Peter Chao Canadian Comedic Vlogger’s Unconventional Asian Portrayal
It was incredible meeting with this young man Peter Chao. He got this amazing vibe that you can feel it when he is around. Rare of his kind Peter Chao got bucket full of laughter he is distributing in the world. Peter talks more about his passion for making people laugh in an interview.
Davin Tong, better known by his alias Peter Chao (born 1987), is a Canadian comedic vlogger and YouTube personality, known for his unconventional portrayals of Asian stereotypes, which alongside other politically incorrect videos have drawn mixed criticism from several sources. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada, Tong is the second son of “Chinese immigrants”, while his character Chao was born and raised in Hong Kong. Tong is bilingual, speaking both fluent English and Cantonese.
Tell us a little about yourself.
I’m a big comedy guy, I grew up watching the greats do their thing and after discovering that laughter is the best way to cope with all of the issues that are so prevalent in today’s society, I knew life in comedy was what I wanted to pursue.
What was a high school like?
I was picked on in High School, as most of the creative ones are, I guess, for being short and Chinese. So I was very reserved and liked a lot of things people weren’t into; I’m a big pro-wrestling fan. I hadn’t yet found my style and it wasn’t really until Peter Chao took off that I started to take pride in fashion and how important it was to look good.
When you did first realize your talent as a comedian?
Growing up, I made everyone laugh from my family to my friends, I was always the guy to get everyone to open up at parties. Being a comedian requires a lot of showmanship and I was comfortable with public speaking from a very early age. Comedy is a great way to overcome any sort of stage fright, so performing in general, was a way for me to tap into comedy.
What is the funniest thing that happened to you recently?
I’ve always been floored at how comfortable old White people are with full frontal nudity. It’s a mixture of shock and confidence but seeing their carefree expressions as they saunter back and forth with their dick hanging out will always be funny to me.
Do think humor comes from darkness?
A lot of it comes from your personal experience with life, whether it to be rooted in darkness or recurrences in social situations.
Who is your targeted audience?
It used to be a younger audience but now as everyone continues to grow up, I’m guessing my supporters are in the 18-24 range.
How did people reacted when you first started comedy? Were you accepted as a comedian in the community?
I started my career as a comedian on YouTube so, at the time, it wasn’t a platform that was understood by many. So even reaching the pinnacles of my success on YouTube, the community needs you to show your skill set in front of a live audience before they’re able to fully accept you.
Who are your personal favorite comedians and why?
Dave Chappelle. He’s a storyteller and he’s been through a lot in his life. The way he weaves between his stories and his opinionated thoughts make what he does on stage look effortless.
What is the ultimate goal and where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself with my own show on a digital streaming platform and getting the opportunities to play characters in Film and Television. I love the process of creating and whether it be as a director or an actor realizing someone’s vision, the art of creating is what appeals to me most.
Share an embarrassing moment with us that no one knows…
I’m always caught waving back to someone who wasn’t waving to me in the first place. So it’s less of a moment and more of a common occurrence.
There is so much more we would like to ask you. But what would you want to say to your audience?
After ten years on YouTube, I’m so grateful for the audience and fanbase for believing in me from Day 1. It’s important that when new opportunities arise, to have the people who created those opportunities be a part of that journey.
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