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Our Top 27 Favorite Asian Comedians

Asian comedians are a diverse group of performers who bring their unique perspectives and experiences to the comedy world. They come from various cultural backgrounds, including East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian, and Middle Eastern. Some draw on their immigrant experiences to highlight cultural differences and find humor in navigating life in a new country. Others use comedy to challenge stereotypes and highlight important social issues. These comedians are known for their sharp wit, clever wordplay, and ability to find humor in unexpected places. They have made a significant impact on the comedy industry, both in their home countries and around the world, and continue to break new ground and push boundaries with their work.

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Bobby Lee

Bobby Lee

Robert Lee Jr. is an Asian-American comedian and actor known for his stand-up comedy performances and appearances in television shows and films.

Lee has performed on various comedy stages and festivals, including the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and the Comedy Central Stage in Los Angeles. He has also appeared on several television shows, including "Last Comic Standing," "The Arsenio Hall Show," and "Comics Unleashed."

In addition to his comedy career, Lee has also acted in various television shows and films, including "The Newsroom," "Lethal Weapon 4," and "The Karate Kid, Part III."

Lee has gained a following for his unique blend of comedy that often touches on his experiences growing up as an Asian-American and the challenges he has faced in the entertainment industry.

Randall Park

Randall Park

Park began his career in the mid-2000s as a writer and performer on the sketch comedy show "Channel 101." He then went on to make numerous appearances on television shows, including "The Office," "Veep," and "Curb Your Enthusiasm." In 2015, he began starring in the ABC sitcom "Fresh Off the Boat," which was based on the life of chef and food personality Eddie Huang.

Park has also acted in several films, including "The Interview," "Snatched," and "Aquaman." He is also known for his role as Agent Jimmy Woo in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film "Ant-Man and the Wasp."

In addition to his acting career, Park is also a writer and director. He co-wrote and starred in the 2019 romantic comedy film "Always Be My Maybe," which was loosely based on his own experiences growing up as an Asian-American in the San Francisco Bay Area. The film received critical acclaim for its representation of Asian-American characters and culture.

Russell Peters

Russell Peters

Russell Peters is a Canadian stand-up comedian, actor, and producer. He is known for his observational humor that often focuses on his experiences as an Indian-Canadian.

Peters began his career in the late 1980s performing at comedy clubs in Toronto. He gained national recognition in Canada in the early 2000s, and in 2004 he released his first stand-up special, "Outsourced." The special was a huge success and led to a worldwide tour and subsequent specials, including "Red, White and Brown" and "The Green Card Tour."

Peters has also acted in several films and television shows, including "Chef," "The Jungle Book," and "The Indian Detective." He has hosted several awards shows, including the Juno Awards and the Gemini Awards, and has also produced and hosted his own comedy series, "Russell Peters Presents."

Peters is known for his ability to connect with audiences of different backgrounds and to bring greater visibility to the experiences of South Asian comedians in the entertainment industry. He has been praised for his ability to use humor to address serious social and political issues and to break down stereotypes and cultural barriers.

Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani is a Pakistani-American comedian, actor, and writer who is best known for his role in the HBO series "Silicon Valley" and for co-writing and starring in the critically acclaimed film "The Big Sick."

Nanjiani began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing at clubs and festivals across the United States. He gained national recognition for his role on "Silicon Valley" from 2014 to 2019, and he has also acted in several films, including "The Lovebirds," "Stuber," and "Men in Black: International."

In addition to his work in acting, Nanjiani has also been a writer and producer on several television shows, including "Portlandia" and "The Twilight Zone." He co-wrote "The Big Sick" with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, which was based on their real-life experiences and received widespread critical acclaim.

Nanjiani's comedy often explores his experiences as a Pakistani-American, as well as broader issues of identity, culture, and society. He has been praised for his ability to use humor to address serious social and political issues, including racism and discrimination.

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj

Hasan Minhaj is an Indian-American comedian, actor, writer, and television host who is best known for his work on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and his own Netflix show "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj."

