September 26, 2022 at 8:00am

Millikin University is pleased to welcome actor, writer, comedian and Millikin alumnus Joel Kim Booster for the 2022 Goodheart Event at Albert Taylor Theatre on Wednesday, November 9, 2022. Prior to the 7 p.m. performance, Booster will also conduct a masterclass for students of Millikin’s School of Theatre and Dance. Tickets go on sale to Millikin students, alumni, faculty, and staff October 4 at 10 a.m. and to the general public October 25 at 10 a.m.

“We are thrilled to welcome back alumnus Joel Kim Booster, Class of 2010, as our Goodheart Event Artist for 2022. Joel is a great example of professional success as a Millikin graduate,” said Vice President for Student Affairs Raphaella Prange.

“As a rising star in the acting and comedy industry, Joel brings true authenticity of identity to the screen. Joel was a natural choice when considering artists to bring for Millikin’s celebration of National Coming Out Day. In addition to his performance, Joel will also be working with our School of Theatre and Dance students for masterclass opportunities. We are grateful for Joel’s continued connection and loyalty to Millikin.”

Named one of The New York Times’ “Queer Young Comics Redefining American Humor,” Booster has found success seemingly everywhere in 2022. In June, he starred in the Hulu rom-com “Fire Island,” which the AV Club called an “instant classic.” The film, which Booster also wrote, is an unapologetically modern twist on Jane Austen’s “Pride and Prejudice” and stars Bowen Yang and Margaret Cho.

Booster’s first hourlong Netflix special “Psychosexual” also premiered in June. In it, Booster explores his experiences as a gay Asian-American, providing thought-provoking and unfiltered commentary on identity, modern sexuality and cultural expectations. Currently, Booster is starring in the Apple TV+ series “Loot,” playing Maya Rudolph’s quirky assistant.

Booster’s other credits include “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (HBO), “BoJack Horseman” (Netflix), “American Dad” (Fox), “Search Party” (TBS), “Shrill” (Hulu) and “Sunnyside” (NBC). He was a series regular voice on the HBO MAX animated program “Santa Inc.” opposite Sarah Silverman and Seth Rogen and can be seen in the film “Unplugging” opposite Matt Walsh and Eva Longoria.

In 2017, Booster recorded a stand-up special for Comedy Central’s “The Half-Hour” and a full-length stand-up album called “Model Minority.” He has appeared on “Conan,” “The Late Late Show with James Corden,” “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Comedy Central’s “@midnight,” Logo’s “Comedy Cabaret” and truTV’s “Comedy Knockout.”

On Sept. 28, 2022, TIME magazine named Millikin alumnus Joel Kim Booster to its 2022 TIME100 Next List. Inspired by the magazine’s annual TIME100, the list spotlights 100 rising stars spanning diverse industries across the globe. Booster’s entry on the list was penned by his “Fire Island” costar and comedian Margaret Cho, who celebrates Booster for “giving laughter and lots of important observations on race, class, culture, sex and being gay in all those realms.”

The Goodheart Event

The Goodheart Event was created through a gift from the late Margaret “Peggy” Goodheart Madden and her husband, the late G. William Madden. This gift was made in memory of Mrs. Madden's father, the late William R. Goodheart Jr., who founded the Music Corporation of America (MCA). The Maddens’ generous gift provides Millikin students with access to outstanding entertainment at no charge.




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