Born in South Korea, Joel was adopted at a young age and moved to the southwest suburbs of Chicago. Both homeschooled and evangelical, Joel has read the bible literally dozens of times, and has no idea where the state of Oregon is on a map.
He recently made his late night stand-up debut on TBS's Conan and his other television appearances include Comedy Central's @MIDNIGHT and THE MELTDOWN WITH JONAH AND KUMAIL, Bravo's THEN AND NOW, Logo's COMEDY CABARET, and TruTV's COMEDY KNOCKOUT. For television, his writing credits include BILLY ON THE STREET and the Comedy Central pilot, PROBLEMATIC W/ MOSHE KASHER.
As a comedian he has performed at numerous comedy clubs, bar basements and festivals all across the country and abroad. He has been featured at SXSW, The Bridgetown Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest, RIOT LA, The Brooklyn Comedy Festival, The New York Comedy Festival, and the Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal where he performed as one of the New Faces of Comedy in 2016. Paper Magazine called Joel one of their "10 Comedians You Need to Know," and Brooklyn Magazine has named him one of their "50 Funniest People in Brooklyn," saying, "his unbridled honesty feels less like the set-up for a punchline and more like an act of selfless catharsis the rest of us are lucky to witness in real time." Esquire Magazine named him one of their 10 Best Stand-Up Comedians To Watch in 2017, praising his "notably political" tweets, whatever that means.