrirat(MICHAEL P./TODD)
            (MORE FRAMEWORK) (Michael P./Todd)
            ASIANS ARE RUINING THE TOUR I by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (Harold, Rhoda, Pearl)


FRAMEWORK (Michael P., Todd)


            SIREN SCENE by Valiant Chow (Harold, Rhoda, Pearl, Hornbuckle)
            DIZZYLAND by Valiant Chow (Pearl, Hornbuckle)


FRAMEWORK (Rhoda, Todd)


            CRACKERS by Michael Premsrirat (Everyone)


FRAMEWORK (Michael P., Todd)


            MUSIC INTERLUDE “JOURNEY” (MICHAEL P./TODD)
            ASIANS ARE RUINING THE TOUR II by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (Harold, Rhoda, Pearl, Michael P.)


FRAMEWORK (Michael P.)


            MUSIC INTERLUDE “HANSON” (MICHAEL P./HAROLD)
            TAMAGOCHI by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (Todd, Rhoda, Hornbuckle)


FRAMEWORK (Harold, Michael P., Pearl)


            CAN.TON.ESE by Michael chih Ming Hornbuckle (Michael P., Todd, Rhoda, Hornbuckle)


FRAMEWORK (Everyone)


            18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIORS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle(Everyone)


FRAMEWORK END (Everyone)
            CHINESE FOOD by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (Rhoda, Michael P, Harold, Rhoda, Pearl, Todd, Hornbuckle)
            WACKY CHINATOWN GANG MEMBER by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle (Harold, Hornbuckle, Rhoda, Todd, Rhoda, Pearl)


 


ALONG FOR THE RIDE DEUX: "AN EXPLORATION OF FORM AND
MEMORY WITHIN THE COMEDIC GENRE."

October 22, 2004


(Note: We were asked by CATS (Contemporary Asian Theater Scene) to write all-new material for our show at the Montgomery Theater. We opted to write a full-length play in almost record time, about the rise and fall of a fictionalized comedy group. )
PRESS:
About the rise and fall of "12 Very Strong Pan-Asians" the world's 
mostly funniest API Comedy group, mostly. See:

* Sketch Comedy!
* Sketch Tragedy!
* Sketch Bollywood Musicals!

Will their different visions of the group tear apart the 12 Very Strong Pan-Asians? Only time, electro-shock therapy
and frontal  lobotomies will tell!


ASIAN BIRD FLU OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST

Feb 2-5, 8-12 2006
Asian Bird Flu Asian bird Flu back
Notes: Tamlyn Tomita came up with the title. It's actually the very first time we used the word "Asian" in a full-length show (we had previously used "Asians are Ruining the Tour" on a short show at the Noh Space. We kicked around several ideas for titles including "Ching Chong," a takeoff on "King Kong" which was out at the time. This was our very first all-new Los Angeles show, so we entered into it with some excitement. Every 18mmw contributed in some way, and a few flew to Los Angeles to perform.


NURSING 101 by Rhoda Gravador
VIDEO DATING: BOBBY by Greg Watanabe
SUKIPRATAN GHOST MOVIE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
LOST by Harold S. Byun
INSECURITY: THE TERROR STRIKES BACK by Rhoda Gravador
BAI LING by Peter J. Wong
CHARLIE CHAN/CHANG APANA by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
SLOW ASIAN AMERICAN FILM FESTIVAL by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
OPPOSABLE THUMBS by Greg Watanabe
VIDEO DATING: DAVE by Greg Watanabe
MEMOIRS OF A CHINESE GEISHA by Greg Watanabe
LYING by Greg Watanabe
CHINA DOESN'T NEED WOMEN by Michael Chih  Hornbuckle
DATING IN MODERN CHINA by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


lighting design Valiant Chow and Greg Watanabe
sound design Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


light and sound board operator Valiant Chow


box office Kimberly Kajihara, Jennie Yee, Jared A. Sato, Yunjung Chang



TELEMONGOL (collaboration with Lodestone, Cold Tofu & OPM)
Directed by Henry Chan

Telemongol
FIRST MEETING OF AHOLE written by Robert Covarrubias, Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle,
Wanru Tseng
Lois Lew -- Corinne Chooey
Jay Park – Ewan Chung
Paul Manalo – Michael C. Palma

APPA KNOWS BEST written by Charles Kim
Korean Mom – Charles Kim
Nancy – Jully Lee
Philipe – Michael C. Palma

MR. HUESER’S NEIGHBORHOOD written by Aaron Takahashi
Howell Hueser -- Robert Covarrubias
Betty Sakai – Denise Iketani
Roy Sakai – Greg Watanabe
Michael Sakai – Aaron Takahashi

AHOLE NEWS #1 written by the Company
Sunny – Jully Lee
David – Greg Watanabe

LARRY POLO written by Aaron Takahashi
Dr. Chan Maeda Chungalungporn – Denise Iketani
Larry Polo – Ewan Chung
Emperor – Aaron Takahashi
Wong – Charles Kim

