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Helen Hong

Helen Hong

Actor, stand-up comedian, and presenter
Helen Hong
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Intro Actor, stand-up comedian, and presenter
Is Comedian Stand-up comedian Actor Internet personality Podcaster Radio personality Television presenter Television producer
From United States of America
Type Entertainment Film, TV, Stage & Radio Humor Internet
Gender female
Birth 7 July 1985, Los Angeles, USA
Age 35 years
Star sign Cancer
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Helen Hong (Korean: 헬렌 홍; born July 7, 1985) is an American standup comedian, actress, director, and producer. She has appeared in such works as Jane the Virgin, Parks and Recreation, and the Coen Brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis. She has a regular spot on NPR's Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me and hosts a trivia podcast called Go Fact Yourself. She formerly hosted the podcast Little Ethnic Girls. She has a recurring role on Nickelodeon's The Thundermans and had a recurring role as Mrs. Song in Starz's Blunt Talk. Hong is widely known for her comedic NowThis videos.

Early life

Hong was raised by her parents, both immigrants to New York City from Korea. She was raised on the East Coast but spent some time abroad in Korea as well.


Hong has stated that she wasn't a standup comedy fan before a random shot of inspiration prompted her to take standup classes at New York's Caroline's on Broadway. However, during the course of the class, she realized that standup was what she wanted to pursue as a career.

Hong has performed at The Laugh Factory, Bonkerz, The Hollywood Improv,, Zanies Comedy Club, Stir Crazy Comedy Club, Flappers Comedy Club, The Icehouse Comedy Club, the Mary D. Fisher Theatre, and numerous other venues.

Hong has performed at events such as the Sedona International Film Festival, the Punchlines & Pumps Comedy Show at the Potawatomi Hotel & Casino, the New York Underground Comedy Festival, and The Great American Comedy Festival.

Abroad, Hong has performed in Puerto Rico for Armed Services Entertainment.

Personal life

Hong considers herself a feminist and is a Bernie Sanders supporter.

Awards and recognition

  • In 2014, BuzzFeed named Hong as one of "18 Comedians Who Could Take Over The Late Show"
  • In 2011, The Huffington Post included her on their list "53 Of Our Favorite Female Comedians"
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 20 Feb 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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