If you’re a fan of comedy, then you’ve got to have come across the 15 of Asia’s funniest and most effective comedians. Hong Kong, Japan, South Korea, Thailand – every country has its unique style of humor. So, which Asian standup comedians are the real legends? You might be perplexed to find out that these wonderfully talented individuals are not only famous in their native countries but around the world too!
Our site analyzes 15 comedians who are known worldwide. It is widely known that Asians make the best comedy. Have you ever seen an American stand-up comedian who is famous? The whole world loves to laugh, and Asia is no different. These great comics performed in Asia, the U.S., and Canada. And they have been featured on various media platforms.
Here you will find 15 of the best Asian stand-up comedians who are famous worldwide and not just restricted to their locality or country. They perform in English or translated into English for worldwide audiences. These Asian comedians have influenced people all over the globe, more specifically American, with their humor and comedy style that is unique to people in Asia.
1. Bobby Lee
|Medium:||Stand-up, film, television, podcast|
|Born:||September 17, 1971 (age 49)|
|Full Name:||Robert Lee Jr.|
Bobby Lee is a standup comedian, actor, and host of the TBS comedy pawn show. He’s a frequent guest star on TBS’ Sullivan and Son and Tosh.0 and How to Be a Grownup, debuting season two on Comedy Central in May 2013. Bobby’s been featured in film roles such as Kung Pow: Enter the Fist, The Dukes of Hazzard, Bubble Boy, Crank 2 High Voltage, and star in General Hospital. He was recently seen in the comedy special “Bobby Lee Live from Austin, TX” for Netflix. He has appeared on shows like “Mad T.V.” and “Parks & Recreation.” He was also featured in several movies, including Adam Sandler’s animated comedy “The Longest Yard” and most recently in Netflix’s award-winning series “House of Cards.”
2. Jo Koy
|Born:||June 2, 1971 (age 50)|
|Full Name:||Joseph Glenn Herbert|
Nominated one of the Top 10 Comics to Watch by many people, Jo Koy is a standup comedian currently starring in his semi-scripted television series on T.V. Land. The Filipino American comic is known for its one-liners and quirky observations. Jo Koy has been on stage for nearly 20 years, touring and headlining comedy clubs from L.A. to New York to Dubai. He’s released hit comedy specials (Jo Koy: Live from Seattle and Jo Koy: Live From the Honda Stage) and partnered with fellow comedians Eric Andre and Rob Schneider in an alternative-comedy supergroup called the 14K’s.
3. Ali Wong
|Occupation:||Comedian, actress, writer|
|Born:||April 19, 1982 (age 39)|
|Full Name:||Alexandra Dawn “Ali” Wong|
Ali Wong is a stand up comedian and writer for the hit television show Fresh Off The Boat. A new full-length album is set to release 12/13/2015 with Phil Rosenthal’s Company which describes itself as a comedy machine working on behalf of the world. Comedian, television writer and actor Ali Wong bursts into the mainstream with her offbeat style and delivery. She has made guest appearances on late-night talk shows and hosted an episode of the Food Network’s “Thirsty For…,” which explores how different cities feel about one another. Her self-titled comedy special released on Netflix in February 2017 earned her a nomination for a Primetime Emmy Award and garnered high praise from her contemporaries.
4. Randall Park
|Occupation:||Actor, comedian, writer|
|Born:||March 23, 1974 (age 47)|
|Full Name:||Randall Park|
Randall Park is a Korean-American actor and standup comedian. His work includes the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat, for which he was nominated for a Critics’ Choice Television Award for Best Actor in a Comedy Series. This Asian-American comic, actor and filmmaker Randall Park began regularly performing standup around 1997. Born in Los Angeles to South Korean parents, he attended Harvard University and now resides in New York City. He has appeared on numerous programs, including US TV shows such as The Office, Sesame Street, Franklin & Bash, Drunk History, Delocated; Canadian T.V. shows such as Slings and Arrows, Kim’s Convenience and How I Met Your Mother; as well as numerous radio programs like NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, WNYC’s comedy series 2 Dope Queens and the Arsenio Hall Show.
