Dat Phan

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Dat Phan
Dat Phan in 2010 at The Punchline in Sacramento, CA
Born (1975-01-25) January 25, 1975 (age 44)
Saigon, South Vietnam
MediumStand-up, television, film
NationalityVietnamese American
Years active2003–present
GenresObservational comedy
Subject(s)Everyday life, self-deprecation, racial stereotypes[1]

Dat Phan (born January 25, 1975) is a Vietnamese American stand-up comedian. He first rose to fame in 2003 after defeating runner-up Ralphie May to win Season 1 of Last Comic Standing.[2]

Early life[edit]

Phan was born in Saigon. When he was a child, he, his mother, and nine of his siblings emigrated from South Vietnam to the United States. They suffered financial hardships throughout his childhood. He grew up in the City Heights neighborhood of San Diego, California, then spent his teenage years in Santee, California, a suburb of San Diego. Phan was voted most successful of his class at his West Hills High School ten-year reunion, and was voted into Grossmont College's Walk of Fame.[1]


In 2003, he entered the first season of NBC's stand-up comedy competition reality show, Last Comic Standing.[1][3] He was picked on by the other contestants due to his relative youth in the comedy world.[1] Nonetheless, Phan was the surprise winner of Last Comic Standing,[3] and subsequently has made cameo appearances in Hollywood films such as Cellular[3] and Love Is the Drug. He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.

Dat Phan Productions released the DVD Dat Phan: Live and the CD You Touch, You Buy, in stores January 2010, and began pre-production on a movie titled Yellow Fever.[3] He has endorsed the Jade Ribbon Campaign established to fight against hepatitis B and liver cancer.[3]

In 2011, Phan was featured in the DirecTV campaign, "The Whale".


TV appearances[edit]

Last Comic Standing[edit]

Phan was the original winner of Last Comic Standing[1][3] and won in the finals against Ralphie May in 2003. In Fall 2004, he returned for the third season dubbed "Battle of the Best" which was season 1 against season 2. In the fifth round, he and May got eliminated and contestant Dave Mordal who would become the runner-up stayed in. The Season 2 elimination results had winner and future third placeman John Heffron staying in and Kathleen Madigan and Jay London eliminated.



  • DatPhan.com
  • Duck, Allison (September 30, 2009). "Dinner at The Peppermill with Dat Phan". Las Vegas Weekly.
  • Duck, Allison (September 21, 2009). "Dat Phan Homeless to Hilarious". Las Vegas Weekly.
  • Bloom, Stephen (March 10, 2010). "Dat Phan From Homeless to Headliner". Sacramento Press. Archived from the original on April 16, 2010.
  • Attanasio, Ed (May 8, 2010). "Now Dat's Funny". Life on the Edge.
  • "PHANtastic: "Last Comic Standing" winner aims to entertain Guam Audience". Pacific Daily News. Guampdn.com.[dead link]
  1. ^ a b c d e f Curran, James (2 January 2008). "Locally raised comedian Phan grateful to be working". North County Times. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.
  2. ^ "'Last Comic Standing' winner Dat Phan plays Fort Myers". The News-Press. Retrieved 2018-10-20.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Pang, Angela (16 September 2008). "Dat Phan Joins Jade Ribbon Campaign". AsianWeek. Archived from the original on 11 March 2010. Retrieved 20 February 2010.

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