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Actress Charlyne Yi discusses her support of Oxfam America’s Hunger Banquet–and SNL’s Fred Armisen!

By BOB ANDELMAN (email)

Michael Cera and Charlyne Yi

Charlyne Yi is a young woman whose name you may have heard in the past year or two, maybe as an actress in Knocked Up or Paper Heart, which she wrote, executive produced, composed music for and starred in with her then boyfriend, Michael Cera. 

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If you watch a lot of YouTube videos, you may know her for her viral Saturday Night Live audition tape or her ongoing video exchanges with SNL star Fred Armisen—and I’ll play a sample of both later.

But the real reason Charlyne is joining me today is talk about her commitment to Oxfam America Hunger Banquet. She did a video for the nonprofit organization that is also viral. It’s a largely wordless demonstration of how she went from not knowing about hunger in America to taking an active stand against it.

You can watch her Oxfam video @ OxfamAmerica.org.

And, of course, we’ll also talk about movies. And maybe we can get her to sing a little bit, because among her many videos are those in which she sings and plays guitar, including a cover of Sinead O’Connor’s “Nothing Compares 2 U,” which, of course, was written by Prince.

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http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=andelmancom&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B002QW7AM6&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifrHear it now!CHARLYNE YI audio excerpt: “At the Oxfam America Hunger Banquet, I was a poor person, so I had to sit on the floor. The rich people sat at the table and the middle class sat in chairs. It was such an interesting hypothetical situation–role-playing, and yet it was real. The person next to you wasn’t sharing their food even though they had the opportunity. Some of us didn’t get fed at all.” 

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You can LISTEN to this interview with CHARLYNE YI, star of PAPER HEART, by clicking the audio player above!


Bob Andelman is the author or co-author of 10 books, including ‘The Profiler’ with Pat Brown, ‘Built From Scratch’ with the founders of The Home Depot, and ‘Will Eisner: A Spirited Life.’ • Follow Bob on Twitter or Facebook.


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