Kristina Wong

Can you challenge political apathy, mental health, and income inequality and STILL LAUGH? Sure you can! Kristina will show you!

photo credit: Tom Fowler

Kristina Wong was featured in The New York Times’ Off Color series “highlighting artists of color who use humor to make smart social statements about the sometimes subtle, sometimes obvious ways that race plays out in America today.” She is a performance artist, comedian, and writer who has presented across North America, the UK, and Hong Kong.  Her most notable touring show, “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”, looks at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women and has toured dozens of venues across the United States since 2006. It’s now a broadcast-quality film distributed by Cinema Libre Studios.

She’s been a commentator for American Public Media’s Marketplace, PBS, Jezebel, xoJane, Playgirl Magazine, and the Huffington Post, and has been a guest on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, Al Jazeera’s “The Stream”, and AM Tonight on Fusion TV.  She recently had a pilot presentation with Lionsgate for truTV.  Her work has been awarded with grants from Creative Capital, The MAP Fund, the Center for Cultural Innovation, the Durfee Foundation, the National Performance Network, six Artist-in-Residence grants, and a COLA Master Artist Fellowship from the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.

In 2017, she was named one of the “YBCA 100″ celebrating the innovators, provocateurs, and thought leaders who are using their platforms to create cultural movements.  She also received the Focus Award from Kearny Street Workshop for her unique contribution to amplifying the APA community’s collective voice within American culture.  She’s been awarded residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the New York Theater Workshop, the Ojai Playwrights Festival, the Montalvo Center for the Arts, Hermitage, and the Atlantic Center for the Arts.

On television, she’s been on General Hospital, Nickelodeon’s Nicky Ricky Dicky and Dawn, and Myx TV’sI’m Asian American and Want Reparations for Yellow Fever. She is currently touring “The Wong Street Journal” which navigates white privilege as an Asian American “Mzungu” in East Africa.  She spent a month in Northern Uganda recording a hit rap album Mzungu Pricewith local rappers and doing research for that show. Kristina’s mail-order bride website is www.bigbadchinesemama.com.  She has taught at Cal Arts in the MFA Creative Writing Program and twice given the commencement speech at UCLA, her alma mater. Her newest show is titled “Kristina Wong for Public Office” and is a campaign-style comedic performance that will leave guests questioning the present state of politics and campaign methods.

Popular Virtual Topic

Kristina Wong: Sweatshop Overlord

Global crises require innovation. In her new show, born from the COVID-19 pandemic, Kristina Wong details how she went from out-of-work performance artist to overlord of a homemade face mask empire in just ten days! With her trademark wit, she explores how she was able to build a sweatshop of hundreds of volunteer “Aunties” (which includes the labor of children and her own mother!) to fix the Public Health care system while in quarantine. The program can be presented as a virtual monologue as well as an interactive panel discussion and demonstration.

It’s like the story of the American Dream, except it’s really a scathing critique of how America’s pursuit of global empire has left us scrambling to provide basic Personal Protection Equipment to essential workers and ill prepared to keep citizens healthy. It also looks at the significance of Asian American women and Women of Color performing this historically gendered and racialized invisible labor.  The monologue unfolds during a time when backlash against Asian Americans is at an all time high.  
The program can be presented as a monologue (in person or online) as well as an interactive panel discussion and demonstration.

Popular Live Topics

Kristina Wong for Public Office

Kristina Wong is an actual elected representative of Koreatown, Los Angeles and Kristina Wong for Public Office is a 65 minute comedic performance that crosses the aesthetics of campaign rallies, church revivals, and solo theater shows to tell the story of what it means to run for local office, the history of voting, and the impact artists can have on democracy. The show comments on the real anxiety of the state of our democracy by touring alongside the debates, shenanigans, and rallies leading up to the November 2020 election.  It’s a show that will get audiences amped up about civic engagement, get them registered to vote, and give civic organizations a chance to partner with your venue. The show plays against a charming handsewn felt set designed and created by Kristina Wong.

Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Kristina share clips from her landmark show “Wong Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest,” a show looking at the high rates of depression and suicide among Asian American women that she toured for eight years across the country.  With her trademark humor and wit, she shares some insight on these statistics and what she learned in the process of touring this work.

The Wong Street Journal

A solo theater work written and performed by performance artist and comedian Kristina Wong. Part plushy TED lecture, part amateur hip-hop extravaganza, and part travelogue, The Wong Street Journal breaks down the complexities of global poverty, privilege and economic theory using uneasy-to-read charts, live hashtag wars, and riveting slideshows from post-conflict Northern Uganda. Wong tells the story of how she as a not-so-white savior, became a hip-hop star in Northern Uganda. Wong combines self-skewering personal narrative with a hilarious interrogation of America’s legacy on the rest of the world. All of this plays against an all-felt version of the New York Stock Exchange that Wong sewed with her own hands.