Ali Wong

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Ali Wong
Ali Wong smiling
Wong in 2012
Born
Alexandra Wong

(1982-04-19) April 19, 1982 (age 37)
ResidenceLos Angeles, California, U.S.
Alma materUniversity of California, Los Angeles
OccupationActress, comedian, writer
Years active2005–present
Spouse(s)
Justin Hakuta (m. 2014)
Children2
RelativesKen Hakuta (father-in-law)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Alexandra Wong (born April 19, 1982)[1][2] is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and writer.[3][4] She is noted for her Netflix stand-up specials Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife. 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 voiced title character Roberta “Bertie” Songthrush, a polite songbird and aspiring baker on the critically acclaimed animated series Tuca & Bertie and new student “Ali” on hit series Big Mouth.

Early life[edit]

Wong was born in the Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, California, the youngest of four children.[1][5] Her father, Adolphus Wong,[6] was an American-born citizen and physician who worked for Kaiser Permanente for 30 years. His ancestors were from China. Her mother, Tam "Tammy" Wong, emigrated in 1960 to the United States from Huế, Central Vietnam.[7][8]

In 2000, Wong graduated from San Francisco University High School,[9] where she was student body class president.[10] 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,[11] the country's largest and oldest Asian-American theater company.[12] 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.[1] In 2004, she graduated with a B.A.

Career[edit]

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.[13]

In 2011, Variety named her one of the "10 Comics to Watch".[3] 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.[14] 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.[2]

In 2014, Wong played Dr. Lina Lark in the ABC medical drama series Black Box, opposite Kelly Reilly and Vanessa Redgrave.[15][16] 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.[17]

On Mother's Day 2016,[18] Netflix released a stand-up special called Baby Cobra which was filmed in September 2015 when Wong was 7 months pregnant with her first child[19] at the Neptune Theater in Seattle.[5][13][20] 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."[21] On September 11, 2016, Wong spoke at, and walked the runway during New York Fashion Week for Opening Ceremony's show.[22] 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, called Hard Knock Wife, was released. It was filmed in late September 2017 at the Winter Garden Theatre in Toronto when she was 7 months pregnant with her second child.[23][24]

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.[25][26] She dubs it as a life guide for her two daughters to read when they're adults.[27]

Personal life[edit]

Wong lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Justin Hakuta, the son of inventor and TV personality Ken Hakuta.[28] Justin Hakuta is half Filipino and half Japanese, of Korean descent.[8] They met at a wedding of mutual friends in 2010. Justin holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and is vice president of product at healthcare startup GoodRx.[29] They married in 2014 and had a daughter in November 2015, born via emergency Caesarean section after a 24-hour labor.[19] Wong gave birth to their second daughter in December 2017.

Filmography[edit]

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–present 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 Tuca & Bertie Bertie (voice) 10 episodes
2019 Always Be My Maybe Sasha Tran Also writer and producer
2019 Big Mouth Ali 3 episodes
2020 Birds of Prey To be announced Post-production

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 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"

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Wong, Ali (Winter 2004). "Discoveries Terrible and Magnificent" (PDF). Asian American Studies 116. UCLA. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ a b Shady, Justin (July 26, 2011). "Ali Wong: Spitfire standup embraces dark". Variety. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  4. ^ Molyneaux, Libby (October 3, 2013). "Ali Wong: L.A.'s Raunchiest Vietnamese-Chinese-American Standup Comic". LA Weekly. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  5. ^ a b Maron, Marc (May 5, 2016). "Episode 704 - Ali Wong". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  6. ^ "Adolphus Wong Obituary". SF Chronicle.
  7. ^ "Adolphus A Wong mentioned in the record of Adolphus A Wong and Tam T Nguyen". FamilySearch. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  8. ^ a b Wong, Ali. "Baby Cobra". Netflix.
  9. ^ "San Francisco University High School Podcasts: IV. Ali Wong (1:02.45) Adorably Inappropriate". San Francisco University High School. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Tseng, Ada (June 8, 2015). "Get to Know Stand-Up Comedienne & 'Fresh Off the Boat' Writer Ali Wong". Audrey. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "LCC Theatre Company at UCLA". lcctheatre.com.
  12. ^ "Ali Wong: Q&A". LCC Theatre Company at UCLA. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  13. ^ 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.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (August 25, 2008). "Ali Wong Joins New NBC Comedy 'Are You There Vodka' As Regular". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  15. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (October 4, 2013). "ABC Series 'The Black Box' Adds Trio". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  16. ^ 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. Retrieved January 29, 2014.
  17. ^ Collins, Scott (8 April 2015). "'Fresh Off the Boat' writer Eddie Huang slams ABC comedy hit". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved May 9, 2016.
  18. ^ Fox, Jesse David (May 9, 2016). "Appreciating Ali Wong's Powerful Pregnancy Joke in Baby Cobra". Vulture. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  19. ^ a b Kovan, Brianna (May 6, 2016). "Ali Wong Did a One-Hour Comedy Special While Seven Months Pregnant, DGAF". ELLE. Retrieved May 10, 2016.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Choi, Mary (May 30, 2016). "Talking Pregnancy and Prostate Stimulation With Ali Wong". New York Magazine.
  22. ^ "Opening Ceremony's Funny, Political Show Redeemed Fashion Week". The Cut. Retrieved October 16, 2016.
  23. ^ "Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife | Netflix Official Site". www.netflix.com. Retrieved 2018-05-13.
  24. ^ Karas, Jay (2018-05-13), Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife, Ali Wong, retrieved 2018-05-13
  25. ^ https://www.apnews.com/cf3464eb21804669a36f3ee34be508db
  26. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ITM6ZHPQlmU
  27. ^ https://www.amazon.com/Dear-Girls-Intimate-Untold-Secrets/dp/052550883X
  28. ^ Wong, Gerrye (9 December 2014). "On the Scene December 9 Holidaze: Happy Occasions". 丁丁網路電視 Dingding.tv. Archived from the original on 16 August 2016. Retrieved May 8, 2016.
  29. ^ "Justin Hakuta Professional Career". Earn The Necklace. 2017-08-04. Retrieved 2018-08-21.

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