QPark is a Korean-American comedian, YouTube star, Instagrammer, and social media influencer. He gained popularity by posting videos that invoke humour by exaggerating real-life situations and by acting outlandishly in public spaces. A native of South Korea, QPark moved to the United States at some point with his family. He attended Yale University and after graduating with a degree in economics, started working as an investment banker. He later quit and opened his own Korean BBQ restaurant. Despite its success, he was not happy. Eventually, he sold the business and committed himself to social media full time. He started off his online career on Vine, becoming one of the most popular stars on the short-video sharing app in time. After it shut down in 2017, QPark made a successful transition to Instagram, on which he currently has over 2.8 million followers. He also uses his YouTube channel, which he set up in May 2007, to post his content. Over the years, he has accumulated over four million followers on the channel.
After finishing college in 2000, QPark was hired by the New York-based Merrill Lynch financial services as an analyst in the energy and power department. He worked there for two years before joining Morgan Joseph & Co., Inc. as the vice president of the media and entertainment department. He was there for the following six years, working about a hundred hours per week. He later stated that it almost killed him.
In 2009, QPark quit his job at Morgan Joseph & Co., Inc. to open a Korean BBQ restaurant. The venture was quite successful. In the ensuing years, he opened three more restaurants. However, he realised that he did not have a real passion for making food as much as eating. During this period, he also became interested in social media. In 2014, he sold all his restaurants to pursue a career as a comedian and social media influencer.
Sometime in 2013, QPark set up his account on Vine. According to him, he was initially making videos so he could entertain people. He had no intention of becoming a comedian. At the height of Vine’s popularity, he had over three million followers and advertisement deals with brands such as Pepsi, Hewlett Packard, Virgin Mobile, Dunkin Donuts, Gap, Budweiser, Kia, Comcast, TBS, Charmin, Marvel, Smirnoff, TNT, VH1, Spotify, and Adult Swim.
QPark had originally started uploading photographs on the video and photograph-sharing app Instagram in April 2012. In August 2013, he announced that he would start uploading videos on the app soon. He posted his first comedy sketch on Instagram in September. In the video, he attempted to scare random strangers with a fake snake. Over the course of the next few years, he continued to post on the platform but Vine was still his first preference.
However, after Vine closed down for good in 2017, Instagram became his primary social media platform. He has over 2.8 million followers on it and garners hundreds of thousands of views per episode.
QPark created his YouTube channel while he was still working for Morgan Joseph & Co., Inc., in May 2007 and uploaded his first video, titled ‘~ Canon Rock ~ better than funtwo!!’ on the same day. After he became a social media-based comedian, he started posting content on YouTube as well. As of 2018, he has over four million subscribers on his channel and over 300 million views.
As with Instagram, he regularly gets hundreds of thousands of views on YouTube. His most popular video on the platform is ‘10 Hours of Walking in NYC as Kim Jong Un’ with over 18 million views. His other popular videos include ‘Bad Bunny X Ozuna X Nicky Jam - "Te Bote Remix" - Singing in Public!!’ (11.4 million views), ‘Dame Tu Cosita Challenge (The New Version!!) in Public!!!’ (11.3 million views), and ‘Best of Bad Bunny - Singing In Public Compilation by QPark!!’ (9 million views).
QPark is active on other social media platforms as well. He has over 110 thousand followers on Twitter and more than six million followers on Facebook.
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QPark was born on July 17, 1979, in South Korea. He has a brother. At some point, he relocated to the United States of America with his family. He attended Horace Mann School from 1990 to 1996 before enrolling at the Yale University. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics in 2000.
QPark is a long-time New Yorker. He is dating Edith Oquendo, who is also his business partner. She has appeared in many of his videos and often serves as the cameraperson.