His name is Yesel, but his friends call him Yak. Yak is a performer/writer/editor/dodgeballer from Van Nuys, CA. Yak grew up in a funny family. His dad was always cracking jokes, his mom was the best at doing impressions, his Aunt Lucy was the practical joker, and he learned how to get into trouble in the funnest ways from his older brother Paul and cousin Eli. His first real attempt at comedy was when he was a senior at the University of La Verne. He started doing stand up there, but years later he really fell in love with the improv and sketch community at UCB. That's where his focus has been these days. You may have seen him perform internationally (Toronto, Canada once!), across the country (NY a couple times!), or around town with his sketch/improv/slammer team PRIVATE STREET. They're not only some of the most talented people he's ever worked with, they're also some of the best friends he has ever had. Private Street has won UCB Cagematch 5 times, and UCB Sketch Showdown for a year, plus multiple bit shows, sketch shows, and having the honor to open for legendary teams like The Smokes. He's also STOKED to be a part of the UCB Maude team EastWOOD!!!! Yak thinks life is cool, and just really loves everybody. He'd love to party with you.

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