Originally hailing from a small village in the great state of Ohio, Joe Schaefer found himself afflicted at an early age with an insatiable thirst for all things East Asia. He made his way to Japan as soon as he was able, relishing in the heady soup of neon, manga, and intrusive tentacles. It was true love, but the allure of adventure proved too great, and soon Joe found himself in the Middle Kingdom – better known as China – the birthplace of kung fu, dragons, and General Tsou.
When he’s not performing stand up or improv comedy with the People’s Republic of Comedy, Joe is a writer, editor and sometimes presenter for ICS (International Channel Shanghai). He’s also a freelance illustrator, writer and voice talent.
Photos by Evan Eames and Rasmus Daniel Taun