Watch: Joel Kim Booster Sees Sweet Side to Nude Leaks in 'Psychosexual'

Tuesday June 21, 2022

Joel Kim Booster in "Fire Island"
Joel Kim Booster in "Fire Island"  (Source:Hulu)

Joel Kim Booster very good month continues with "Psychosexual," his first Netflix special, which premieres on June 21. He currently has a major streaming hit in "Fire Island," which he co-wrote and stars in, which is on Hulu.

But if "Fire Island" looked towards Jane Austen for inspiration (it is an updated "Pride and Prejudice"), "Psychosexual" offers something far more meta. "But the one-hour comedy special from the Los Angeles-based multihyphenate offers a more direct look at who Booster is, personally and creatively," writes The Hollywood Reporter in an interview with the actor/writer. "A three-act takedown of what he's faced over the course of his artistic career, 'Psychosexual' sees Booster dissect how he's dissected by audiences through a series of jokes for (and not for) said audiences."

One topic he discusses is how he felt when his nudes leaked online. "I found out that all my nudes leaked online," Booster says in "Psychosexual." "Yeah, I can see some of you reaching for your phone right now. Obviously, I was angry, I felt violated, um ... but then I found out they were put on a website for male 'celebrity' nudes, and I was like, 'They can stay....' "

"Filmed at Catch One in Los Angeles, Booster discusses learning the cultural nuances of being Asian as he gets older, shares his preference for threesomes with tips for successful masturbation, his fascination for human sexuality, and much more," reports Entertainment Weekly.

"I didn't realize how much weight I was carrying around existing in largely heterosexual spaces, especially as a standup comic," Booster told EW for his Pride month cover story that profiled "Fire Island," which follows a group of gay friends who revisit the resort every summer.

"All of my coworkers were straight, and to go out there with other mostly gay comedians and have this freedom was really life-changing for me," Booster told EW about the gay resort.

THR cites similarities in the topics covered in "Fire Island" and "Psychosexual," which Booster says is understandable since he was writing the special concurrently with the draft for the film. "So there are definitely parallels as I was developing both pieces. I think the only thing with the special is that I had to take a break from doing stand-up for that full year of lockdown. And so I was really coming back to a lot of it in early 2021 to basically rebuild it, because we'd sold it during the pandemic during lockdown. So they diverged slightly after I came back because I was writing 'Fire Island' pretty consistently throughout lockdown."

THR notes that Booster has read comments from "straight white men arguing your jokes weren't 'relatable' to them," while others have criticized him for his overt horniness. "I've gotten a lot of flack as a comedian for hyper-sexualizing myself and other people and talking about sex a lot. And what that means as a queer person and what that means as an Asian person, it's interesting, right? As a queer person, I get dinged because we are as a community over-sexualized and the emphasis is always too much on sex. When I talk about my promiscuity or being promiscuous, I get gay guys in my DMs because it's like, 'Oh, you're harming the community by creating the images of an oversexed gay guy.' "

But he sees the flip side as being "empowering because Asian men are so desexualized in the media that me talking about sex and the amount of sex that I'm having suddenly becomes this very empowering act. The entire special is about exploring those weird intersections where suddenly the things that I'm talking about — depending on which identity lens you're looking at it from — become either empowering or detrimental to whatever community I'm representing, and the frustration of that. Because you can't cordon off your identities."

Boomer is also open about his recreational drug use. "It's the same reason I want to talk about sex so openly. It's these things we keep hidden that I think are the most interesting things to talk about, because it makes people uncomfortable. Also, it's one of those things that everybody has an opinion about. Everybody has a very strong point of view on drugs, on sex, on religion, on politics — all of those things. I find that a lot of comedians, they'll go in on politics and a lot of them will go in on sex. There are certainly comedians who talk about drugs — weed gets a lot of play — but I do think that there is a reality to the way I live my life that I don't often see reflected in the media. To me, recreational drug use is usually depicted as someone's rock bottom. I'm not interested in glorifying drug use by any means, but again, I feel compelled to try and triangulate around my most honest and open and raw self when I'm on stage in that way because it's the only way I know how to communicate as a comedian. It's not that I set out to write amazing jokes about drug use. It's just — this is a part of my life. This is a part of the way I party, and I want to talk about the way I party on stage."