5. Jimmy O. Yang
|Occupation:||Actor, stand-up comedian|
|Born:||June 11, 1987 (age 34)|
|Full Name:||Jimmy O. Yang|
Jimmy O. Yang is a Chinese-American comedian and actor. He is revived for his recurring role as Jian Yang in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. Some of his credits include the roles of Bernard Tai in Crazy Rich Asians, Randy Chu in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, Jianyu Li / “Convenience Store” Clerk at The End of the Tour, and Lister Choy in Office Christmas Party, which was his first major film role, occurring shortly before Superstore. Jimmy O. Yang is mostly known for being a successful translator and entrepreneur in HBO’s Silicon Valley. He has appeared in numerous movies and even has a few lines on Jimmy Kimmel Live. More importantly, he played himself.
6. Russell Peters
|Medium:||Stand-up, television, film, radio, books|
|Born:||September 29, 1970 (age 50)|
|Full Name:||Russell Dominic Peters|
Russell Peters is the hottest and most successful comedian in the country. He has enthralled audiences worldwide with his universal observations about race, language, family, and terror. He is now confirmed for a record-breaking 29 shows at The Air Canada Center in Toronto this November. His last tour sold out 38 of 40 shows in Montreal’s Bell Centre, earning over 17 million dollars. A self-described “brown man,” Russell Peters, a Canadian-born comedian, melds Indian culture with conventional ethnic stereotypes. As he puts it in his book, “I’m an equal opportunity offender.” His standup comedians are crowd-pleasers because they are hilarious, unscripted, and based on his experiences with various people.
7. Aziz Ansari
|Medium:||Stand-up, television, film, books|
|Born:||February 23, 1983 (age 38)|
|Full Name:||Aziz Ismail Ansari|
Aziz Ansari is a comedian, actor, author, and master of modern romance. He grew up in Bennettsville, South Carolina. He attended NYU Film School, where he made short films and won the prestigious Vossler Award. In 2007, he created and starred in the hit MTV sketch comedy series Human Giant, which ran for two seasons. He has since appeared in several films, including Funny People, directed by Judd Apatow, which he also co-wrote. His book “Modern Romance: An Investigation” was released in June of 2015 and debuted at #1 in New York.
8. Kumail Nanjiani
|Medium:||Comedian, actor, screenwriter|
|Full Name:||Kumail Ali Nanjiani|
Kumail Nanjiani started doing stand-up when he was 17, but it wasn’t until the 2000s that his career started to take off. After moving from Pakistan to the U.S. at the age of nine and spending time as a taxi driver, Kumail developed an interest in comedy around 20 and began taking classes. The more he inquired, the more he realized that comedy was what he was meant to do. Fast forward to 2007, a few years after moving to LA: Kumail’s big break came in the form of a recording session with HBO for a new show. He has appeared on HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” Comedy Central’s “Frankie & Grace,” “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues.”
9. Margaret Cho
|Medium:||Stand-up television film|
|Born:||December 5, 1968 (age 52)|
|Full Name:||Margaret Moran Cho|
Margaret Cho is a standup comedian, fashion designer, author, singer-songwriter, and actress. She rose to prominence as part of the groundbreaking sketch comedy show, In Living Color. Cho’s standup blends satire, social criticism, and comedy with observations on her ethnicity and unconventional family history. She has starred in her T.V. sitcoms, primetime shows, and specials. Margaret Cho has been nominated for awards in music, television, and film. She won awards for Best Female Comedian from the American Comedy Awards in 1996 and 2000 and was also nominated for Soap Opera Digest Awards in 2002. Comedy, for Margaret Cho, is an act of healing. In high school, she was stuck up because of her sexuality and has dealt with other demons—depression, suicidal urges—her whole life.
10. Steve Byrne
|Born:||July 21, 1974 (age 46)|
|Full Name:||Steve Byrne|
Steve Byrne is a standup comedian who tours the country with sold-out shows and has appeared on The Tonight Show, Late Night with David Letterman, and HBO’s Funny or Die Presents. He’s a regular guest on The Bob & Tom Show on radio, seen weekly in select markets nationwide. He has a great delivery and a very dry sense of humor. One of the most popular stand-up comics working today with several appearances on The Tonight Show, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Comedy Central Presents, Comedy Central Roasts, and Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy series. From being the face of Verizon Wireless’s “Funny” commercials to his unforgettable role as “Office Tim” on HBO’s THE OFFICE, Steve Byrne has proven himself as one of the best comics in entertainment today.
