Nigel Ng

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Nigel Ng
Nigel Ng, 2020-11-14 A (crop).jpg
Nigel Ng as Uncle Roger in Stockholm, Sweden, November 2020
Born (1991-03-15) 15 March 1991 (age 30)
EducationNorthwestern University
Alma materNorthwestern University
Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur
OccupationComedian, Vlogger, Content Creator
Known forUncle Roger
RelativesYoki Ng (黃永琪, sister)
Gary Ng (brother)
YouTube information
Subscribers4.40 million[1]
Total views320 million[1]
YouTube Silver Play Button 2.svg 100,000 subscribers
YouTube Gold Play Button 2.svg 1,000,000 subscribers

Updated: 18 October 2021 Edit this at Wikidata

Nigel Ng (/ˈnəl əŋ/; simplified Chinese: 黄瑾瑜; traditional Chinese: 黃瑾瑜; pinyin: Huáng Jǐnyú; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: N̂g Kín-jû;[2] born 15 March 1991),[3][4] better known by his online persona Uncle Roger, is a Malaysian Chinese stand-up comedian and Internet celebrity based in London, United Kingdom.[5][6]

Early life[edit]

Ng was born in Kuala Lumpur to Malaysian Chinese parents of Hokkien ancestry.[7][8] Ng's father is a businessman selling cars and his mother is a full time housewife.[9] Ng has a sister, Yoki Ng who is a professional harmonicist back home in Malaysia’s musical scene.[6] He also has a brother Garry Kou.[10]

After graduating from Chong Hwa Independent High School, Kuala Lumpur in 2009, he studied at Northwestern University, majoring in engineering and minoring in philosophy, graduating in 2014.[8] Ng has worked as a data scientist and has a GitHub page.[11]


Ng is a fan of Hong Kong comic actor Stephen Chow, and cites Chow's films as having inspired him to become a comedian.[9]

Ng won the Amused Moose Laugh-Off 2016 and was runner-up in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2015. He was also a finalist in the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year (2016) and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year (2015).[12][13] Ng was nominated for the "Best Newcomer Award" for his stand-up comedy show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2019.[14][15]

Ng made his TV debut in 2018 on Comedy Central's Stand Up Central.[16][17]

He hosts the comedy podcast Rice to Meet You with UK-based Swedish comedian Evelyn Mok.[6][18][19]

In 2021, he appeared on the first episode of Mock the Week Series 19, a British comedy show on BBC Two.[20]

Uncle Roger[edit]

Ng has become best known for his comedic persona Uncle Roger, who speaks with a pronounced Cantonese accent and prides himself on many East Asian stereotypes.[6] His comedy partner Evelyn Mok came up with the middle-aged Asian uncle character for a sitcom with Ng in mind, and Ng further developed the character on TikTok and Instagram sketches before moving the character onto YouTube.[21]

In July 2020, Ng attracted attention for his YouTube video critique of Hersha Patel's BBC Food video on cooking egg-fried rice in the Uncle Roger persona.[22] After the video went viral, Ng and Patel appeared on BBC together.[2] Ng has also collaborated with Patel on a YouTube video.[23] In September 2020, he posted a critique video with regards to Gordon Ramsay's fried rice cooking, in which he praised Ramsay for his correct technique.[24] He has also created a critique video of Jamie Oliver, criticizing him for his faulty method of cooking. He has made it clear that he does not want any of his viewers to spread hate towards anyone.

In March 2021, Ng visited the fabled Chef Wan's restaurant back in Malaysia to make his YouTube video shoot.[25]

Entering China[edit]

On 2 January 2021, Ng uploaded his first Chinese video in Bilibili, a video sharing website in China.[26] On 12 January, Ng apologized on the China social media platform Sina Weibo and deleted a video featuring fellow YouTube star Mike Chen (陈兴)[27] who had been critical of the Communist Party of China, and who had been associated with Falun Gong.[28] Ng stated, "This video has made a bad social impact...I wasn't aware of his political thoughts and his past incorrect remarks about China...I hope you can give Uncle Roger, who has just entered China, a chance to improve!"[29] Ng's move attracted criticism on Twitter. One user wrote that the comedian was "disgracefully sacrificing his basic morality to pander to his China fans."[30] In his first subsequent video as Uncle Roger, he said he would "keep making funny videos – no politics, no drama".[6][31]