Minhaj began his career in comedy in the mid-2000s, performing at clubs and festivals across the United States. He gained national recognition for his work as a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" from 2014 to 2018, and he has also appeared in several films and television shows, including "The Spy Who Dumped Me" and "The Morning Show."

In 2018, Minhaj launched his own weekly comedy show on Netflix, "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj," which combines comedy with in-depth analysis of political and social issues. The show has been praised for its unique approach to news and its emphasis on underrepresented stories and voices.

Awkwafina

Awkwafina

Awkwafina, whose real name is Nora Lum, is an American actress, rapper, comedian, and writer. She was born in New York City to a Chinese-American father and a South Korean mother. Awkwafina first gained popularity in 2012 when her comedic rap song, "My Vag," went viral on YouTube.

Since then, she has appeared in a number of movies and TV shows, including "Ocean's 8," "Crazy Rich Asians," "The Farewell," and "Nora from Queens," a TV series that she created and stars in. Awkwafina has also hosted "Saturday Night Live" and has been a guest on several talk shows, including "The Tonight Show" and "The Ellen Show."

Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang

Sheng Wang is a Taiwanese-American comedian and actor. He was born in Taiwan and raised in Houston, Texas.

Wang began his career in comedy in San Francisco and later moved to New York City, where he performed at comedy clubs such as the Comedy Cellar and the Upright Citizens Brigade. He has also performed at several comedy festivals, including the Just For Laughs festival in Montreal and the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland.

Wang has made several television appearances, including on "Fresh Off the Boat," "2 Broke Girls," and "The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon." He has also released a comedy album called "Cornucopias Are Actually Horrible Containers."

Joel Kim Booster

Joel Kim Booster

Joel Kim Booster is a Korean-American comedian, writer, and actor. He was born on August 3, 1988, in South Korea and raised in the United States.

Booster began his career in comedy in Chicago, performing stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs and theaters. He has since appeared on several television shows, including "The Late Late Show with James Corden," "Conan," and "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah."

In addition to his comedy work, Booster is also a writer and has written for several television shows, including "Big Mouth" and "Shrill." He has also acted in several films and television shows, including "Search Party" and "The Other Two."

Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero

Eugene Cordero is a Filipino-American comedian, actor, and writer. He was born on May 12, 1986, in Detroit, Michigan, and raised in New Jersey.

Cordero began his comedy career in New York City, performing improvisational comedy with the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre. He has since appeared on several television shows, including "Parks and Recreation," "The Good Place," and "Medical Police." He also co-starred in the Netflix series "Waffles + Mochi" and was a cast member on the Comedy Central sketch series "Kroll Show."

In addition to his acting work, Cordero is also a writer and has written for several television shows, including "Brooklyn Nine-Nine" and "The Good Place." He also co-created and starred in the comedy web series "The Dumbbells."

Ali Wong

Ali Wong

Ali Wong is an American comedian, writer, and actress who is known for her stand-up comedy specials, television shows, and films.

Wong gained national recognition in 2016 with her Netflix stand-up special "Ali Wong: Baby Cobra," which she filmed while seven months pregnant. The special received critical acclaim and helped to catapult Wong's career.

Since then, Wong has released several more stand-up specials on Netflix, including "Hard Knock Wife" and "Ali Wong: Baby Cobra 2," and has starred in several television shows and films, including "American Housewife," "Birds of Prey," and "Always Be My Maybe," which she co-wrote and starred in.

Wong often uses her stand-up comedy to discuss topics such as motherhood, marriage, and Asian-American identity, and she is known for her frank and unapologetic humor. She has been praised for her ability to tackle sensitive topics with humor and to bring more visibility to Asian-American women in the entertainment industry.

Jimmy O. Yang

Jimmy O. Yang

Jimmy O. Yang is a Chinese-American actor, comedian, and writer who is known for his roles in the television show "Silicon Valley" and the film "Crazy Rich Asians."

Yang began his career as a stand-up comedian, performing at various comedy clubs and venues. He then went on to make numerous appearances on television shows, including "The Arsenio Hall Show," "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," and "The Pete Holmes Show." In 2014, he was cast in the HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," which ran for six seasons.

