Malaysian Comedian & Actor Ronny Chieng
Ronny Chieng explains why Chinese parents want their kids to become doctors and how the Chinese New Year is all about getting rich! Achingly satirical view on Chinese stereotypes.
Background to Ronny
Comedian Ronny Chieng (aged 36) was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to a Malaysian Chinese family. He grew up in both Singapore and in the United States, living in Manchester, New Hampshire from 1989 to 1994.
When he lived in Johor Bahru, he commuted to Fuchun Primary School in neighbouring Singapore. He subsequently attended Pioneer Secondary School and Pioneer Junior College in Singapore. He attended the University of Melbourne in Australia, living at Trinity College. He graduated in 2009 with a Bachelor of Commerce in finance and a Bachelor of Laws. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University in 2012.
Chieng performed with Trevor Noah in 2013 at a comedy festival in Melbourne, Australia. Two years later, he was asked to audition for the correspondent role on The Daily Show, which Noah hosts.
In July 2016, he was named one of 10 Comics to Watch by Variety.
his response to a Jesse Watters Fox News segment deemed by many as racist. Chieng aired an expletive-laden criticism of the conservative network’s segment. He also revisited New York City’s Chinatown, where Watters had mocked residents, and conducted more respectful interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese. The video went viral and received coverage in the Washington Post and Slate.
In 2016, Chieng co-wrote and starred in the pilot of a sitcom called Ronny Chieng: International Student, based on his own experience as a Malaysian student in Australia. It was developed into a series for Comedy Central in America and ABC TV in Australia and screened in June 2017.
In 2019, Netflix started streaming his stand-up special, “Asian Comedian Destroys America!”, where he jokes about consumerism, racism and immigrants.
In April 2020, Chieng was cast in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. The movie is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and scheduled to hit theatres on 3 September 2021.
In July 2021, it was announced Chieng will co-write a Sony Martial Arts action-comedy film with his The Daily Show collaborator Sebastian DiNatale.
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