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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 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.