Every day during the month of June, we will be spotlighting our 2019 Logo30. This powerful series profiles ordinary and extraordinary people who show pride in unique and provocative ways. Visit the Logo30 homepage to learn more about the series.
Comedian, writer, and actor Joel Kim Booster has made a name for himself by exploring his identity and sharing his stories with unabashed openness—and making audiences double over laughing in the process. He began his career in Chicago and moved on to New York City in 2014. He gained national attention with appearances on The Late Late Show with James Corden and Conan, followed by his own Comedy Central Stand-Up Presents in 2017, and his debut stand up album Model Minority. He’s also written for shows like Big Mouth, Billy on the Street, and The Other Two.
“My work really allows me to express pride in a lot of different ways. I’m telling my own story on stage through stand up. It gives me license to speak without a filter in ways that I probably wouldn’t in everyday life,” Booster tells Logo.
“I think my work as a comedian and as a writer is anti-shame, which is sort of the definition of pride in a lot of ways. Not being ashamed of who I am, where I came from, what I do, and talking about that onstage allows me to show pride in all of that.”
Watch Logo’s full interview with Booster below.