Dayo Wong

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Dayo Wong
Dayo Wong at Olympian City.jpg
Dayo Wong in 2003
Chinese name 黃子華 (traditional)
Chinese name 黄子华 (simplified)
Ancestry Sanshui, Guangdong
Born (1960-09-05) 5 September 1960 (age 54)
Hong Kong
Occupation Stand-up comedy, actor, presenter, screenwriter, musician
Instrument(s) Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, drums
Label(s) EMI
This is a Chinese name; the family name is Wong.

Dayo Wong Chi-wah (黃子華), born 5 September 1960, is a Hong Kong stand-up comedian, actor, presenter, screenwriter, and singer-songwriter who is the pioneer of stand-up comedy in Hong Kong.

Wong gained a degree in philosophy from the University of Alberta in Canada. He began his career in the entertainment industry in Hong Kong in 1984, but he is best known for his works in live stand-up comedy which he started performing regularly since 1990. Since then he has starred in TV dramas and films, and recorded his own album.

Dayo had his TVB TV series debut in 1999, acting as "Lai Sam" in "Justice Sung 2".[1] A year later, he reached a milestone of his TV series career. Dayo as a lazy office assistant in a law firm in War of the Gender,[2] winning the My Favourite Television Character Award in the year of 2002. It is when his flame reached his highest point. 2004 is a fruitful year for Day, it is when he won two awards, the My Favourite On-Screen Partners (with Ada Choi in "Catch the Uncatchable") and again, the My Favourite Television Character Award (also in "Catch the Uncatchable").

He was so close to the "TV King" Award (The Best Actor Award). He was on the nomination list of the award in both 2007 and 2009. He finally crowned as TV King with "Bounty Lady" in 2013.[3] To Dayo, the award was accumulative result of his TVB dramas. He also revealed that his relationship with Chilam were like cousins. In that year, Chilam Cheung started as the clear favourite of the audience due to his absolute popularity starring as Captain Cool in "Triumph in the Skies 2".[4] Though Chilam ended up winning the Most Popular Male Character, he sounded disappointed in his acceptance speech (the price is widely recognised as a consolation prize to The Best Actor Award). Chilam did not stay behind the ceremony for the TVB official interview. He explained that he was not informed to stay behind for any interview. The discord rumours between Chilam and Dayo begin to spread out widely. However, the rumour was shot down when Chilam surprised Dayo by his sudden appearance at a meal gathering of the Bounty Lady.[5]

Besides the TVB drama career, Dayo is also well known to be a stand-up comedian. He introduced stand up comedy (talk show) to Hong Kong. He has done thirteen talk show so far, mainly targeting local Hongkongese. Unlike Northern American stand-up comedian, his jokes usually includes a lot of political and philosophical content, which brings up a high level of consonant among audience. "Hong Kong's housing issue is absolutely ridiculous. I have discussed this in my stand-up shows too. Hong Kong residents need to have 13 to 14 times their current annual salary to finally be qualified for home ownership."[6] said the comedian. Up to 2013, he has done as much as thirteen talk show. Seven of them are also performed in Australia, Canada and the United States. Dayo's latest talk show will be performed in October 2014. A month later, the show be in Canada and the United States as well.[7]

Comparing with his stand-up comedy and TV dramas, his movies are not as successful. When being asked the reasons behind, he explained that he ultimate goal is to look for something new in his movies. His visions makes his work good to watch, but it is not good enough to attract people to pay for a cinema ticket. The second reason it that he hates doing promotion for his work.[8]


Dayo Wong at a promotional event for House of Mahjong.