11. Ronny Chieng
|Medium:||Stand-up, radio, television|
|Born:||21 November 1985 (age 35)|
|Full Name:||Ronny Xin Yi Chieng|
Ronny Chieng is a comedian. He’s originally from Malaysia but now lives in New York City. He’s performed worldwide, and he has a new comedy special coming out on Netflix. Ronny hosted The Daily Show as host from December 2015 until August 2017, when he left to focus on his standup and other projects. You may recognize him as a correspondent on The Daily Show, but Ronny Chieng has been shaking up the stage with his energetic and probing standup routines. With equal parts intelligence and absurdity, Ronny delivers fast-paced commentary with a razor-sharp edge. His hard-hitting jokes explore topics from racism to religion to stereotypes with a unique perspective about growing up in a strict Malaysian household – while also throwing in his take on Pop culture and the fickle nature of fame.
12. Ken Jeong
|Medium:||Stand-up, film, television|
|Born:||July 13, 1969 (age 51)|
|Full Name:||Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong|
Ken Jeong is an actor, comedian, and former physician. Ken was born in Detroit, Michigan, for high school. Ken attended Harvard University, where he studied economics and graduated cum laude. After spending several years as a doctor in San Francisco, Ken moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in entertainment. Since then, he has appeared on numerous television programs and films, including Community, The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III. Actor, comedian, and doctor of medicine Ken Jeong rose to fame after his joint roles on the “Hangover” films and his role on the television series “Dr. Ken.” An actor with a unique sense of humor, he is known for his impersonations of celebrities such as Mark Zuckerberg and Steve Ballmer.
13. Hasan Minhaj
|Medium:||Stand-up, television, film|
|Born:||September 23, 1985 (age 35)|
|Full Name:||Hasan Minhaj|
Hasan Minhaj (aka Hammy) is a socio-political comedian from Davis, California. He attended the University of California, Davis, where he was active in the Middle Eastern Muslim community as both a writer and performer for the university’s award-winning humor magazine, Insight. There, he wrote about Muslims and Islam issues while also covering issues affecting students of all backgrounds. Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, performer, and writer based in Los Angeles. He started doing stand-up when he was 23 (although he’s been funny since the age of 4) and has since performed on Letterman, at Montreal Just for Laughs, San Francisco Sketchfest, New York Comedy Festival, SXSW, Bonnaroo, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, and more.
14. Jackie Chan
|Occupation:||Martial artist, actor, filmmaker, action choreographer, singer, stunt director, stunt performer|
|Born:||7 April 1954 (age 67)|
|Full Name:||Chan Kong-sang|
Jackie Chan is a Chinese-Hong Kong actor, film director, producer, martial artist, stuntman, and singer. He is known for his acrobatic struggle style, comic timing, improvised weapons, and innovative stunts in his movies. He is also a famous martial artist in Hong Kong. His parents were opera performers, and he grew up in an acrobatic family. He began his movie career as part of a stunt team providing gymnastic stunts and later became a movie star. Fifty years into a storied career, Jackie Chan is still the king of action-comedy. We talk to the man himself about how his martial arts films are made with such spit-on-the-floor intensity and how he keeps coming up with fresh ideas for them.
15. Mindy Kaling
|Medium:||Stand-up, television, film, books|
|Born:||June 24, 1979 (age 42)|
|Full Name:||Vera Mindy Chokalingam|
Mindy Kaling is an actress, a comedian, and a bestselling writer. You may know her from The Office, where she is practically the office goddess. Or from one of her many movies, because when it comes to comedy, Mindy can do no wrong. Or you may know her as that gorgeous woman who has made the color blackwork for her. After starting on The Office, Mindy Kaling has gone on to star in the movie “Date Night” and write, produce and star in her show on FOX called “The Mindy Project.” She also has a New York Times Best Selling Book called “Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?”
The stand-up comedy scene in Asia is relatively new, and thus newer comedians have not been rooted on the throne yet. Some Asian comedians have their names being recognized in the scene. By knowing these stand-up comedians, you can learn some of the region’s cultures, especially with these talented performers doing both standup comedy and acting. We have formulated a list of the 15 best Asian standup comedians you should follow if you want to be entertained.