Karen Chee

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Karen Chee
Born (1995-02-22) February 22, 1995 (age 26)[1]
United States
Alma materHarvard University[2]
Years active2018-present
EmployerLate Night with Seth Meyers
GenresPolitical/news satire, improvisational comedy, sketch comedy
Subject(s)American politics, Asian American culture, current events, racism, gender
WebsiteOfficial website

Karen Chee is an American comedian and writer. She has been a staff writer for Late Night with Seth Meyers since January 2019[3]

Early life and career[edit]

Chee's parents emigrated to the United States from South Korea.[4]

Chee originally wanted to become a speechwriter, but became interested in pursuing professional comedy by the time she enrolled at Harvard College.[4] During college, she was president of The Immediate Gratification Players, an improvisational comedy trope, and founded a sketch comedy show.[2]

Chee interned at Full Frontal with Samantha Bee and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, where she appeared on air alongside Keegan-Michael Key.[2] She contributed to publications including McSweeney's, Reductress, and The New Yorker.[5] She also wrote for the 2019 Golden Globes for hosts Andy Samberg and Sandra Oh.[3][6]

In early 2019, Chee joined Late Night with Seth Meyers. She has appeared on air for a recurring segment called What Does Karen Know?, in which Meyers and Chee quiz each other about cultural touchstones which their respective generations take for granted.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Chee lives in Brooklyn, New York.[8] Though, in 2020, Chee temporarily relocated to South Korea to help take care of her grandparents. She continued to write remotely for Late Night.[9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Karen Chee on Twitter". Twitter. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b c Wharton, Molly (December 1, 2016). "Karen Chee". The Harvard Crimson. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b Wright, Megh (February 12, 2019). "How Karen Chee Landed Her Dream Job on Late Night With Seth Meyers". Vulture. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ a b Escandon, Rosa (November 20, 2018). "23-Year-Old Karen Chee Needs To Be Your New Comedy Obsession". Forbes. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ Chee, Karen. "Writing". Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ Yang, Rachel (January 7, 2019). "Karen Chee on Writing for the Golden Globes and Crying at Sandra Oh's 'Unabashedly Korean' Moment". Variety. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ Late Night with Seth Meyers (July 17, 2019). "What Does Millennial Late Night Writer Karen Chee Know: PalmPilots, Oasis". YouTube. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Karen Chee". Karen Chee. Retrieved July 25, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Karen Chee's Favorite Quarantine Comedian Is Her Mom". October 19, 2020.

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