Kevin Shea was originally born in Seoul, Korea, and in January of 1981, he was adopted and sent to America to live with a middle class Irish family in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He is the son of James and Madalyn Shea, parents of five children, two white chicks, two Korean boys, and one Korean girl. Both parents were middle class. James was a Korean War vet and a decorated police officer, and Madalyn was a factory worker. His parents' personalities were spitted images of Archie and Edith Bunker. It was as if All in the Family was combined with Different Strokes.
Being from a very middle class family, Shea was the first to attend college. After graduating from the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Shea was curious to explore the rest of the country, so he moved to San Francisco in 2000. There he would discover stand up.
After moving to San Francisco, Shea started a career in the internet industry which lasted a whole year. In 2002, he was laid off and was convinced by a friend to go to an open mic. Influenced by Eddie Murphy Raw, Shea decided to go to the open mic dressed in a purple leather jumpsuit, not a good idea. His first set was not very good.
Not trying to become the typical Asian comic, Shea strayed away from Korean accents based on their mothers', plus, his mom is a honkey. He concentrated on developing his own style which has said to be very laid back and fresh. With his unique style and jokes, he caught the eyes of Hollywood and was invited to the prestigious Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival.
Shea has numerous television appearances which include Comedy Central's Premium Blend, Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and most recently, HBO's Down and Dirty with Jim Norton. He is currently living in Los Angeles.