Yang has also acted in several films, including "The Internship," "Crazy Rich Asians," and "Fantasy Island." In addition, he has written a book about his experiences as an immigrant in America, titled "How to American: An Immigrant's Guide to Disappointing Your Parents."

Yang is known for his comedy that often touches on his experiences as an immigrant and an Asian-American. He has been praised for his ability to bring greater visibility to the experiences of Asian-American comedians and actors in the entertainment industry.

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho

Margaret Cho is a Korean-American comedian, actress, and singer-songwriter who is known for her frank and controversial humor that often touches on issues of race, gender, and sexuality.

Cho began her career in the 1990s as a stand-up comedian, and she quickly gained a following for her edgy and provocative material. In 1994, she created and starred in her own television series, "All-American Girl," which was the first sitcom to feature an Asian-American family as the central characters. The show was short-lived, but it helped to pave the way for greater diversity in television.

Cho has continued to perform stand-up comedy and has released several comedy albums, including "Drunk with Power" and "Cho Dependent." She has also acted in numerous films and television shows, including "30 Rock," "Drop Dead Diva," and "Face/Off."

In addition to her work in comedy, Cho is also an advocate for LGBT rights and has been vocal about her own experiences as a survivor of sexual abuse. She has written several books, including her memoir "I'm the One That I Want," and she has released several music albums.

Cho is known for her fearless and irreverent approach to comedy, and she has been praised for her willingness to tackle controversial topics and push boundaries. She has been a trailblazer for Asian-American representation in the entertainment industry and has inspired a generation of comedians and performers.

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne

Steve Byrne is a Korean-American comedian, actor, and writer who is best known for his work in stand-up comedy and as the creator and star of the TBS sitcom "Sullivan & Son."

Byrne began his career in comedy in the late 1990s, performing at clubs and festivals across the United States. He gained national recognition with his Comedy Central special "Steve Byrne: Happy Hour" in 2008, and he has also released several comedy albums, including "Champion" and "Tell the Damn Joke."

In addition to his work in stand-up comedy, Byrne has also acted in several films and television shows, including "The Dilemma," "Couples Retreat," and "Four Christmases." He created and starred in the TBS sitcom "Sullivan & Son" from 2012 to 2014, which was praised for its diverse cast and representation of working-class America.

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling

Mindy Kaling is an Indian-American actress, comedian, writer, producer, and director. She is best known for her roles as Kelly Kapoor on the television series "The Office" and as Mindy Lahiri on "The Mindy Project," a show that she also created, wrote, and produced.

Kaling began her career in comedy in the mid-2000s, performing with the improvisational comedy troupe, "The Groundlings." She gained national recognition for her work as a writer, producer, and actress on the NBC sitcom "The Office" from 2005 to 2013.

In addition to her television work, Kaling has appeared in several films, including "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," "No Strings Attached," and "Ocean's 8." She has also written several bestselling books, including "Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns)" and "Why Not Me?"

Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang

Bowen Yang is a Chinese-American actor, comedian, and writer. He was born on November 6, 1990, in Brisbane, Australia, and grew up in Denver, Colorado. Yang is best known as a featured player on "Saturday Night Live" (SNL), where he joined the cast in 2019.

Before joining SNL, Yang worked as a writer and performer for Comedy Central and BuzzFeed. He also co-hosted the Las Culturistas podcast with Matt Rogers and appeared in several web series, including "Broad City" and "High Maintenance."

Atsuko Okatsuka

Atsuko Okatsuka

Atsuko Okatsuka is a Japanese-American comedian, actress, and writer. She was born in Japan and raised in the United States.

Okatsuka began her career in comedy in Los Angeles, performing stand-up comedy and improv at various comedy clubs and theaters. She has also appeared in several films and television shows, including "The Owl House" on Disney Channel and the film "Lazor Wulf."

In addition to her comedy work, Okatsuka is also a writer and director. She wrote and directed the short film "The Pigeon" and the web series "Let's Talk About Something More Interesting."

