696: A Response To Confidence With Jen Kwok

Jen Kwok is a Chinese-American writer and comedian.  Armed with a velvety voice and razor-sharp wit, Jen combines music, A Response To Confidence With Jen Kwokcomedy 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 Netflix’s Friends From College.  A versatile live performer, Jen was a national finalist in NBC’s Stand-Up for Diversity and has appeared at such venues as:  The Kennedy Center, Joe’s Pub, Caveat, WNYC’s Greene Space, Highline Ballroom, Le Poisson Rouge, Ars Nova, Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre (UCBT), The People’s Improv Theatre (PIT), and more.  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 Asian-American Women’s Giving Circle, American Cancer Society, TimeWarner, 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 most recent live music project, Songs for One, is a unique, intimate experience where she performs concerts for one single person at a time.

Jen shares how it was difficult for her growing up with no Asian American role model to look up to but working on her craft as a performer and putting herself out there gave her the response of confidence that keeps her becoming the woman that she is today.


Jen Kwok is a comedian.

Cultural Background

Jen is of Chinese, Vietnamese and Korean descent.

Favorite Self Confidence Quote

Focus on what you do have, not on what you don’t have.

Focus on what you do have, not on what you don’t have.

Definition of Self Confidence

Self confidence accepting who you are and being on your own team.

Her Life Before the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jen felt like her voice did not matter and had no Asian American role models to look up to.

The “AHA” Moment

Jen started working on her craft and started getting responses that gave her confidence.  She started trying new things even if it was a flop.

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Her Life After the Discovery of Self Confidence

Jen’s life is peaceful, simpler and accepts herself fully.

The One Self Confidence Tip For the Listener

Hone in on your own intuition of who you are.

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