“…a charming veneer that allows her to talk about race and sex in a deceptively frank way you don’t see often enough.” – Complex Magazine
B I O
JEN KWOK is a Chinese-American writer/performer from Palmdale, CA who is currently based in Queens, NYC. Armed with a velvety voice and razor-sharp wit, Jen combines music, comedy and improv to create a refreshing spin on daily life.
Jen’s work has been featured by The New York Times, PBS, ComedyCentral, BuzzFeed, and Rolling Stone Magazine. Most recently, Jen can been seen on ABC's Quantico. Other film and television work include Band Leader/Keytarist of MTV's Middle of the Night Show, HBO’s High Maintenance, Showtime’s Nurse Jackie, PBS’ Asian America, and the film Eat, Pray, Love. She has also appeared in several viral web videos – including her own music video, “Date an Asian”, College Humor's “Zordon Is a Racist” and “Subway Panhandler”.
A versatile live performer, Jen was a finalist in NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity and has appeared at such venues as: The Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT), The People’s Improv Theatre (PIT), and Gotham Comedy Club. She has also performed and hosted events everywhere from colleges across the country (featured at NACA Northeast, Mid-Atlantic and South), to fundraising and corporate events for American Cancer Society, TimeWarner, Verizon and Ogilvy & Mather. An active member of the Asian-American performing community, Jen has hosted Kollaboration NY & DC, as well as curated and co-hosted the Asian-American Writer’s Workshop’s Mouth to Mouth series.
Jen's current live music project, Songs for One, is a unique, intimate experience where she performs concerts for one single person at a time.
Q U O T E S
"...a Swiss Army Knife of acting, singing, and performance art." - The Love Life of an Asian Guy
"Pretty damn marvelous." – Angry Asian Man
“The female version of Andy Samberg.” – Future Rockstars of America
“…fresh-faced singer with crack comic timing.” – MTV Iggy
“…over-the-top awkward humor…you gotta appreciate her commitment to her craft.” – a-tunes
“She kills with a ukulele.” – Punchline Magazine
“Jen Kwok, have mercy!” – Wynton Marsalis
“GREAT GREAT performance. Everyone was raving about Jen’s cheeky songs and banter…can’t wait to have her back next year!” – Columbia University
“Brilliant comedy and hilarious music. Everyone kept saying they wanted more Jen Kwok after the concert.” – NYU