Angry Reader of the Week: Paul Bae

"With my binoculars I can see Harry and Meghan mowing their lawn."

Hey, everybody! You know what's up. It's time to meet the Angry Reader of the Week, spotlighting you, the very special readers of this website. Over the years, I've been able to connect with a lot of cool folks, and this is a way of showing some appreciation and attention to the people who help make this blog what it is. This week's Angry Reader is Paul Bae.

Who are you?

Paul Bae.

What are you?

I'm a former evangelical youth pastor turned teacher turned comedian turned podcaster and doggy daddy to 3 wonderful mutts.

Where are you?

I live in a small mountain village of 500 homes just outside Vancouver, British Columbia. With my binoculars I can see Harry and Meghan mowing their lawn.

Where are you from?

I was born in Seoul to two people fortunate enough to have escaped North Korea just before the DMZ was established. They moved us to Canada when I was two "for a better chance to be happy" according to my mother. I think they made the right call.

What do you do?

If you ask my mother, "Something with radio or TV."

I am the creator/producer of The Big Loop podcast and the co-creator/co-producer of The Black Tapes podcast. I recently directed a fictional podcast series for Marvel called "Marvels."

My reps tell me I am also in TV development but I'm not to talk specifically about it yet. I only mention this part of my job to make it easier for my mother to tell her friends at church what I do for a living.

What are you all about?

I've been a storyteller my whole life. I love telling stories. And I love telling stories in various genres and mediums whether it be live on stage or on the page or somewhere in between. My first book comes out April 1 (You Suck, Sir) and I've sold pilots to TV networks but fictional podcasts are where I like to live these days.

And the older I get, the more these stories thematically lean towards death. I used to think it was some deep, personal philosophical impulse but I suspect it's more the fatalistic Korean in me. What I'm trying to say is deep inside me is my grandmother.

What makes you angry?

Being invisible. Back when I was an actor I'd go out for parts and it was the usual template of stock East Asian characters. One time I went in for a pizza delivery guy. The waiting room was filled with my East Asian actor friends. I thought, "Man, they really have their heart set on an Asian pizza delivery guy." The casting director's assistant came in and announced that they've changed the part (which was non-speaking) to a Chinese food delivery guy, and added, "But you've all probably figured that out." I could tell from everyone's face that no one had figured that out.

That eventually led me to resolve to quit acting and focus even more on writing and production. I stayed angry. And I like me when I'm angry.

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