Jes Tom

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Jes Tom
Nationality American
Pronouns they/them[1][2]
Gender identity nonbinary
Occupation comedian

Jes Tom is an Asian-American comedian based in New York. They also appear in SJ Son’s short film Soojung Dreams of Fiji.[3]

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"Overall, as someone who isn't a white person or a man, of course I have fewer opportunities. But I also believe that my identities are advantageous for stand up, because I have a unique perspective that a lot of audiences haven’t heard before. I think people are really hungry to hear new and different stories, as much as the entertainment industry tries to pretend that isn’t the case. At the same time, finding work as a nonbinary Asian American actor is pretty tough. People tend to want to pigeonhole me. I’m actually interested in playing a lot of different types of roles, but I suspect I don’t fit what a lot of casting people have in mind. Casting is all about how other people perceive you, and being trans—especially nonbinary trans—a lot of people don’t know how to perceive me, or perceive me incorrectly. So I’m still trying to figure that out."[4]

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References[edit | edit source]

  1. Instagram bio, accessed 21 June 2020
  2. Merchant, Shaan (27 May 2020). "This Non-Binary Comedian Is Finding Humanity in the Pandemic". OZY. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  3. Werder, Corinne (16 November 2017). "Seven Minutes In Heaven With Comedian Jes Tom". GO Magazine. Retrieved 21 June 2020.
  4. Diaz-Marcano, Nelson (23 October 2017). "Representation Matters: Jes Tom". Manhattan with a Twist. Retrieved 21 June 2020.