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Self-Hating Esther Ku on 'Last Comic Standing'

Here is a recent clip of Esther Ku's act. Basically she's a walking disaster, just like that confused girl Gina Choe on "America's Top Model." What kind of insecure person makes a career basically being self-racist or self-deprecating and saying how much you hate yourself, who you are, and your family? Have you ever heard a black comedian base his/her career on how they hate being Black, how they love watermelon/chicken, and the only good thing about being black is it helps them get into the NFL?

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Read this Boston Globe excerpt from this comedian:

"The Korean-American comedian started with the words, ''I don't really like being Asian, but I'm kind of stuck with it." That, at least, received a few titters. But when she continues, ''The only good thing about being Asian, really, is it helps you get into college," the crowd stays silent."

One of her jokes in a video: "People always tell me, 'you don't have Asian eyes'. I say, 'no -- I look like regular people.' "  See for yourself.

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Alvin Lin

Alvin Lin was born in Taipei, Taiwan and hails from New England. He blogs about Asian American pop culture, film, music, literature and politics, as well as relevant news around the world. He also writes for Imprint Talk. Alvin has degrees from Cornell and MIT.

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