COLD TOFU'S CORE PERFORMING CAST
Jully Lee | Artistic Director
Jully began her career training with COLD TOFU in 2004 and was appointed Artistic Director in 2013. After her first performance with Cold Tofu in the sketch comedy show TELEMONGOL, Jully was offered a co-star role on Reno911! (Comedy Central). Since then, Jully has gone on to work in theater, television and film and has received critical acclaim for her performances in more than 25 productions onstage. Jully also teaches drama and improv and has directed with Cold Tofu, Company of Angels, On Stage and Screen (USC), East West Players, and Bethesda University of California. She also tours with the children's theater company We Tell Stories.
Jully enjoys mimicking family and friends, making sure servers get tipped generously (but appropriately) in large groups, and spending time with her 4-yr old bamboo plant.
REPRESENTATION: FireStarter (Theatrical), Stark (Commercial), 126 (Mgmt)
Will Choi | Associate Artistic Director
Will joined COLD TOFU in 2012, and is now the current Associate Artistic Director. He has studied improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre, iO West, and The Nerdist School. He is the creator behind two of UCB's most successful shows, "Scarlett Johansson Presents..." and "Asian AF".
Will can be seen performing improv with his teams RJP, Totally Heather, and Miss Golightly, and hosts the Drunk Monk Podcast with Keiko Agena. Will is also a producer of The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival.
REPRESENTATION: Avant Artists (Theatrical, Commercial, Voice-Over)
Corinne is originally from San Francisco and has studied at The American Conservatory Theater, East West Players Conservatory, and UCLA's School of TFT. She began her improv training at the The Groundlings and is a graduate of UCB's improv program. Her studies continue today at UCB and the Pack Theater. A past participant in Fox Broadcasting's Television Diversity Writers Program, Corinne studied sketch comedy at ACME and was a weekly performing sketch company member for over three years.
Currently, Corinne performs with COLD TOFU and the Pack Theater. She also has a weekly live streaming comedy talk show, "The Cathedral and Young Bum Show," on the Bidchat network. Recent theater credits include "Rose and the Rime" at Sacred Fools Theater and "LA Views: CriminalEyes" at the Company of Angeles. She is a proud member of SAG-AFTRA and AEA.
REPRESENTATION: The Osbrink Agency (Commercial, Voice-Over) | BAC Talent (Mgmt)
Michael C. Palma
Since starting with COLD TOFU in the summer of 2001, Mike has had a thrilling time laughing and making stuff up with his cohorts. After having started out as a musical theater artist, and actor, Mike has since found a fun home in the world of "make it up as you go along" and has happily lived there ever since!
When not performing with the gang at Cold Tofu, Mike is a professional photographer, working for AMPAS (Oscars) and Disney. In his (abundant, always free and available) free time, Mike is also a wedding and portrait/commercial photographer, with the unique distinction of photographing a particular asian world leader, whilst having his fly down during the shoot! Ask him about it when you come to a show. His most recent shoots can also be found via Instagram @mpalmaphotography.
Helen H. Ota | Artistic Director Emeritus
Helen H. Ota has been a performing member of COLD TOFU since 1992 and retired as its Artistic Director in 2013. She co-founded Yes, And … Productions and produced the musicals Ordinary Days and Songs for a New World. She is also a performing member of the Grateful Crane Ensemble. Credits include Ordinary Days, Songs for a New World, A Tribute to Misora Hibari, Ching Chong Chinaman, The Brahmin and the Tiger, and Manzanar. She also emcees community events, festivals, and parades.
Helen’s passion for the arts extends to her day job where she is the Director of Development & Marketing at the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. She also serves on the Artistic Advisory Board for the Asian Pacific American Friends of Theatre. When she’s not working, performing or serving the community, Helen is often singing her heart out at a local karaoke lounge.