Nigel Ng

Nigel Ng

Nigel Ng is a Malaysian-Chinese comedian, actor, and writer. He was born on September 14, 1989, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Ng began his comedy career in the UK, where he now resides, performing stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs and festivals. He has since gained popularity through his YouTube channel, "Uncle Roger," where he critiques cooking videos with a comedic twist. His video on BBC Food's egg fried rice recipe went viral in 2020, garnering millions of views and media attention.

In addition to his YouTube success, Ng has also appeared on several television shows, including "Mock the Week" and "Stand Up Central." He has also written and starred in his own comedy web series, "Nigel Ng's Culture Shocked."

Maya Erskine

Maya Erskine

Maya Erskine is an American actress, writer, and producer. She was born on May 7, 1987, in Los Angeles, California.

Erskine began her career in the entertainment industry as an actress, appearing in several films and television shows, including "Insecure," "Man Seeking Woman," and "Casual." However, she gained widespread recognition for her role in the Hulu comedy series "PEN15," which she co-created, co-wrote, and co-produced with Anna Konkle.

In "PEN15," Erskine plays a fictionalized version of herself as a middle school student in the year 2000, alongside Konkle, who plays another middle school student. The show received critical acclaim for its humor, nostalgia, and portrayal of the awkwardness of adolescence.

Jo Koy

Jo Koy

Jo Koy is a Filipino-American comedian, actor, and writer who is known for his stand-up comedy specials and appearances on television shows and films.

Koy began his career in comedy in the 1990s, performing at various comedy clubs and venues. He gained national recognition in 2005 when he was a finalist on the talent competition show "Last Comic Standing." Since then, he has released several successful stand-up specials, including "Don't Make Him Angry" and "Lights Out."

Koy has also made numerous appearances on television shows, including "Chelsea Lately," "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," and "The Adam Carolla Show." He has also acted in several films, including "The Other Guys" and "Elevator."

Koy is known for his observational humor, which often focuses on his experiences as a Filipino-American, his family, and his childhood. He has been praised for his ability to connect with audiences of different backgrounds and to bring greater visibility to the experiences of Asian-American comedians in the entertainment industry.

Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng

Ronny Chieng is a Malaysian-born Australian comedian, actor, and writer who is known for his work on "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" and the film "Crazy Rich Asians."

Chieng began his career in comedy in Australia, performing stand-up comedy and making appearances on television shows. In 2015, he was named "Best Newcomer" at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He then went on to perform at various comedy festivals and venues around the world, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal.

In 2015, Chieng joined the cast of "The Daily Show with Trevor Noah" as a correspondent. He has since become a regular contributor to the show and has gained a following for his humorous takes on news and current events.

Chieng has also acted in several films and television shows, including "Crazy Rich Asians," "Godzilla vs. Kong," and "Ronny Chieng: International Student," a comedy series based on his own experiences as a Malaysian student studying in Australia.

Chieng is known for his humor that often touches on his experiences as an immigrant and an Asian-Australian. He has been praised for his ability to use comedy to address serious social and political issues and to bring greater visibility to Asian voices in the entertainment industry.

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari

Aziz Ansari is an American actor, comedian, writer, and director who is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the television series "Parks and Recreation" and his stand-up comedy specials.

Ansari began his career in stand-up comedy in the early 2000s, and he gained national recognition with his role on "Parks and Recreation" from 2009 to 2015. He has also acted in several films, including "Funny People," "30 Minutes or Less," and "Master of None," which he also created, wrote, and directed.

As a stand-up comedian, Ansari has released several comedy specials, including "Intimate Moments for a Sensual Evening," "Dangerously Delicious," and "Buried Alive." He has been praised for his humorous takes on relationships, technology, and modern life, and he has won multiple awards for his comedy, including a Primetime Emmy for "Master of None."

Ansari has also been an advocate for greater representation and inclusivity in the entertainment industry, particularly for people of color and women. He has spoken out about issues of diversity and has used his platform to promote underrepresented voices.

Ansari's comedy often touches on issues of race, ethnicity, and cultural identity, and he has been praised for his ability to use humor to address serious social and political issues. He has been a trailblazer for South Asian representation in the entertainment industry and has inspired a new generation of comedians and performers.

