Joel Kim Booster On Being Adopted By White Evangelical Midwesterners: “I Knew I Was Gay Before I Knew I Was Asian.”
by Dan Avery 4h ago Growing up gay in the Midwest isn’t easy. But when you’re an Asian kid adopted into a white, evangelical Christian family you’ve got to learn to laugh or you’ll cry. Fortunately Joel Kim Booster did just that: A rising star on the comedy scene, Booster just hosted his first Comedy Central stand-up special this weekend and is getting ready to drop his first album, Model Minority, on November 3. Unsurprisingly, much of his comedy comes from his cross-cultural upbringing: “As you can imagine, it was a little weird growing up in the Midwest with this face and that family,” he told Splitsider. “I literally knew I was gay before I knew I was Asian.” Comedy Central Adding to that sense of isolation was the fact that Booster was homeschooled until he was 16. “My parents… didn’t want me knowing about sex or evolution. As a result, now I don’t know about states, either. I recently had to ask a friend, ’What is Oklahoma?’” Though he’s appeared on Conan, written for Billy on the Street, and has a development deal with Fox, Booster’s folks are ambivalent about his career. They appreciate his success but they’re
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