Jodi Long can currently be seen on Steve Byrne & Rob Long’s “Sullivan & Son”, a new sitcom on TBS, in which she portrays Ok Cha, the Korean mother of Steve Sullivan (Byrne), a successful corporate attorney from New York who brings his girlfriend home for his father’s 60th birthday and learns his parents are preparing to sell the multi-generational family business, a bar known as Sullivan & Son.It doesn’t take Steve long to realize that where he really belongs is in the old neighborhood and running Sullivan & Son. And so begins Steve’s quest for a more meaningful and rewarding life behind the bar.
Lia: How did you meet J.P. Chan, the director of A Picture of You.
Jodi: I did not know J.P. before working on the film. Jo Mei brought my name up and my people were contacted. I asked to read the script. Thank God I have television money right now, because I can afford to do these indies. The script, I really liked, because what happens is, as they are going through their mom’s things, they find some compromising things about their mother. It throws them into a dither about who their mother really is. It’s very funny. I also just did another series, shot in New Jersey.
Jodi Long is a veteran of stage, film and television whose regular series work includes co-starring with Valerie Bertinelli in “Cafe American”; playing Margaret Cho’s mother in “All American Girl” and playing Alicia Silverstone’s secretary in “Miss Match”. Long has had recurring parts on “The Cosby Show”, “Michael Hayes”, “Eli Stone” and “Law and Order: LA”. She is also known as Patty, “the power lesbian,” in an episode of “Sex in The City”.
Long’s film work includes Beginnings, with Ewan McGregor and Christopher Plummer; Paul Schrader’s Patty Hearst; Mike Newell’s Sour Sweet; Striking Distance; Rollover; and The Hot Chick.
In 2006, Long’s one-woman play, Surfing DNA, was produced at East West Players in Los Angeles and garnered her an Ovation nomination for Best Solo Performance. She went on to write and co-produce a documentary about her vaudevillian parents, Long Story Short, was directed by Christine Choy. The film played numerous film festivals, including the 2008 Hawaii International Film Festival, and it won the 2008 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival’s Audience Award for Best Documentary. In 2008, Long Story Short was voted one of the top ten documentaries by UCLA’s Asia Institute. Click here for the official website and here to purchase the film at Amazon.com.
Numerous off-Broadway productions include Wendy Wasserstein’s Old Money (Lincoln Center), Red and The Wash (Manhattan Theater Club), David Henry Hwang’s Golden Child and Family Devotions (Public Theater); and The Tooth of Crime (LaMama). Long has also performed in the world tour of Phillip Glass and David Henry Hwang’s 90-minute solo piece 1000 Airplanes on The Roof.
Upcoming episodes for “Sullivan & Son” (Check your local listings)
Creepy Love Songs
Thursday, August 23 at 12:00 am
The guys realize an old comic book is valuable and try to sell it to Pittsburgh’s top collector (guest star Billy Gardell). Owen and Carol bring a new act to the bar while Steve and Melanie uncover middle school mysteries.
The Fifth Musketeer
Thursday August 23rd at 10:00 pm, Friday, August 24th at 12:00 am, Monday, August 27th at 01:00 am, Thursday, August 30th at 12:00 am
Steve unexpectedly finds himself juggling dates after Ok Cha sets him up with a fake profile on an online dating site. This sparks the guys to create their own fake profile to lure a highly rated bachelor into the bar to learn his secrets of picking up woman, hoping he will join their group as the fifth Musketeer.
How Carol Got Her Groove Back
Thursday, August 30 at 10:00 pm, Friday, August, 31 at 12:00 am, Monday. September 3 at 12:05 am, Thursday, September 6 at 12:00 am
Carol falls into a funk when she learns she’s going through menopause. In an attempt to convince Carol she’s still attractive, Ahmed crosses a line.
The Prodigal Sister
Thursday, September 6th at 10:00 pm
Steve’s grifter aunt comes into town and shakes things up at the bar. Doug tries to find his mojo. Susan confronts Ok Cha about her criticizing ways.
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