Ali Wong

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Ali Wong
Ali Wong smiling
Wong in June 2012
Alexandra Dawn Wong

(1982-04-19) April 19, 1982 (age 40)
  • Comedian
  • actress
Years active2005–present
Justin Hakuta
(m. 2014; div. 2022)
RelativesKen Hakuta (father-in-law)

Alexandra Dawn Wong (born April 19, 1982) is an American stand-up comedian and actress. She is best known for her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra (2016), Hard Knock Wife (2018), and Don Wong (2022).[1][2] She starred in the film Always Be My Maybe (2019), on which she also served as a writer and producer.

Wong was also a cast member on the ABC show American Housewife and has previously appeared on Inside Amy Schumer, Black Box, and Are You There, Chelsea? She was a writer for the first three seasons of the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. She voices the title character Roberta "Bertie" Songthrush on the animated series Tuca & Bertie and Ali on the animated series Big Mouth. She was included in Time's 100 Most Influential People of 2020.[3]

Early life[edit]

Alexandra Dawn Wong[4] was born in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, on April 19, 1982,[5][6] the youngest of four children.[5][7] Her Vietnamese mother, Tam "Tammy" Wong, relocated from Huế in 1960 to work as a social worker in the U.S.[5][8][9] Her Chinese-American father, Adolphus Wong (1937–2011), was an anesthesiologist who worked for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years.[10]

In 2000, Wong graduated from San Francisco University High School,[11] where she was student body class president.[12] She enrolled at UCLA, where she majored in Asian-American studies and discovered her love of performing as a member of the university's LCC ("Lapu, the Coyote that Cares") Theatre Company,[13] the country's largest and oldest Asian-American collegiate theater company.[14] She spent a summer working at The Lair of the Golden Bear, a UC Berkeley alumni summer family camp. During her junior year she spent time in Hanoi.[5] She graduated summa cum laude with a BA in Asian-American studies in 2005.[15][16] After college, she studied in Vietnam through a Fulbright program.[17][18]


Wong performing in 2013

After graduating from college, Wong first tried stand-up comedy at the age of 23. She soon moved to New York City to pursue comedy, and began to perform up to nine times a night.[19]

In 2011, Variety named her one of the "10 Comics to Watch".[1] Soon after, she appeared on The Tonight Show, John Oliver's New York Stand Up Show and Dave Attell's Comedy Underground Show. She was also cast as series regular in the NBC comedy series Are You There, Chelsea? and appeared on Chelsea Lately.[20] After that, she was in VH1's Best Week Ever and MTV's Hey Girl in 2013. Additionally, she starred in Oliver Stone's Savages, opposite Benicio Del Toro and Salma Hayek, and as Kate in the film Dealin' with Idiots.[6]

In 2014, Wong played Dr. Lina Lark in the ABC medical drama series Black Box, opposite Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave.[21][22] Since then, she has guest-starred in several episodes of Inside Amy Schumer. Wong has been a writer on Fresh Off the Boat since 2014.[23] Randall Park, who is on the main cast, had suggested Wong for the writing role.[15]

On Mother's Day 2016,[24] Netflix released a stand-up special called Baby Cobra; the special was filmed in September 2015, when Wong was seven months pregnant with her first child[25] at the Neptune Theater in Seattle.[7][19][26] According to New York Magazine, "The special's arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans."[27]

On September 11, 2016, Wong spoke at, and walked the runway during New York Fashion Week for Opening Ceremony's show.[28] In October 2016, Wong began starring in the ABC sitcom American Housewife.

On May 13, 2018, Wong's second Netflix special, Hard Knock Wife, was released. It was filmed in late September 2017 at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto when she was seven months pregnant with her second child.[29][30] In 2018, she voiced the character Citrus Twisty, a soda genie, in an episode of OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes.[31]

Wong starred with Randall Park in the 2019 Netflix film Always Be My Maybe, a film directed by Nahnatchka Khan, and written by Wong, Park, and Michael Golamco. From 2019 to 2022, Wong voiced Bertie in the Netflix animated sitcom Tuca & Bertie.

