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Joe Wong: A Chinese American comedian

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Crosstalks are among the most popular forms of entertainment during the Chinese New Year holidays. But one comedian is bringing Chinese humour to the United States.

Joe Wong was born and raised in China. He went to the US in 1994 to study and began to perform comedy in 2001. Since then he's been bringing in the crowds with his uniquely Chinese sense of humour.

This is an ordinary club in the center of Boston. Here, Joe Wong gave his first performance ten years ago and won a lot of applause. From then on, his stand-up comedy career started. Now, he performs each week.

Every morning, after sending his kid to school, Joe Wong comes to this cafeteria at Harvard Square to drink coffee, and write jokes. He hasn't gone back to China for more than ten years, but Wong still remembers how he celebrated the Chinese Lunar New Year when he was a child.

Joe Wong said, "I miss frozen pears in my hometown in northeast China. I remember that my younger brother and I saved money for a whole year and spent all of them on firecrackers. And on the first day of the New Year, we always went to streets to find un-lighted firecrackers and light them again. In northeast China, we had a tradition, that is entering into neighbor's room at the early morning, while they were still asleep."

As a Chinese, Wong always brings Chinese humor into his American-style stand-up, and this unique style brought him success. In 2010, at the 66th Annual Radio and Television Correspondence Dinner, his jokes even won the appreciation of the Vice President of the United States, Joe Biden. In the same year, he was named Boston Comedian of the year. Meanwhile, he has become one of the favorite guests of David Letterman, having made multiple appearances on his show.

Wong used to say that the failure rate is stupendous, but you never know until you try it. Now, with numerous awards he has won in stand-up comedy, Wong proved that he made it.


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