Joe Wong is a Korean Chinese-American comedian and chemical engineer. He was born to a Korean Chinese family 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.
Joe 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. 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, and appeared again on March 30, 2012. He returned to Late Show with Stephen Colbert on December 14, 2018.
On St. Patrick’s Day, 2010, he headlined the annual dinner hosted by the Radio and Television Correspondents’ Association.
On June 19, 2010, he placed first in the Third Annual Great American Comedy Festival.