The Character Behind Frank Wu

Frank Wu is part of the core dreamer group on the Bottom Rung. Much like Tim, though, the term “schemer” would be more appropriate. Deep down, he knows he was probably a gaming nerd who did not get a lot of girls. Now he’s hell-bent on trying to be a big shot like the people he sees in the movies—at least that’s what he tells other people.



I got the idea for a fake Japanese accent because, on every document review people, are always talking about how much more the foreign document reviewers get paid, especially the Japanese ones.

I heard a story about a couple of girls who faked their way onto a Russian job for a few weeks at $65 an hour, so I thought it would be funny if nobody even noticed that, not only does Frank not speak Japanese, he’s an American guy from Buffalo who happens to have Chinese heritage. But now he has decided to use his heritage to be the king of Chinatown.

I also used a few guys whom I met on jobs for inspiration. One guy I know actually represents Asian massage workers—apparently they get harassed by cops a lot. So I thought it would be awesome if his main clientele were masseuses and gang members. Throughout the season, you will see his ridiculous attempts to become a mob lawyer fail, to our comedic delight.

Roy Vongtama plays Frank, and he was a big get for us. Someone put me in touch with him through a fellow Penn alum, as he graduated from Penn and he’s an extremely established actor. You might have seen him in “The Bucket List” with Jack Nicholson and Morgan Freeman, in which he played a doctor. He also happens to be a medical doctor in real life. Yes, this guy is like Ken Jeong, only tall and good looking. And, yes, the Corvette that we use to shoot the scenes with Jess’s boyfriend . . . also his.

Matt Ritter is an actor, stand-up comic, and the creator of the Bottom Rung. He's also a former lawyer. You can reach him at rittercomedy@gmail.com.

5 Comments

  1. Ellen

    January 12, 2012 at 12:00 pm

    I do not think that I would SLEEP with this man.

  2. miserable associate

    January 12, 2012 at 2:12 pm

    You wouldn’t? This guy is a stud. You’re out of your mind.

  3. Mean Partner

    January 12, 2012 at 6:25 pm

    I am going to recreate the cachet of being a lawyer by making DocReview the new Law review: add some couches, better coffee and some pauperized social functions, and perhaps a reserved parking space in the lot behind the building and voila! Lawyers would be fighting to get onto DocReview!

    I am also making a “Tier 1 Document Review group” in my firm. The “Tier 1″ Reviewers will be given extra “perks.” A better place to work, a desk from our storage facility, and chair, and controlled access to an overworked Personal Assistant I am going to hire from a local college. Her/his job will be to get coffee (from the Firm coffee machine), lunch, and get their miserable car (if they have one) washed at “firm” expense once a month. They will be hosued separately from the non-Tier 1 lawyer as well, behind a door that says “Tier 1 lawyers Only.” Add some more “perks” like this and I will have a subgroup of more valuable lawyers fighting to get into “Tier 1.” We will also invite the T1 group to the firm dining room once a month for chat sessions designed to make them think we care what they think about legal issues.

    I will move people like “Paige” into Tier 1 reasonably rapidly, so regular lawyers will attend some of these lunches, and to provide us with a dating pool.

    • Guano Dubango

      January 13, 2012 at 9:41 am

      Who is “Paige”? Is she the one with the body?

  4. Mean Partner

    January 13, 2012 at 11:55 am

    I thought she was the blonde in the vid.

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