Parents emigrated from Korea to the Polk-Haight area of San Francisco in 1964.
Began stand-up at age 16 in a comedy club named The Rose & Thistle which was located above a bookstore run by her parents.
Won the 1991 U.S. College Comedy Competition, West Coast Division which offered opening for Jerry Seinfeld as the first prize.
Won the 1994 American Comedy Award for Funniest Female Stand-Up Comic.
Starred in the short-lived ABC sitcom All-American Girl in 1994.
Performed in the one-woman Off-Broadway show I'm the One That I Want that chronicled her experiences on the ill-fated sitcom.
Received GLAAD's first Golden Gate Award in 2000 honoring her as "an entertainment pioneer who has made a significant difference in promoting equal rights for all, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity."
2012, Emmy — Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Nominee