Esther Ku

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Esther Ku
Esther Ku in 2010
Born c. 1980
Medium Stand-up, television
Years active 2002–present

Esther Ku (c. 1980) is an American comedian and television personality. Ku was a cast member on the MTV shows Girl Code and Wild 'N Out.[1]


The daughter of Christian missionaries, Ku was born in Chicago in the 1980s. She worked as a traveling sales representative for Sharpie and claims that she was fired for laughing too much.[2] She claimed that she was using this trainee position as a way for her to explore doing comedy while on the road.[3]

Ku has said that comedians need to be prepared to deal with the failure of a joke; she claimed that she does so by poking fun at herself.[4] Ku was also interviewed by veteran comedian Richard Lewis on NPR in a feature about the difficulties of becoming a comedian.[5]

Ku's career has garnered mixed to negative reception. While being profiled for a documentary about female comedians of color, Ku was seen attempting to perform a comedy set in which she stated: "I don't really like being Asian, but I'm kind of stuck with it." She went on to say that "Nigerian babies cost like 25 cents a day. Asian babies cost a lot more because they pay off." Her attempted comedy set received "pained groans and a smattering of uncomfortable laughs" from the audience.[6]


Peelander-Z with Esther Ku and an audience member playing the guitar and bass

Ku was a cast member on the MTV show Girl Code.[7] Ku also became a cast member on the sixth season of Wild 'N Out on MTV2. In 2008, Ku competed on the sixth season of Last Comic Standing, where she finished in eleventh place.[8] She was selected for NBC's Stand-up for Diversity Showcase in 2006.[9] In 2011, Ku MCed an Asian Heritage show in New York which also featured Jenny Choi and Peelander-Z.[10] In 2015, Ku played the role of Tracy on The Jack and Triumph Show, which was cancelled after seven episodes. Ku was featured as a guest on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast on July 29, 2015.[11][12]


  1. ^ "Girl Code | Meet the Cast". MTV. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  2. ^ Saucy Esther Ku dishes on sex and the Beach Boys. (2009-01-30). Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  3. ^ Esther Ku - Getting fired for "laughing too loud". Jobless Zombie Show - Youtube (2015-05-02). Retrieved on 2015-08-14.
  4. ^ Trunk, Penelope. (2007-10-14) Making connections is key – The Boston Globe. Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  5. ^ It Ain't Easy Getting to the Top. NPR. Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  6. ^ Between the lines – The Boston Globe. (2006-03-20). Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  7. ^ "Girl Code | Meet the Cast". MTV. Retrieved 2013-07-22. 
  8. ^ Exclusive Interview: Esther Ku of 'Last Comic Standing'. (2008-07-13). Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  9. ^ Interview with Esther Ku from Last Comic Standing : Reality TV, Game Show, Talk Show, News – All Things Unscripted Social Network Casting Community. (2008-07-20). Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  10. ^ East meets West at LaGuardia. Retrieved on 2011-06-15.
  11. ^ Dumlao, Eric. (2015-07-30) {}/ Retrieved on 2015-07-30.
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