Joe Wong (comedian)

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Joe Wong
Comedian Joe Wong.jpg
Wong in October 2009
Birth name Huáng Xī
Born (1970-04-20) April 20, 1970 (age 47)
Baishan, Jilin, China
Medium Stand-up
Nationality American
Years active 2001 – Present
Genres Deadpan, sarcasm, observational comedy, satire
Subject(s) pop culture, everyday life, marriage, self-deprecation, racial stereotypes
Notable works and roles 2010 Radio and Television Correspondents' Association dinner

Joe Wong (Chinese: 黄西; pinyin: Huáng Xī, born April 20, 1970) is a Chinese American comedian and chemical engineer.[1] He was born to a Korean Chinese family[2] in Baishan, Jilin, China. His family moved from Korea to China three generations ago. He graduated from Jilin University and Chinese Academy of Sciences, before he went to further study chemistry at Rice University in Texas in 1994.[3] He graduated from Rice in 2000 with a PhD in Biochemistry. He then moved to Boston in 2001 and began to perform his comedy at All Asia Bar, at Stash's Comedy Jam.

Although he had won numerous awards, he did not attract American nationwide attention until after his appearance on Late Show with David Letterman on April 17, 2009.[4] His multiple appearances on TV, courtesy of Ellen DeGeneres, boosted his reputation further. On February 10, 2010, Wong made his second appearance on the Late Show,[5][6] and appeared again on March 30, 2012.

On St. Patrick’s Day, 2010, he headlined the annual dinner hosted by the Radio and Television Correspondents' Association.[7][8]

Wong documented his performances in United States and China, discussing his limitations and style in Chinese humor.

On June 19, 2010, he placed first in the Third Annual Great American Comedy Festival.

Since 2013, he moved back to Beijing, China, hosting television shows, such as "是真的吗?(Is that for real?)", a MythBusters like program, on China Central Television.

Awards: Finalist at the Boston International Comedy and Film Festival (May 2003)[9] Best Short Film award at the Cambridge Fringe Fest (March 2003)[9] Six-time winner of Standup Comedy Contest at the Lizard Lounge in Cambridge, MA


  1. ^ Joe Wong, Man of Comedy and Science, BioTechniques
  2. ^ "小崔说事节目采访黄西". 2011-11-27. 
  3. ^ Zaino III, Nick A. (2008-08-17). "Looking for laughs in China". Boston Globe. Retrieved 27 March 2010. 
  4. ^ "Joe Wong's network debut on David Letterman's show". 2009-04-17. 
  5. ^ Joe Wong- Letterman 2-12-10 on YouTube
  6. ^ KP Comedy
  7. ^ Joe Wong, an unusual comedian,
  8. ^ Joe Wong to headline RTCA dinner,
  9. ^ a b Joe Wong Rooftopcomedy

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