DESPERATE ASIANS OF LOTUS LANE by Wanru Tseng
Winnie -- Denise Iketani
Wendell – Aaron Takahashi
Maria – Wanru Tseng
Brenda – Jully Lee
Gardener – Michael C. Palma

ASIAN SURREAL LIFE by Peter J. Wong
George Takei – Greg Watanabe
Sammo Hung – Charles Kim
Bai Ling – Corinne Chooey
Rick Yune – Rick Yune

2ND AHOLE INTERLUDE written by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(A-Train and C-Note written by Aaron Takahashi)
Lois Lew -- Corinne Chooey
Jay Park – Ewan Chung
Paul Manalo – Michael C. Palma
A-Train – Aaron Takahashi
C-Note – Charles Kim

THE DR. PHÓ SHÓW written by Wanru Tseng
Dr. Pho – Wanru Tseng
Kevin – Greg Watanabe
Gail -- Denise Iketani
Bob -- Robert Covarrubias
Jane – Jully Lee
Derek – Aaron Takahashi
DATE OR NO DATE written by Denise Iketani
Howie -- Robert Covarrubias
Mother -- Denise Iketani
Diana – Jully Lee
Janice – Wanru Tseng
A-Train – Aaron Takahashi
Manna – Ewan Chung

AHOLE NEWS #2 written by the Company
Sunny – Jully Lee
David – Greg Watanabe

CONDOM AD written by Peter J. Wong
Jack – Aaron Takahashi
Jill – Jully Lee
Genghis – Charles Kim

PROJECT APPLE: (PSA) written by Aaron Takahashi
Long Duk Dick – Greg Watanabe
Donovan -- Robert Covarrubias
Bang Cock – Denise Iketani
China Doll – Jully Lee
Young Ho – Wanru Tseng
William Well Hung – Aaron Takahashi
Sex Girl – Corinne Chooey

CHINO STATE PEN written by Charles Kim
Terry – Ewan Chung
Santos – Michael C. Palma
Gojira – Aaron Takahashi
Mothra -- Robert Covarrubias
Rodan – Greg Watanabe

BROKEBACK GOLD MOUNTAIN written by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Dr. Chan Maeda Chungalungporn -- Denise Iketani
Ennis – Charles Kim
Jack – Aaron Takahashi

3RD AHOLE INTERLUDE written by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Lois Lew -- Corinne Chooey
Jay Park – Ewan Chung
Paul Manalo – Michael C. Palma

THE VERY NORTH KOREAN HOLIDAY HOUR written by Charles Kim
Dear Leader – Charles Kim
Marilyn – Wanru Tseng
OBL -- Robert Covarrubias
Prisoner -- Denise Iketani
Prisoner – Aaron Takahashi
Prisoner – Jully Lee
Prisoner — Greg Watanabe

THE END written by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
“Tomorrow” performed & conceived by The Company
With Special Thanks to Ewan Chung & Dennis Yen


LOUDER FASTER FUNNIER
Feb 2-5, 8-12 2006
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Note: This show is notable for two things. One, it was my "scurvy" year, where I think I was suffering from scurvy, so my energy was very low. I produced some of my worst writing during this period. But there was also some very good material. The seond thing this show is notable for is we had one night (the 2nd Thursday) where actually NO ONE showed up. Zilch. Nada. It turned out to be okay, as we used it as a rehearsal night and we really sharpened up several sketches. One idea I had, since China was in the news, was to do a "China Suite" where a bunch of sketches about China would all be lumped together. Greg thought it would be better to separate them, thus explaining why all the China oriented sketches are split up.


A HISTORY OF CHINA IN THREE MINUTES by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
This was essentially a redoing of the standard theater gimmick "Shakespeare in 15 minutes" except I wrote a rap about the history of China.

POI POI by Peter J. Wong


JOHNNY AND THE SECRET by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


THE BLUES by Greg Watanabe


FLAGS, LETTERS, IWO JIMA by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


IN APPRECIATION OF THE ASIAN MALE BODY by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


DIM MAK by Greg Watanabe and Peter J. Wong


BEIJING 2008 by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


ACCELERATED CHINESE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


BOY SCOUTS by Greg Watanabe


CHINESE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


THAILAND by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


SPARTANS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


CHINESE IN SPAAAAAACE! by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


ORGAN TRANSPLANTS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


FOOD SERVICE SKETCH by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


technical director: Valiant Chow


lighting design: Valiant Chow and Greg Watanabe


sound design: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle,Todd Nakagawa, Valiant Chow


stage manager/board op: Valiant Chow, Angie Tsang, Le-Hua Hartley
box office managers: Junko Goda, Jully Lee, Jennie Yee, Michael Villanueva
"History of China in 3 Minutes” beat by Douglas Hirai
Junko Goda - Japanese translator (Junko@JunkoGoda.com)


LA Comedy Festival, Spring 2008: "Bite the Wax Tadpole"
Sunday, May 4 at 7:00
Monday, May 5 at 8:00
Tuesday, May 6 at 9:30
Friday, May 9 at 8:00
Monday, May 12 at 8:00


DUELING KOREAS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
RESPECT THE CALL by Greg Watanabe