On October 15, 2019, Wong published a book entitled Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life.[32][33] She described it as a life guide for her daughters to read when they reach adulthood.[34] The book won the 2019 Goodreads Choice Award for Humor.[35]

In February 2022, Wong released her third Netflix stand-up special, Don Wong.[36]

Personal life[edit]

Wong met entrepreneur Justin Hakuta, the son of inventor Ken Hakuta, at the wedding of their mutual friends in 2010.[37] They married in 2014.[38] They have two daughters.[39]

Wong has been open about miscarrying twins prior to becoming pregnant with her first daughter, and has said that making jokes about her miscarriage has helped her cope.[17]

In April 2022, Wong and Hakuta announced they had filed for divorce.[40][41][42]


As actress[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2011 Breaking In Ana Ng 3 episodes
2012 Are You There, Chelsea? Olivia 12 episodes
2012 Savages Claire
2013 Dealin' with Idiots Katieie
2014 Black Box Dr. Lina Lark 13 episodes
2014–2015 Inside Amy Schumer Various characters 3 episodes
2015 BoJack Horseman Maddy (voice) Episode: "Escape from L.A."
2016 Animals. Dana (voice) Episode: "Rats"
2016 The Angry Birds Movie Betty Bird (voice)
2016–2021 American Housewife Doris Series regular
2017 Fresh Off the Boat Margot Episode: "The Flush"
2017 The Lego Ninjago Movie General Olivia (Voice)
2017 Father Figures Ali
2018 Ralph Breaks the Internet Felony (voice)
2018 OK K.O.! Let's Be Heroes Twisty (voice) Episode: "Soda Genie"
2018 Ask the Storybots The Brain Episode: "How Do Ears Hear?"
2019–2022 Tuca & Bertie Bertie (voice) Main role
2019 Always Be My Maybe Sasha Tran Also writer and producer
2019–present Big Mouth Ali 14 episodes
2020 Birds of Prey Ellen Yee
2020 Onward Gore (voice)
2020 Love, Victor Ms. Thomas Recurring role
2020 Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe Super Super Big Doctor (voice)
2022 Human Resources Becca (voice) Main role, spinoff of Big Mouth
2022 Paper Girls Adult Erin Recurring role
2023 Beef Amy Lau Main role, upcoming series

As herself[edit]

Year Title Notes
2012 Chelsea Lately 9 episodes
2013 Hey Girl 5 episodes
2013 Best Week Ever 16 episodes
2016 Ali Wong: Baby Cobra Netflix comedy special
2017 The Hero Movie
2017 Bill Nye Saves The World S2E4 - Netflix
2018 Ugly Delicious S1E8 - Netflix
2018 Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife Netflix comedy special
May 28, 2019 The Ellen DeGeneres Show "Ali Wong Experienced Pure Joy Kissing Daniel Dae Kim" and "Ali Wong and Twitch Play 'Taste Buds'"
Oct 23, 2019 The Daily Show with Trevor Noah "Lessons for Her Daughters in Dear Girls and Life as a Female Comic "
Oct 24, 2019 The Ellen Show "Ali Wong Once Bombed in Front of Eddie Murphy" and "Ali Wong on Whether She Wants Her Daughters to Be Comedians"
May 9, 2022 Celebrity IOU "Ali Wong's Renovation Surprise"
2022 Ali Wong: Don Wong Netflix comedy special
March 10, 2023 RuPaul's Drag Race Guest judge; Episode: "Two Queens, One Joke"[43]
March 10, 2023 RuPaul's Drag Race: Untucked Celebrity guest; Episode: "Untucked: Two Queens, One Joke"[44]

Further reading[edit]


