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Sandra Tsing Loh: A 'Unique Talent' or Simply Pointless and Sad?

May 07, 2000

Thank you for the great article and lovely cover picture of Sandra Tsing Loh ("The Multi-Cult Semi-Celeb," by John M. Glionna, photograph by Rachel Weill, April 9). I have been a fan of Loh's since I first heard her intelligent, offbeat humor on Peter Tilden's radio show when she guested several years ago. She did an impromptu commentary on "Friends" that was hilarious. Last year I enjoyed seeing her as a panelist at the L.A. Times Book Festival, where she held her own with such heavyweights as Steve Allen and Arianna Huffington. Before reading your article, I'd had no idea of her unusual upbringing, and I give her great credit for being able to laugh about it.

I could easily see her doing her own talk show. Her comic observations of everyday life resonate with more people than she probably realizes. Whenever I see or hear her, I know I'm going to laugh!

Jeanette Fratto

Laguna Niguel


I was delighted to see you recognize Loh's unique talent. Members of my chaotic household know they must fall silent during broadcasts of "The Loh Life."

Loh's intelligence and wit are too crisp and clever for the confines of a television sitcom. Thanks to her caffeinated cadence, her one-woman shows and radio commentaries are the best ways to savor her pieces. I wait in delicious anticipation to hear her take on labor, delivery and the aftermath.

Jackie Gabrielson Fein

Mission Viejo


Your writer missed Loh's greatest impact on Los Angeles. Millions of male KCRW listeners face this weekly dilemma: Submit to another second of sickeningly cutesy, mile-a-minute chick blather, or veer into the oncoming semi?

Todd von Hoffmann



Like the stories on "Seinfeld," Loh's stories are about nothing. But unlike "Seinfeld," she's sad instead of funny. Here is a woman who took all the promise of a Caltech physics degree and with it built a pointless life centered around peripatetic banter, about lives that don't matter.

How is this significant art? Why the hell should anyone care?

Payam Minoofar

Los Angeles

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