Los Angeles, CA
Exec. Director - Kollaboration | Stand Up Comedian | Wedding MC&DJ
Laughter is medicine. My favorite thing in the world is bringing people together and making them laugh. Ever since I saw Eddie Murphy, Delirious and Johnny Carson every night, I wanted to be a comedian.
Growing up in Burbank I was one of the only Asians and I felt isolated. I dealt with it by becoming a comedian at school. When I transferred high schools to a private Christian high school, there were times I ate lunch alone. Not Fun. But God was shaping me to be sensitive and caring to anyone that’s alone or lonely.
My parents raised me with immense Korean pride and a lot of that was cultivated at church of all places. Korean churches are like exclusive country clubs with nice cars and gossip that would put make US weekly look tame.
In 1988, the Seoul Olympics took place and Korea pride was riding high even though Hyundai was known as one of the cheapest car companies in the world.
In April, 1992, four white cops that beat the ish out of Rodney King were acquitted and south central decided to unleash their fury on Koreatown and Koreatown was torched to the ground because a video of Soon Ja Du a Korean liquor store owner who shot Latasha Harlins a young black girl was repeatedly played over and over. Ktown was torched to the ground and we didn’t have a strong enough community and voice to protect us. Angela Oh and KW Lee emerged as our voice and Eddie Lee, a Korean American youth was shot and killed during the riots while protecting the stores. Ironically he was shot by another Korean who thought he was a looter.
In 2000 I founded a Korean talent show called Kollaboration and poured my blood, sweat, and tears into it. Some people were saying it wouldn’t last. Now we are in our tenth year and Kollaboration draws over 10,000 people annually in five cities; LA, Chicago, NY, Toronto, Atlanta, and Next year we will be in ten cities, including San Francisco, Seattle, Houston, Tulsa, and Washington DC.
In 2004, I met my partner for Kollaboration, Roy Choi who solidified it as a non profit organization and suggested we make it Pan Asian which was one of the best things that could have happened. Now Kollaboration is an Asian Pacific Islander movement.
In 2003 I moved to Ktown and lived with my best friend Mark Hong who was living in Ktown for awhile at the time and showed me what a different planet the suburbs and Ktown are. Those times in Koreatown will always be a huge part of my life. There is no place like Ktown LA. Everyone who lives there has a love/hate relationship.
In 2003 I tried out for open mic at The World Famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood and waited in line every week for hours before the owner gave me the hosting spot for Asian Nights. I hustled like a madman for three and half years and during that 175 week run, I brought over 10,000 people to the club, many of them seeing stand up comedy live for the first time. Since then, I have performed stand up comedy in over 40 universities across the United States. Some of my comedic inspirations: Brian Regan, Conan O’ Brien, Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappelle, Chris Rock, Tony Rock, Cedric The Entertainer, George Lopez, Jo Koy, Dane Cook, Bobby Lee, Russell Peters, Ellen Degeneres, Margaret Cho, Daniel Tosh, Jim Gaffigan, & countless others.
In 2007 I somehow became the Grand Prize Winner of the 2007 Uncle Clyde’s Comedy Cup at The Pasadena Icehouse sponsored by H2F Productions, which featured 100 comedians and I took first place!
My friends call me PK because PK stands for Paul Kim and Preacher’s Kid. (Preacher’s Kids = Problem Kids) I was born and raised in the rough streets of south central Burbank, California.
I’m the last of five kids and I’m definitely the black sheep of my family. I love my family and they are the reason why I am where I am today.
I grew up a skinny, nerdy kid and today I am married to my beautiful wife who is an attorney, I have a one year old son, Solomon, who is a little stud, I have close friends who are like my brothers, I’m part of Kollaboration, a powerful organization that is making a difference in the community, and I’m pursuing my dream in stand up comedy and I’m not stopping until my heart stops beating.
Not bad for a skinny, nerdy Korean kid from Burbank.
I am Korean American.
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