Sometimes comic Joe Wong’s punch lines take a moment to sink in. He waits patiently.
“Both in America and in China, I got this comment, ‘Oh, what you’re doing here is not really comedy; it’s humor.’ People have to think a little bit before they can laugh. But that’s the humor I appreciate the most,” says Wong, who grew up in northeast China, learned English in school there, and came to the United States at 24 as a biochemistry student.
“Also, when I used to tell some of the jokes among my American friends, nobody even would laugh or notice, because they would never expect me to tell a joke. That was one of the most frustrating parts,” he says.