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong

Ken Jeong is a Korean-American comedian, actor, and physician who is best known for his roles in the films "The Hangover," "Crazy Rich Asians," and the television series "Community."

Jeong began his career in comedy in the late 1990s, performing at clubs and festivals across the United States. He gained national recognition for his role as Mr. Chow in the hit film "The Hangover" in 2009, and he has since appeared in several other films and television shows, including "Community," "Dr. Ken," and "Crazy Rich Asians."

In addition to his work in entertainment, Jeong is also a licensed physician who practiced medicine before pursuing a career in comedy. He has used his medical background in several of his comedic roles, including in the television series "Dr. Ken," which he created, wrote, and starred in.

Henry Cho

Henry Cho

Henry Cho is a Korean-American comedian and actor who is best known for his clean, family-friendly stand-up comedy. Cho was born and raised in Knoxville, Tennessee, and began his career as a comedian in the late 1980s.

Cho has released several comedy albums and has appeared on numerous television shows, including "The Arsenio Hall Show," "The Tonight Show," and "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson." He has also appeared in several films, including "Material Girls" and "Say It Isn't So."

In addition to his work in comedy, Cho has also been an advocate for greater representation of Asian Americans in the entertainment industry. He has spoken out about the challenges faced by Asian American performers and has worked to promote diversity and inclusivity in the industry.

Dayo Wong

Dayo Wong

Dayo Wong (also known as Wong Tze-wah) is a Hong Kong actor, comedian, and writer. He was born on August 5, 1960, in Hong Kong.

Wong began his career as a stand-up comedian in the 1980s and later transitioned to acting in television dramas and films. He is best known for his comedic roles and his ability to improvise on stage.

Wong has starred in several popular television dramas, including "The Four Detective Guards," "War of the Genders," and "To Catch the Uncatchable." He has also appeared in films such as "The God of Cookery" and "The Love Undercover series."

In addition to his acting career, Wong has also written and produced several comedy shows, including "Super Trio" and "The Dayo Wong Show." He is known for his sharp wit and satirical humor.

Phil Wang

Phil Wang

Phil Wang is a British comedian, writer, and actor. He was born on January 17, 1990, in Stoke-on-Trent, England, and raised in Malaysia and Bath, England.

Wang began his comedy career while studying at the University of Cambridge, where he was a member of the Footlights comedy troupe. He has since performed stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs and festivals in the UK and internationally, including the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Wang has appeared on several television shows, including "Live at the Apollo," "Taskmaster," and "Have I Got News for You." He has also written for and appeared in the sketch comedy show "Daphne Sounds Expensive" on BBC Radio 4.

Michael Yo

Michael Yo

Michael Yo is a Korean-American comedian, actor, and television host. He was born on November 20, 1974, in Houston, Texas, and raised in Los Angeles, California.

Yo began his comedy career in 2003, performing stand-up comedy at various comedy clubs and festivals. He has since appeared on several television shows, including "Chelsea Lately," "The Daily 10," and "The Insider." He was also a correspondent on "The Ellen DeGeneres Show" and a co-host on the talk show "The Real."

In addition to his comedy work, Yo has also acted in films and television shows, including "The Hangover Part II" and "Kevin Can Wait." He has also hosted several reality TV shows, including "The Yo Show" on Yahoo! and "YO on E!" on the E! network.

Patti Harrison

Patti Harrison

Harrison began her career in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, performing in comedy clubs and festivals across the country. She has since become a well-known figure in the comedy world, known for her sharp wit and her ability to find humor in sensitive topics.

Harrison has also appeared in several television shows and films, including "Shrill," "Search Party," and "Together Together." She has also written for television, including the series "Big Mouth."

Harrison is an advocate for LGBTQ+ rights and uses her platform to speak out against discrimination and promote inclusivity. She has been recognized for her work as a comedian and activist, including being named one of Variety's "10 Comics to Watch" in 2019 and being awarded the "Voice of a Generation" award at the New York Comedy Festival in 2020.

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