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SXSW Exclusive Video Interview: Kevin Yee on His Pilot ‘A Guide to Not Dying Completely Alone’

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Comedian Kevin Yee has plenty of talent, but he noticed that there weren’t stories that felt authentic to him as a Queer Asian in Hollywood. Now, he’s starting to change that, as showrunner and star of A Guide to Not Completely Dying Alone, which premieres in the Independent TV Pilot Competition at the SXSW Film Festival.

I had the chance to speak with Yee about the process of pitching the show and ultimately trimming it down and what it feels like to be headed to SXSW, as well as other highlights of his career, including a supporting role on the eccentric Apple TV+ series Dickinson.

You can watch the video above, and read below for an official summary and where to watch.

A Guide to Not Dying Completely Alone
Kevin Yee in A Guide to Not Dying Completely Alone. Photo courtesy SXSW

Pilot summary:

A Guide to Not Dying Completely Alone follows a queer Asian writer who passes out in a gay bar bathroom, wakes up in the hospital, and realizes he is detached from society. Terrified of dying alone, he decides to change his life for the better and chronicles his journey in a self help book he writes called “A Guide To Not Dying Completely Alone.” A bitchy Eat, Pray, Love for 2023, this show is about mortality, forgiveness, and starting over, all from a queer Asian perspective. But it isn’t about our differences, it’s about what makes us similar. And it isn’t about dying, it’s about how to live.

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A Guide to Not Dying Completely Alone premieres at SXSW with screenings on March 12th and 16th.

Abe Friedtanzer
Abe Friedtanzerhttps://www.cinemadailyus.com
Abe Friedtanzer is a film and TV enthusiast who spent most of the past fifteen years in New York City. He has been the editor of MoviesWithAbe.com and TVwithAbe.com since 2007, and has been predicting the Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes, and SAG Awards since he was allowed to stay up late enough to watch them. He has attended numerous film festivals including Sundance, Tribeca, and SXSW, and is a contributing writer for The Film Experience, Awards Radar, and AwardsWatch.


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