2 GUYS ON CELLPHONES by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


PENIS RESTAURANT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


ATROCITIES by Greg Watanabe



JUST LIKE WHITE PEOPLE
August 1-24, 2008
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SUPER DUPER MOST EXCELLENT IMPROV COMPANY I by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
LOUIE'S AMERICAN STYLE CHINESE RESTAURANT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
WHO SAVED THE MOST JEWS? by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
TAKE OFF YOUR SHIRT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
HDTV by Peter J. Wong
JABBAWABBEE by Peter J. Wong
LEAKEY'S ANGELS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
SHAKESPEARE FACE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
AT THE ZOO by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
SAMMO HUNG PITCH by Peter J. Wong
21: THE MOVIE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
LETTER TO A FRIEND by Greg Watanabe
ASIAN PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
KOREAN BBQ by Peter J. Wong
SUPER DUPER MOST EXCELLENT IMPROV COMPANY II by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
TECH SUPPORT MUSICAL by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle

lighting design: Howard Ho & Greg Watanabe
sound design: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle, Greg Watanabe, Peter J. Wong
stage manager/board op: Howard Ho
house managers: Michael Villanueva, Ken Lee, John Chang


LA Comedy Festival, Fall 2008: "All Mew Naterial"
Friday, November 7 8:00pm
Tuesday, November 18 9:30


SELLING OUT by Greg Watanabe
Greg: Greg Watanabe
Pete: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


ILLEGAL IMMIGRANT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Pilgrim: Peter J. Wong
Squanto: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Immigrant Police: Greg Watanabe


FRANKENSTEIN MONSTER SHUFFLE by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Bruce, the Frankenstein Monster: Greg Watanabe
Bob, Billy-Bob, Producer, Casting Director, Martin Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Matt, Jethro-Bubba,. Bride, James, Vampire: Peter J. Wong
Werewolf: himself



BOW DOWN BEFORE YOUR ASIAN MASTERS
July 31-August 23, 2009
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Kung Fu vs. Kung Fu by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(David-Michael; Bruce-Greg; Master- Junko, Townswoman-Diana, Cowboy-Kevin; Brandon-Pete)

Bob the Zombie by Peter J. Wong
(Albert-Pete; Sandy-Diana; Waitress-Junko; Bob-Michael)

Dick Cheney Show by Greg Watanabe
(Dick-Greg; Sarah-Diana; Joe the Plumber Dancers-Kevin, Michael)

Fatherhood by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(Sam-Pete; Matt-Michael)

Louie's Genetic Modification and Cloning Clinic by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(Louie-Greg; Wife-Diana; Husband-Kevin; Mom-Junko; Aquaman-Michael)

18mmw News Show by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(additional Kate Gosselin dialogue by Diana Toshiko, Hachiko idea by Greg)
(David-Greg; David-Michael; Kate-Diana; Jon-Kevin; Kim-Pete; Bimbo-Junko)

I Love You by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(Shirley-Diana; Johnny-Greg)

Vegetarian by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(Verne-Diana; Beefeater-Michael; Waiter-Pete; Cow-Kevin; Brocolli-Greg;
Bonnie-Junko)

Soapy Massage by Peter J. Wong
(Sasha-Junko; Michael-Kevin; May Ling-Pete)

The Clown by Greg Watanabe
(Man-Michael; Clown-Greg)

When the Asians Take Over by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
(Moderator-Michael: Patriot-Kevin; various-Pete, Diana, Junko, Greg)

LA Comedy Festival Spring 2009: "Avatar: The Racebender"
Thursday May 7, 8:00pm
Sunday, May 10 7pm


Britain's got Talent by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Simon Cowell: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Amanda Holden: Peter J. Wong
Susan Boyle: Greg Watanabe


Great Canadian Security by Peter J. Wong
Officer: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Tourist: Greg Watanabe


18MMW News by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
David Oh Yeah: Greg Watanabe
David Oh Hells Yeah: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
Chuck Willis: Peter J. Wong


To serve South Koreans by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
South Korean: Peter J. Wong
North Korean: Greg Watanabe


Torture by Greg Watanabe
CIA Agent: Greg Watanabe
Republican: Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle


ASIATICO
August 12-Sept 4, 2011
directed by Herbert Siguenza

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ORQUESTA ASIATICO by Herbert Siguenza
CENTRAL ASIA REPORT by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
CHINESE VAMPIRE by Peter J. Wong
OLD MASTER WONG by Peter J. Wong
18 MIGHTY MOUNTAIN WARRIOR NEWS by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle with help from Greg Watanabe
KEEPING UP WITH THE KANDELAS by Herbert Siguenza with help from Golda Inquito
ASIAN FROM ANOTHER PLANET by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle with help from Greg Watanabe
AQUAMAN by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
HAPA CLUB by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
ALADDIN: ASIAN FAIRY TALES by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
HOST BAR by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
THE RETURN OF MAO by Herbert Siguenza and ensemble
(Thanks to Culture Clash!)
COMPUTER DATING by Michael Chih Ming Hornbuckle
INCEPTION UCLA by Herbert Siguenza and ensemble


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