One of the hottest “clubs″ in Hollywood is run by “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Jimmy O. Yang and his producing partners. There’s no DJ or bottle service. If you gain entry, you better know how to eat a Dungeness crab.
Yang, whose Netflix holiday rom-com “Love Hard” drops Friday, has been turning Crab Club, the production company he operates alongside Jessica Gao and Ken Cheng, into a real Hollywood force.
Why Crab Club? The moniker comes from their regular crab dinners with other Asian American friends working in entertainment. The aim was not just to eat, but also to support each other. The meals rotate among their Los Angeles-area homes. For Yang, it was a “cool dinner club.”
“I just felt very normal, kind of like when I was shooting ‘Crazy Rich Asians,’ where we didn’t have to explain ourselves,” Yang told The Associated Press.
Being in Hollywood, the gatherings eventually transcended beyond being a support group and are now an incubator for TV and film projects told on their terms. In 2019, Yang, Gao and Cheng formed Crab Club, Inc., and it didn’t take long for the company to prove it has legs.