Wong in 2012
Alexandra Dawn Wong
April 19, 1982
|Alma mater||University of California, Los Angeles|
|Relatives||Ken Hakuta (father-in-law)|
Alexandra Dawn "Ali" Wong (born April 19, 1982) is an American comedian, actress and writer. She is noted for her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, both of which received critical acclaim. She is also known for her leading film role in the 2019 film Always Be My Maybe, which she produced and wrote with her co-star Randall Park. She is currently a main cast member on the ABC television show American Housewife. Previously, she appeared on Are You There, Chelsea?, Inside Amy Schumer, and Black Box. She also wrote for the first three seasons of the sitcom Fresh Off the Boat. Wong voices title character Roberta "Bertie" Songthrush, a polite songbird and aspiring baker on the critically acclaimed animated series Tuca & Bertie and new student "Ali" on the hit series Big Mouth.
Wong was born in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, the youngest of four children. Her father, Adolphus Wong, was a Chinese-American anesthesiologist who worked for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years. Her mother, Tam "Tammy" Wong, immigrated in 1960 to the United States from Huế, South Vietnam and was a social worker.
In 2000, Wong graduated from San Francisco University High School, where she was student body class president. 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 Theatre Company, the country's largest and oldest Asian-American collegiate theater company. She spent a summer working at The Lair of the Golden Bear, a UC Berkeley alumni summer family camp and, during her junior year, spent time in Hanoi, Vietnam.
2011–2013: Career beginnings
After graduating from college, 23-year-old Wong tried stand-up comedy at Brainwash Cafe. She soon moved to New York City to pursue comedy, and began to perform up to nine times a night.
In 2011, Variety named her one of the "10 Comics to Watch". 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. 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.
2014–present: Fresh off the Boat and Netflix
In 2014, Wong played Dr. Lina Lark in the ABC medical drama series Black Box, opposite Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave. 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. Randall Park, who is on the main cast, had suggested Wong for the writing role.
On Mother's Day 2016, 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 at the Neptune Theater in Seattle. 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." On September 11, 2016, Wong spoke at, and walked the runway during New York Fashion Week for Opening Ceremony's show. In October 2016, Wong began starring in the main cast of 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.
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. Wong voiced the titular character Bertie in the Netflix animated show Tuca & Bertie. On October 15, 2019, Wong came out with a book entitled Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets and Advice for Living Your Best Life. She dubs it as a life guide for her two daughters to read when they're adults.
Wong lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Justin Hakuta, the son of inventor and TV personality Ken Hakuta. Justin Hakuta is half Filipino and half Japanese. They met at a wedding of mutual friends in 2010. He has an MBA from Harvard Business School and was the vice president of product at healthcare startup GoodRx. They married in 2014 and have two daughters. Wong has been open in her standup comedy and to the media about miscarrying twins prior to getting pregnant with her first daughter Mari. She said that joking about her miscarriage helped her cope.
|2011||Breaking In||Ana Ng||3 episodes|
|2012||Are You There, Chelsea?||Olivia||12 episodes|
|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–present||American Housewife||Doris||Series regular|
|2017||Fresh Off the Boat||Margot||Episode: "The Flush"|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||General Olivia (Voice)|
|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–present||Tuca & Bertie||Bertie (voice)||10 episodes|
|2019||Always Be My Maybe||Sasha Tran||Also writer and producer|
|2019-present||Big Mouth||Ali||3 episodes|
|2020||Birds of Prey||Ellen Yee|
|2020||Love, Victor||Ms. Thomas||Recurring role|
|2020||Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Candace Against the Universe||Super Super Big Doctor (voice)|
|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||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 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"|
- (2016) – Interview with Wong on Fresh Air with Terry Gross
- (2019) – Excerpts from her book Dear Girls
- Wong, Ali (Winter 2004). "Discoveries Terrible and Magnificent" (PDF). Asian American Studies 116. UCLA. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
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- "Ali Wong: The 100 Most Influential People of 2020". Time. Retrieved September 23, 2020.
- Maron, Marc (May 5, 2016). "Episode 704 - Ali Wong". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- "Adolphus Wong Obituary". SF Chronicle.
- Wong, Ali. "Baby Cobra". Netflix.
- 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.
- "San Francisco University High School Podcasts: IV. Ali Wong (1:02.45) Adorably Inappropriate". San Francisco University High School. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
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- "LCC Theatre Company at UCLA". lcctheatre.com.
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- Levy, Ariel (September 26, 2016). "Ali Wong's Radical Raunch". The New Yorker (OCTOBER 3, 2016 ISSUE). Retrieved February 16, 2020.
- Nepales, Ruben V. (June 13, 2019). "Randall Park and Ali Wong talk about their rom-com's Asian–and Filipino–pedigree". Philippine Daily Inquirer. Inquirer.net. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
- Miller, Julie (April 25, 2019). "How Ali Wong Became Comedy's Queen Mom". Vanity Fair. Retrieved February 16, 2020.
- 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.
- Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2008). "Ali Wong Joins New NBC Comedy 'Are You There Vodka' As Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2013). "ABC Series 'The Black Box' Adds Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
- 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.
- Collins, Scott (April 8, 2015). "'Fresh Off the Boat' writer Eddie Huang slams ABC comedy hit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
- Fox, Jesse David (May 9, 2016). "Appreciating Ali Wong's Powerful Pregnancy Joke in Baby Cobra". Vulture. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
- Kovan, Brianna (May 6, 2016). "Ali Wong Did a One-Hour Comedy Special While Seven Months Pregnant, DGAF". ELLE. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
- 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.
- Choi, Mary (May 30, 2016). "Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong". New York Magazine.
- "Opening Ceremony's Funny, Political Show Redeemed Fashion Week". The Cut. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
- "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved May 13, 2018.
- Karas, Jay (May 13, 2018), Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong, retrieved May 13, 2018
- "Correction: Book Review-Dear Girls story". AP NEWS. October 23, 2019.
- Wong, Ali (2019). Dear Girls: Intimate Tales, Untold Secrets, and Advice for Living Your Best Life. ISBN 978-0525508830.
- Wong, Gerrye (December 9, 2014). "On the Scene December 9 Holidaze: Happy Occasions". 丁丁網路電視 Dingding.tv. Archived from the original on August 16, 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
- "Justin Hakuta Professional Career". Earn The Necklace. August 4, 2017. Retrieved August 21, 2018.
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