Joel Alexander Kim Booster is an actor, comedian, producer, and writer from the United States who was born in South Korea. He helped make Big Mouth and The Other Two and wrote for them.
He has also been in Shrill, Search Party, and Sunnyside as an actor. In 2022, he wrote, produced, and starred in the Hulu romantic comedy Fire Island. It was a modern take on Pride and Prejudice with the main cast of Asian American actors.
Early Years and Education
Booster was born Kim Joonmin on February 29, 1988, on the island of Jeju in South Korea. When he was a baby, he was adopted by an American couple. He grew up in Plainfield, Illinois, in a “conservative, white, Evangelical Christian family.” At first, he was homeschooled.
When he was 16, he went to public school for the first time. He said it was the first time he was around people who didn’t believe in God. Booster moved out and stayed with friends of the family until he found a place to stay with a family friend. For his bachelor’s degree, he went to Millikin University to study theatre.
Is Joel Kim Booster a Gay?
Yes, Joel Kim Booster is Gay, and he talks a lot in his stand-up about being gay. He knew he was gay from childhood but kept it a secret. His parents found out he was gay when they read his diary from his last year of high school. In it, he wrote about having Sexual Encounters with other boys.
In Past Interviews, he has joked that he knew he was gay before he knew he was Asian, but he has also said in a serious tone that this wasn’t without problems.
“When you’re like me and have a lot of different identities, you’re always trying to triangulate… “Every day, you have to do some very hard math,” he said. “Are they coming to me because I’m gay, because I’m Asian, or because I’m gay and Asian?
“I try not to dwell on the minutiae of daily life, but let’s face it: Asian men are treated differently than White men; Homosexuals are treated differently than Heterosexual people, and Asian gay men are treated differently than straight Asian men. When you’re at this crossroads, there are many ways to live, but I’m proud of who I am, and I don’t plan to change for anyone.”
Still, he says that it’s not easy. Booster said, “It does take a lot of organizing my thoughts and balancing different parts of myself.” “Comedy and therapy help a lot, to be honest. To be honest, a lot of these ideas came to me because they were funny. Did I struggle? Yes. But I would say that things are a bit more settled now. I don’t make jokes about it as much as I used to, but it’s always there in the background.”