  1. ^ a b Shady, Justin (July 26, 2011). "Ali Wong: Spitfire standup embraces dark". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  2. ^ Molyneaux, Libby (October 3, 2013). "Ali Wong: L.A.'s Raunchiest Vietnamese-Chinese-American Standup Comic". LA Weekly. Archived from the original on March 10, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  3. ^ "Ali Wong: The 100 Most Influential People of 2020". Time. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
  4. ^ "A closer look at the life, career of comedian Ali Wong".
  5. ^ a b c d Wong, Ali (Winter 2004). "Discoveries Terrible and Magnificent" (PDF). Asian American Studies 116. UCLA. Retrieved May 8, 2016.[dead link]
  6. ^ a b "Black Box: Ali Wong. Lina Lark on ABC's "Black Box"". ABC Television (Press release). May 18, 2013. Archived from the original on February 2, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  7. ^ a b Maron, Marc (May 5, 2016). "Episode 704 - Ali Wong". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  8. ^ Wong, Ali. "Baby Cobra". Netflix.
  9. ^ Saner, Emine (October 17, 2019). "'God, I was disgusting!' – Ali Wong on why women's bodies are the last taboo". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  10. ^ "Adolphus Wong Obituary". SF Chronicle.
  11. ^ "San Francisco University High School Podcasts: IV. Ali Wong (1:02.45) Adorably Inappropriate". San Francisco University High School. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  12. ^ Tseng, Ada (June 8, 2015). "Get to Know Stand-Up Comedienne & 'Fresh Off the Boat' Writer Ali Wong". Audrey. Archived from the original on May 24, 2016. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  13. ^ "LCC Theatre Company at UCLA".
  14. ^ "Ali Wong: Q&A". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  15. ^ a b Levy, Ariel (September 26, 2016). "Ali Wong's Radical Raunch". The New Yorker. No. OCTOBER 3, 2016 ISSUE. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  16. ^ Nepales, Ruben V. (June 13, 2019). "Randall Park and Ali Wong talk about their rom-com's Asian–and Filipino–pedigree". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  17. ^ a b Miller, Julie (April 25, 2019). "How Ali Wong Became Comedy's Queen Mom". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
  18. ^ Greenberg, Rudi. "Just Acting Natural". Washington Post. Retrieved March 7, 2022.
  19. ^ a b Nguyen, Sahra Vang (November 25, 2015). "Off Color: Ali Wong on Nepotism, Network TV, and Becoming a New Mom". NBC News. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  20. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2008). "Ali Wong Joins New NBC Comedy 'Are You There Vodka' As Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  21. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2013). "ABC Series 'The Black Box' Adds Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  22. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (January 17, 2014). "ABC Announces Premiere Dates for 'Black Box' & 'Dancing With the Stars' + 'Mind Games' Replaces 'Killer Women'". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on January 19, 2014. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  23. ^ Collins, Scott (April 8, 2015). "'Fresh Off the Boat' writer Eddie Huang slams ABC comedy hit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  24. ^ Fox, Jesse David (May 9, 2016). "Appreciating Ali Wong's Powerful Pregnancy Joke in Baby Cobra". Vulture. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  25. ^ Kovan, Brianna (May 6, 2016). "Ali Wong Did a One-Hour Comedy Special While Seven Months Pregnant, DGAF". ELLE. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  26. ^ White, Abbey (April 29, 2016). "Ali Wong's Got Bite in This First Look at Her Netflix Comedy Special, Baby Cobra". Paste. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  27. ^ Choi, Mary (May 30, 2016). "Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong". New York Magazine.
  28. ^ "Opening Ceremony's Funny, Political Show Redeemed Fashion Week". The Cut. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  29. ^ "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife | Netflix Official Site". Retrieved May 13, 2018.
  30. ^ Karas, Jay (May 13, 2018), Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong, retrieved May 13, 2018
  31. ^ Milligan, Mercedes (March 6, 2019). "Baobab Announces 'Bonfire' VR Voice Starring Ali Wong". Animation Magazine. Archived from the original on June 23, 2021. Retrieved March 10, 2022.
  32. ^ "Correction: Book Review-Dear Girls story". AP NEWS. October 23, 2019.
  33. ^ Archived at Ghostarchive and the Wayback Machine: "Ali Wong - Lessons for Her Daughters in "Dear Girls" and Life as a Female Comic | The Daily Show". YouTube.
  34. ^ Wong, Ali (2019). Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life. ISBN 978-0525508830.
  35. ^ "Best Humor 2019". Goodreads Choice Awards. Retrieved February 19, 2023.
  36. ^ "Don Wong' Completes Ali Wong's Flawless Comedy Trilogy". February 17, 2022.
  37. ^ Wong, Gerrye (December 9, 2014). "On the Scene December 9 Holidaze: Happy Occasions". 丁丁網路電視 Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  38. ^ Liu, Jennifer (October 14, 2019). "Why Ali Wong says getting a prenup was 'one of the greatest things that ever happened to me and my career'". CNBC. Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  39. ^ "Comedian Ali Wong on having a miscarriage: 'Some people have insensitive reactions'". Retrieved May 9, 2021.
  40. ^ Goldstein, Joelle; Najib, Shafiq (April 12, 2022). "Ali Wong And Husband Justin Hakuta Are Divorcing After 8 Years of Marriage". People. Retrieved April 12, 2022.
  41. ^ Kirkpatrick, Emily (April 12, 2022). "Ali Wong and Husband Justin Hakuta Divorce After 8 Years of Marriage". Vanity Fair. Retrieved November 30, 2022.
  42. ^ Sun, Rebecca (March 1, 2023). "Ali Wong Gets Dramatic". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved March 2, 2023.
  43. ^ Ramos, Dino-Ray (March 10, 2023). "RECAP: 'RuPaul's Drag Race' Season 15 Episode 11: Are You Shreddy For Some Comedy?". Retrieved March 14, 2023.
  44. ^ "Untucked: Two Queens, One Joke". March 10, 2023. Retrieved March 14, 2023.

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