This issue of the A-Profiler, Nelson Wong interviews comedian Joe Nguyen.
How did you get started in stand-up comedy? Were you considered funny even as a child?
I don't think anyone considered me funny as a child, even when I tried to be. In high school I started getting some laughs among friends and that continued into college, where I realized that I enjoy entertaining people. I also felt like I had more unique jokes than most people. And at one point after watching a stand-up video I thought, "I can do that."
You grew up in Georgia, did that shape any of your comedy today? Has your Vietnamese and Jewish background brought any unique perspectives into your comedy?
Well, I certainly say "y'all" more than your average California comedian. All of that stuff shaped me in some way into who I am, and it also gives me license to make any kind of observational joke about those cultures. So sometimes I'll have jokes about my personal experience as an Asian or a Jew, and other