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Sep 11, 2022


Black Men Living Abroad Series


JK Hobson hails from New York City, where he dove headlong into the music scene in the 80’s and 90’s. He first caught the traveling bug upon joining Crisis, a prominent metalcore band in the NYC underground scene. After moving to Los Angeles, releasing an album with the band, and years of touring, JK began more academic pursuits and in 2016 was awarded a Fulbright Scholarship for teaching English. The Fulbright ETA program brought him to the Mekong Delta city of My Tho where he spent an academic year before moving to Saigon. After completing the Fulbright ETA program, he moved to Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), Vietnam. 

Since moving to Saigon, JK co-founded comedy collective Saigon Funny People, founded Asia Out Loud and has performed in Los Angeles, New York City, Thailand, Cambodia, and Vietnam and was a finalist in the 2018 Vietnam Comedy Competition. With his confrontational standup comedy, JK has opened for International standup comedians Lars Callieou, Garrett Millerick, Corey Marx, Dwayne Perkins, and Mark Lucas and has guest-hosted VTV4’s Vietnam Discovery. JK was also the very first guest on the podcast “Seven Million Bikes: A Saigon Podcast.” In 2019, JK launched the Asia Out Loud social media site where he posts videos of his exploration of Vietnamese culture and food. He also runs a standup comedy series called The Outsiders under the banner of Standup Comedy Asia Out Loud. In late 2020, VN Express ran a video profile on JK which is featured on their website. He also hosts his own podcasts, “The We Outchea Expat Podcast,” and “Asia Out Loud Presents: The Outsiders Podcast!” 

JK has just returned from a run of comedy performances in NYC, culminating in a set at the legendary Bitter End in Manhattan’s Greenwich Village!




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