Joel Kim Booster

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Joel Kim Booster
Born Kim Joon
(1988-02-25) February 25, 1988 (age 33)
Jeju City, South Korea
Occupation Comedian, actor, writer
Years active 2010 – present

Joel Kim Booster is a Brooklyn-based American actor, stand-up comedian and writer. Esquire named him on its list of "The 10 Comedians to Watch in 2017".[1]

Early life

Booster was born in Jeju City, South Korea as Kim Joon. He was adopted by an American couple when he was three months old and moved to Plainfield, Illinois. He was homeschooled until age 16 when he enrolled at Plainfield Central High School. As a young teenager, his goal was to become a youth pastor;[2] however, at age 17 he came out as gay and moved out of his parents' house.[3]


He first began acting at Plainfield Central High School and then earned a bachelor's degree in theater from Millikin University. After graduating from Millikin in 2010, he moved to Chicago to jumpstart his acting career.[4] He authored the 2013 play Kate and Sam Are Not Breaking Up which premiered in Chicago at The New Colony.[5] The same year, he wrote and acted in the web series Kam Kardashian about Kim Kardashian's fictional estranged sister Kam.[6]

In 2014, Booster moved to New York City to start a career in stand-up comedy. In 2016, he performed at the Just for Laughs festival in Montreal and was named one of their "New Faces of Comedy".[7] In 2016, he performed his stand-up routine on Conan[8] and appeared as a guest on The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. In 2017, his stand-up special aired on Comedy Central.[9] His Model Minority comedy album is scheduled for release by Comedy Central Records on November 3, 2017.[10][11] Booster's upcoming projects also include a semi-autobiographical television series Birthright that is in development by Fox.[12]


Year Title Role Notes
2015 "Pillows" Adam Short film
2017 And They Call It Puppy Love Craig
Year Title Role Notes
2013 Kam Kardashian Joel Also served as a writer
2013 Funemployed Charlie/backup dancer Web series
2016 The Outs Greg Episode: "Now That You Are Mine"
2016 Conan Himself 1 episode
2016 The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail Himself Episode: "The One with Tiny"
2017 @midnight Himself 1 episode
2017 Manners Men Himself 1 episode
2017 Full Frontal with Samantha Bee Himself Episode: "Not the White House Correspondents' Dinner"
2017 Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents Himself Half-hour comedy special


  • Model Minority (November 3, 2017)



  1. Zemler, Emily (February 16, 2017). "The 10 Comedians to Watch in 2017". Esquire. 
  2. Aber, Ian (September 26, 2017). "Comic Joel Kim Booster refuses to be ‘less gay’ at Red Clay Fest". Project Q Atlanta. 
  3. Viau, Scott (December 9, 2016). "Plainfield Native Talks Stand-Up Comedy, New TV Show". Patch Media. 
  4. Lisser, Dane (June 29, 2016). "Millikin graduate making a name in stand-up comedy". Millikin University. 
  5. Metz, Nina (November 20, 2013). "New Colony takes on the 'Twihard' fan culture". Chicago Tribune. 
  6. Gillespie, Tyler (January 8, 2015). "10 Comedians You Need to Know". Paper. 
  7. Wright, Megh (July 25, 2016). "Just For Laughs Chooses Its 2016 New Faces". Splitsider. 
  8. Goodman, Elyssa (October 20, 2017). "Joel Kim Booster's Tough Journey from Closeted Gay Kid to 'Model Minority'". Vice. 
  9. Wright, Tolly (October 18, 2017). "Joel Kim Booster on his comedic style and new Comedy Central stand-up special". AM New York. 
  10. Lopez, Kristina (October 7, 2017). "Joel Kim Booster Shares The Evolution Of A Great Pony Joke". WUNC 91.5. 
  11. Czajkowski, Elise (July 6, 2017). "Comedy in NYC This Week". New York Times. 
  12. Andreeva, Nellie (December 6, 2016). "Joel Kim Booster To Topline Fox Comedy Project ‘Birthright’ Inspired By His Life". Deadline. 
  13. "Boho Theatre and Oracle Productions Top Nominees In Non-Equity Jeff Awards 41st Season". Jeff Awards. April 21, 2014. 

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