February 4, 2023

Our 2022 Annual Report continues with the announcement of Joel Kim Booster as our Comic of the 12 months. Because the yr winds down, keep tuned for extra awards, lists, and articles about the perfect music, movie, and TV of 2022. Plus, take a look at our High 25 Movies of 2022 listing right here.


2022 was the most important, wildest yr of Joel Kim Booster’s profession, and he bought via it by being in love. “I spent so lengthy wanting ahead to this second, and it’s been actually onerous to attempt to form of stay within the second and luxuriate in it,” he tells Consequence. “And I believe the one purpose I survived, and it was one thing that I by no means anticipated, was having the grounding presence of my accomplice and my boyfriend all through it.”

This was a yr that noticed the actor, author, and comic launch his first Netflix standup particular and star within the critically acclaimed Hearth Island — which, no huge deal, he additionally wrote. In truth, the day after we spoke by way of cellphone for his 2022 Comic of the 12 months interview, Booster grew to become an Impartial Spirit Award nominee within the Greatest First Screenplay class.

As well as, he was featured on the Maya Rudolph-starring Apple TV+ collection Loot, and made a variety of visitor appearances throughout the tv panorama, together with his new favourite factor: celeb editions of sport exhibits. “I’m hounding my reps to see what different sport exhibits they will get me on,” he says. “It’s the perfect fringe advantage of my summer time generally, being on each celeb model of something that wants at the least one celeb that 90% of the viewers goes, ‘Who’s that? How are they a star?’ I’m completely happy to fill that function in as many celeb variations of sport exhibits as attainable.”

And thru all of it, he’s been in a relationship, which is one thing he by no means anticipated. “I all the time pictured myself reaching this success and then settling down and discovering that particular person. However what I noticed is that I’m so grateful that the reverse occurred — that I discovered the particular person after which this all occurred. As a result of with out him grounding me on Earth, I don’t know precisely how I’d’ve dealt with or not dealt with the stress of this yr and the success of this yr, fairly truthfully.”

Booster’s most high-profile 2022 moments all occurred to land in June, together with Psychosexual, his first hour-long standup particular for Netflix. “This particular is basically form of a meta-commentary on illustration,” he advised Consequence earlier this yr. “As a result of I get pulled into being a consultant: I characterize the homosexual group, I characterize the Asian group… So plenty of the particular, via these bits, may be very self-aware about what makes me a foul consultant and what makes me an excellent consultant and all of this stuff, and actually my battle to not need to be a consultant in any respect. That’s form of the throughline of the set.”

With Psychosexual full, he’s now engaged on materials for a brand new hour. However, as he says now, it’s “irritating as a result of my final Netflix particular, which is the fruits of a few years of labor, was crafted on a minute degree over the course of a number of years of going up at bar exhibits and doing shorter units. Now, more often than not that I’m doing standup, I’m doing headlining exhibits and I’m doing an hour’s price of fabric, so I’m not getting the identical quantity of workshop time to concentrate on these particular person items. I’m often simply attending to hit them within the context of a complete form of roughly drawn hour proper now.”

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