  1. ^ a b "About mrnigelng". YouTube.
  2. ^ a b "BBC不懂煮饭?网红吐嘈影片爆红 片中主角一同接受访问". BBC News 中文 (in Chinese). 29 July 2020. Retrieved 2 August 2020.
  3. ^ Sathiabalan, S. Indra (29 October 2019). "Ng's a cracking success". The Sun Daily.
  4. ^ Ng, Nigel (15 March 2011). "@njkian Thank you!!!!!! It's my birthday. I better churn out something impressive". Twitter.
  5. ^ 南博一. "吐槽"BBC蛋炒饭"成名网红在伦敦街头无故遭殴打". 澎湃新闻 (in Chinese). Retrieved 18 February 2021.
  6. ^ a b c d e Carla Thomas (15 January 2021). "The real Uncle Roger: who is Malaysian comedian Nigel Ng, behind the YouTube sensation forever remembered for mocking the BBC's approach to fried rice?". SCMP. Retrieved 15 January 2021.
  7. ^ Lo, Ricky (14 October 2019). "Two Pinoys among 12 Asians in Stand-Up, Asia! Season 4". The Philippine Star.
  8. ^ a b Ngeow, Ivy (7 June 2018). "Interview with Nigel Ng: Malaysian Comedy Sensation – WRITE NGEOW". Retrieved 20 July 2020.
  9. ^ a b 崔斯也. "脱口秀演员黄瑾瑜:人人都爱Uncle Roger". 新周刊. Retrieved 9 September 2021.
  10. ^ Testing Jokes On My Brother * Nigel Ng * Comedians In Quarantine UK. Comedy Central Asia. 30 July 2020. Retrieved 15 January 2021 – via Facebook.
  11. ^ "nigeljyng - Overview". GitHub. Retrieved 6 September 2020.
  12. ^ "Nigel Ng". Backyard Comedy Club. 2 August 2015.
  13. ^ "Nigel Ng". Off the Kerb.
  14. ^ "Here are your nominees for best show and best newcomer at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe Festival". The Comic's Comic. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  15. ^ "Edinburgh Comedy awards 2019: surrealists, standups and sausage act vie for prize". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  16. ^ "Interview with Nigel Ng: Malaysian Comedy Sensation". LinkedIn. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  17. ^ "Chinese comedy on the rise in Britain". China Daily. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  18. ^ "Rice To Meet You Podcast". Rice To Meet You Podcast.
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Why Uncle Roger's throwaway racism can do real damage". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. 24 January 2021.
  21. ^ Thomas, Carla (15 January 2021). "The real Uncle Roger: 6 things to know about comedian Nigel Ng". South China Morning Post. Retrieved 20 January 2021.
  22. ^ Chalil, Melanie (24 July 2020). "UK-based Malaysian comedian roasts BBC Food host for cooking rice wrongly in fried rice tutorial (VIDEO) | Malay Mail". Malay Mail.
  23. ^ "Uncle Roger Meet Egg Fried Rice Lady (@Hersha Patel)". YouTube.
  24. ^ Sholihyn, Ilyas (22 September 2020). "Gordon Ramsay responds to glowing seal of approval by Uncle Roger for nasi goreng cooking video". AsiaOne. Retrieved 23 September 2020.
  25. ^ Nigel Ng (7 March 2021). Uncle Roger Roasted by Celebrity Chef (ft. Chef Wan). MrNigelNg. Retrieved 7 March 2021 – via YouTube.
  26. ^ Ng, Nigel. "华裔疯狂吐槽BBC蛋炒饭,你们的罗杰叔叔来了!". Bilibili (in Chinese). Retrieved 23 March 2021.
  27. ^ 王强. "马来西亚华裔网红对误同"法轮功"邪教背景人员合作向网友致歉". 中国反邪教网 (in Chinese). Retrieved 8 February 2021.
  28. ^ "Uncle Roger comedian deletes video with China critic". BBC News. 13 January 2021. Retrieved 20 February 2021.
  29. ^ Ng, Nigel (12 January 2021). "Apology Statement". Sina Weibo. Retrieved 14 February 2021.
  30. ^ Grundy, Tom (12 January 2021). "'Uncle Roger' apologises and deletes video featuring fellow YouTube star who criticised China". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 13 January 2021.
  31. ^ Chau, Candice (18 January 2021). "I'm 'not bowing down to anyone': Uncle Roger comic urges 'no politics' after deleting YouTube vid starring Beijing critic". Hong Kong Free Press HKFP. Retrieved 18 January 2021.

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