K-Pod Ep. 5: Karen Chee (Comedian)



Writer-performer Karen Chee is a rising star in the comedy world and the youngest member of the writing staff of Late Night with Seth Meyers. A 2017 graduate of Harvard, she’s known for smart, quirky humor that’s unafraid to take on issues of gender, race and politics. Thanks to the recurring segment “What Does Karen Know?” she’s also known for her millennial ignorance of fax machines and Nirvana. Karen tells Catherine and Juliana about her childhood as a “square” (she only watched PBS and C-Span), her early ambitions to be a political speechwriter and how she got her first big gig, writing jokes for Sandra Oh at the Golden Globes.

Follow Karen Chee on Twitter and Instagram @karencheee

Hosts: Juliana Sohn @juliana_sohn Catherine Hong @catherinehong100
Executive Producer: Hj Lee
Producer: Kevin Park
Editor: Aj Valente


K-Pod, a production of KoreanAmericanStory.org, is a series dedicated to the stories of Korean Americans in arts and culture. Hosts Catherine Hong and Juliana Sohn talk to artists, writers, designers, directors, musicians, chefs and other creatives about their work, their lives, and how they came to forge their careers.

Follow on Instagram: @kpodpod
Watch on YouTube: youtube.com/koreanamericanstoryorg
Questions or Comments? k-pod@koreanamericanstory.org


Juliana Sohn has photographed portraits, interiors, food, travel, and documentary for New York Times, T Style Magazine, Topic Magazine, Teen Vogue, Vanity Fair and many others. Her personal work highlights the stories of young people. You can follow her on Instagram @juliana_sohn and @anditwasalright. Check out her website at julianasohn.com.


Catherine Hong has worked as an editor at Vogue, Allure, Harper’s Bazaar, Us Weekly, W magazine, and InStyle. These days she’s a freelance writer focusing on design, food and children’s books. You can follow her on instagram @catherinehong100.