TV shows (Stand-up comedy, Free Man Show, Stage)[edit]

Year Name Remark
1990 娛樂圈血肉史 -
1992 色情家庭 -
1993 跟住去邊度 -
1994 末世財神 -
1995 棟篤笑雙打之玩無可玩 Cheung Tat-ming
1997 秋前算帳 -
1998 Free Men Show(鬚根show) Cheung Tat-ming, Francis Ng
1999 拾下拾下拾年棟篤笑
2000 Free Men Show 2(鬚根show2) Cheung Tat-ming, Francis Ng
March 2003 冇炭用 -
October 2006 兒童不宜 -
December 2007 越大鑊越快樂 -
2008 男磨坊
August to September 2009 嘩眾取寵 -
November 2010 娛樂圈血肉史II -
2011 咁愛咁做
March 2012 野豬
October 2012 洗燥


Year English title
1992 The Magic Touch神算
1993 Two of a Kind
Pink Bomb
No. 1 3rd Ave
Even Mountains Meet
1994 I've Got You, Babe!!!
Mr. Sardine
Long and Winding Road
Oh! My Three Guys
From Zero to Hero
New Tenant
Born innocent
1995 Once in a Life Time
Wind Beneath the Wings
The Meaning of Life
Spider Woman
Only Fools Fall in Love
The Dan That Doesn't Exist
1996 Satan Returns
Top Banana Club
13 July
All of a Sudden
Love and Sex Among the Ruins
Big Bullet
1997 24 Hrs Ghost Story
Walk In
Legend of the Wolf
Those Were the Days
Love, Amoeba Style
97 Aces Go Places
The Wedding Days
My Dad is a Jerk
1998 F*** /Off
2000 What Is A Good Teacher
Don't Look Back or You'll Be Sorry
Titanic (dub)
2001 The Emperor's New Groove (dub)
Let's Sing Along
2002 Fighting to Survive
Scooby Doo (dub)
2004 Leave Me Alone
Teacher in University
2006 Lethal Ninja
Over the Hedge (dub)
Nothing is Impossible
2007 Zhui Bu
House of Mahjong
2014 Golden Chicken 3
Temporary Family
2015 Secret Treasure[9]


TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Network TVB Anniversary Awards Notes
1999 Justice Sung II
Lai Sam TVB
2000 War of Genders
Yu Lok-tin TVB My Favourite Television Character
2001 非常公民 Puyi Mainland Chinese production
2004 To Catch the Uncatchable
Mok Jok-dung TVB My Favourite On-Screen Partners (Dramas)
My Favourite Television Character
2005 Hail The Judge
Song Shijie China Mainland
The Great Adventure
Pak Wut ATV
2006 情愛保險 Tang Tianshou Mainland Chinese production
2007 Men Don't Cry
Ho Kei-kin TVB Best Actor Nomination (Top 20)
My Favourite Male Character Nomination (Top 5)
2009 You're Hired
Mak Tai-song TVB Best Actor Nomination (Top 5)
My Favourite Male Character Nomination (Top 5)
2013 Bounty Lady
Heung Kwong Nam TVB TVB Award for Best Actor



Year Title
1998 鬚根Sound
1999 關老三
2000 我有小小強
2001 Experience
2005 哈痞(痞:音鄙,happy)

Other albums

Year Title
November 1999 華納99最好精選
December 1999 華納千禧世紀好精選
October 2000 華納天碟2000
September 2001 關不掉的聲音— 前途萬里行
October 2001 華納23周年紀念精選 (華納群星)
September 2003 1:99電影行動 (原裝導演加長版)
September 2004 愛唱主題曲 Theme Songs(香港群星)— 衰邊個

Not included in the albums'

Year Title
2006 知彼不知己
2007 奸人堅
2009 冇問題


  1. ^ [1] Brief résumé of Dayo Wong
  2. ^ [2] Critics and viewers fear for the future of Hong Kong's golden TV tradition
  3. ^ [3] Dayo Wong and Kristal Tin were crowned the TV King and TV Queen of the year
  4. ^ [4] 'Captain Cool' upset with TV King loss?
  5. ^ [5] Dayo Wong and Chilam Cheung shoot down discord
  6. ^ [6] Dayo Wong guest stars in "Temporary Family"
  7. ^ [7] Ticket selling for Dayo's 2014 talk show in Toronto
  8. ^ [8] An interview with Dayo Wong
  9. ^ Kevin Ma (16 July 2014). "Bona launches Secret Treasure". Film Business Asia. Retrieved 16 July 2014. 
  10. ^ "Dayo Wong". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 
  11. ^ "Dayo Wong". Retrieved 4 April 2010. 

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