She attended college for a short time, then dropped out and moved to Los Angeles in 2006, where she couch-surfed and lived out of her car while performing stand-up gigs.
She quickly gathered a following of comedians and noncomedians, and was one of the original performers at Matt Besser’s Upright Citizens Brigade in Hollywood.
 Somehow that made psychological sense in my dream. CY: So one girl decides she’s had enough—someone has to put an end to this—people are going crazy!
In short time, she was running her own monthly nights: The Charlyne Yi Show.
The shows, which are ongoing, incorporate audience participation, sketches, music, stand-up, and plays.
In one of the improvised outtakes on You Tube, she gawks curiously at the prim and pregnant Alison, who has come to visit the house of men (to which Yi—apparently neither man nor woman—has easy, unquestioned entry). Around the time of the film’s release, rumors proliferated that they were truly a couple and that Cera, whose celebrity was growing, had dumped her. Another rumor quickly followed that actually Yi was in her mid-thirties and used to baby-sit for Cera.
That’s sick.” We couldn’t wait until she starred in her own film.a feature she wrote, co-scored, and starred in. She plays a character named Charlyne Yi who is skeptical that she will ever fall in love, so sets off to make a documentary about people who have actually experienced love, to try and figure things out.