When Kristina Wong knocked down Josh Fischer in the now famous battle royal TV interview of the 2013 fall season, Phil Yu, the founder of the popular blog, Angry Asian Man wrote, “I don’t think they were quite ready for Kristina Wong. Nobody is.” He was right, because Kristina is not your typical stand-up comic, or movie extra lost in the background of an impending box-office failure, or a chorus-line showgirl waiting for her chance to play Miss Saigon. Nope, Kristina Wong is a provocatively fearless political satirist, performance artist, writer and social commentator who not only disturbs you into thinking about racism, the environment, gentrification, Asian fetish, among other concerns, but makes you laugh while doing so. From surviving a veggie-oil fuelled exploding pink Mercedes on the Los Angeles freeway—the incident inspired an entire production about climate change—to dissecting the Western Martyr Complex and global poverty; from crashing ethnic beauty pageants to raising the issues of depression and suicide among Asian-American women, Kristina blows the competition way with her intelligent humour and brassy-sassy “I-can-do-whatever-I-want!” attitude. She’s Kristina Wong, everyone. And she’s fierce.
Kristina Wong is a solo performer, writer and cultural commentator named “One of the Seven Funniest Eco-Comedians” by Mother Nature Network. She’s created five solo shows and one ensemble play that have toured all over the world at places that include the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland, Contact Theater in Manchester, UK, BGWMC in London, the Public Theater, REDCAT, Center Theater Group, La MaMa ETC, the Comedy Central Stage among dozens of others. Her most notable touring show, “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” looked at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and toured to over 40 venues since 2006. She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine and a guest on FXX’s “Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell,” Fusion TV, and Huffington Post Live. Kristina was an alumna commencement speaker at UCLA’s Department of English graduation. Her new show “The Wong Street Journal” looks at global poverty and premieres in 2015. She recently spent a month in Northern Uganda researching that show and recording “Mzungu Price” a rap album with local rappers.