SCARLETT JOHANSSON PRESENTS...
"Scarlett Johansson Presents..." is a show that solely features Asian-American performers doing comedy at the famous Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre - the first show of its kind! Will is the creator/producer of the show, and co-hosts with Keiko Agena. ScarJo Presents garnered an immense amount of support from the Asian-American community, making it one of UCB's most attended shows. The first show titled "Scarlett Johansson Presents: Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month" took place on May 27, 2016. It featured three all Asian-American improv teams: Yellow Fever, Miss Golightly, and VOLTRON: The UCB Superteam. Over 200 audience members were in attendance!
The second show in the series, "Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Doctor Strange" took place on November 4, 2016. It featured stand-up from comedian Sheng Wang (writer, Fresh Off the Boat), a character monologue from Jiavani Linayao (Champion of Nerdist's Erotic Fan Fiction Competition), and improv from Chicago's Stir Friday Night! and VOLTRON: The UCB Superteam. it also featured character bits from actors Mike Lane, Scott Yamamura, Jenny Yang, and Keiko Agena. The show had close to 300 people in the audience making it more attended than the first event! Read NBC Asian America's feature piece on the show.
On February 17, 2017, "Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of The Great Wall" went up against the LA "rainpocalypse" and a holiday weekend, but still managed to gather a huge crowd to fill the Inner Sanctum once again! The third show in the Scarlett series featured stand-up Asif Ali (TBS' Wrecked), a character monologue from Susan Song, a musical performance by Danice Cabanela, and improv by KILOWATT: The Mess Hall Superteam and VOLTRON: The UCB Superteam. It also featured performers Scott Yamamura (Matt Damon), Mike Lane (Iron Fist), and Terry Huang.150 audience members braved the rain and witnessed yet another incredible night of comedy!
The upcoming fourth and possibly final show of the series took place on Friday, March 31, 2017 called "Scarlett Johansson Presents: Opening Night of Ghost In The Shell" at the UCB Inner Sanctum Cafe. The show featured stand-up from Kyle Mizono, a sketch from Kay Kaanapu, Dione Kuraoka, & Kaitlyn Tanimoto, a video from Cynthia Kao & Lesley Tsina, improv from Kilowatt: The Mess Hall Superteam and Voltron: The UCB Superteam. The night ended with a special musical performance of "Ghost In the Shell: The Musical!", written by Will Choi, Mike Lane, and Tess Paras. The show was hosted by Will Choi and Keiko Agena.
"Scarlett Johansson Presents" was part of the 19th annual Del Close Marathon on Friday, June 2017! The show was the festival opener at the UCB East Theatre, and featured two mash-up teams from LA and NY. Four UCB LA Harold team members joined seven UCB NY Harold & Lloyd performers for one of the most memorable shows of DCM. The show was hosted by Will Choi and Keiko Agena.