This week, Ira Sternberg spoke with comedian Jocelyn Chia, performing in the Comedy Cellar at the Rio All-Suite Hotel & Casino through March 6. In this episode of Talk About Las Vegas, Jocelyn talks about her journey from lawyer to comedian; her parents’ reactions to her decision; growing up in Singapore and realizing she was funny as a teenager; her conflict with left brain vs. right brain in writing and performing comedy; developing her comedic voice; who she looked to for inspiration; and performing in her first Las Vegas gig.
Jocelyn Chia is a lawyer turned comedian originally from Singapore, and is now (mostly) based in New York City. She has been in Vulture, Her World, South China Morning Post, and cnbc.com, and was recently named one of Singapore’s top comedians by Buro. Jocelyn has been a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Channel of Sirius XM, and a guest host on MTV. Jocelyn made her standup television debut on AXS TV’s Gotham Comedy Live, hosted by William Shatner, and taped her second Live at Gotham in 2019.
She is a winner of the Ladies of Laughter Competition, and a finalist at the New York’s Funniest competition at Carolines. Jocelyn has received the “Rising Star Award – Comedy” at the Asian American Television and Film Festival, and made her Comedy Central debut in 2018. She has performed in festivals such as the Boston Comedy Festival and the Women in Comedy Festival, and colleges such as NYU and Harvard University.