Ronny Chieng

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Ronny Chieng
RONNY CHIENG (1-28 screenshot).jpg
Chieng in May 2018
Born (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 36)
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
OccupationComedian, actor
Years active2009–present
Hannah Pham
(m. 2016)

Ronny Xin Yi Chieng (Chinese: 錢信伊; pinyin: Qián Xìnyī; born 21 November 1985) is a Malaysian comedian and actor. He is currently a senior correspondent on Comedy Central's The Daily Show and the creator and star of the ABC Australia sitcom Ronny Chieng: International Student.

Early life[edit]

Ronny Xin Yi Chieng was born into a Malaysian Chinese family in Johor Bahru on 21 November 1985.[1][2][3] He grew up in both Singapore and the United States; from 1989 to 1994, he lived in Manchester, New Hampshire.[4][5] In his youth, he was a Singapore Sea Scout.[6] When he lived in Johor Bahru, he commuted to Fuchun Primary School in neighbouring Singapore.[6] He subsequently attended Pioneer Secondary School and Pioneer Junior College in Singapore.[7] He attended the University of Melbourne in Australia, living at Trinity College and graduating in 2009 with a BComm in finance and an LL.B. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University in 2012.[8]


Chieng performed with Trevor Noah in 2013 at an Australian comedy festival in Melbourne.[9][10] In 2015, he was asked to audition for the correspondent role on The Daily Show, which Noah hosts.[9] In July 2016, he was named one of 10 Comics to Watch by Variety.[11] Three months later, he had a segment on The Daily Show in which he gave an expletive-laden criticism of a Jesse Watters clip on Fox News deemed by many as racist. He also revisited New York City's Chinatown neighborhood, where Watters had mocked residents, and conducted more respectful interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese.[12] The video went viral and received coverage in The Washington Post and on Slate.[13][14]

In 2017, Chieng began co-writing and starring in the sitcom Ronny Chieng: International Student, based on his own experience as a Malaysian student in Australia.[15] It was developed for Comedy Central in America and ABC TV in Australia.[2][3] In 2018, he made his film debut in Crazy Rich Asians, as Eddie Cheng, an obnoxious banker.[16][17]

In 2019, his first stand-up special with Netflix, Asian Comedian Destroys America!, was released,[17][18] directed by his Daily Show collaborator Sebastian DiNatale.[19] In early 2021, Chieng signed a deal with Netflix for two additional stand-up specials and a "docu-comedy."[20] He also appeared as the original character Jon Jon in the Marvel Studios film Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings,[21][22] and it was announced that Chieng and DiNatale will co-write a martial arts action-comedy film for Sony.[19]

The new "docu-comedy", titled Ronny Chieng Takes Chinatown, was released in 2022 and co-stars YouTuber David Fung, with guest appearances from fellow Shang-Chi actor Simu Liu and professional NBA player Jeremy Lin.[23] Chieng's second Netflix special, Speakeasy, was released on 5 April 2022.[24][25]

Personal life[edit]

Chieng has lived in New York City since moving to the U.S. in 2015.[26] He is married to Hannah Pham.[27] Although he lived in Australia for a decade, he does not have citizenship or permanent residency status there.[28][29] He practises Brazilian jiujitsu and holds the rank of blue belt.[6]

In 2018, Chieng joked that he had a fear of dogs on The Daily Show,[30] but later clarified in an interview that he was "100% not scared of dogs".[31] He is an avid collector of watches, an interest that first began with a Seiko 5 that he purchased during his university years in Australia. His watch collection was featured on an episode of the Hodinkee series Talking Watches and includes a rare variant of the Seiko Chronograph Ref. 6139-6010 (widely acknowledged as being worn by Bruce Lee) and a vintage GMT-Master Ref. 16753 "Root Beer".[32] Another of his watches, a two-tone Rolex dated to 1984 that he inherited from his late father, appeared on an episode of Antiques Roadshow and was valued at $5,000.[33]


Comedy specials[edit]

Year Title Distributor
2019 Asian Comedian Destroys America! Netflix
2022 Speakeasy Netflix


Year Title Role Notes
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Edison "Eddie" Cheng
2021 Wish Dragon Pipa God
2021 Bliss Kendo
2021 Long Story Short Sam
2021 Trust Adam
2021 Godzilla vs. Kong Jay Wayne
2021 Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Jon Jon
2022 Helvellyn Edge AC Sloan [21][34]


Year Title Role Notes
2012 Problems Mr. Meowgi 4 episodes
2013–2014 Legally Brown Various 13 episodes
2013–2014 It's a Date Winston 2 episodes
2013–2014 Have You Been Paying Attention? Himself 3 episodes
2014 This is Littleton Various Characters 4 episodes
2015–present The Daily Show Himself (correspondent)
2016 Comedy Showroom Himself 1 episode
2016 The Katering Show Himself 1 episode
2017 Ronny Chieng: International Student Himself 7 episodes
2018–present Scissor Seven Seven 20 episodes
2020 Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun Himself Voice
2021 Young Rock Greg Yao
2021 Doogie Kameāloha, M.D. Dr. Lee
2021 Ten Year Old Tom Pete Episode: "Tom Urinates on Boston/First Responder"
TBA Super Simple Love Story Harris


Melbourne Comedy Festival[edit]

Year Award Result
2012 Best Newcomer Award Won
2014 Directors' Choice Award Won

Sydney Comedy Festival[edit]

Year Award Result
2013 Best of the Fest Nominated
2014 Best of the Fest Won

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Title Award Result Ref.
2014 The Ron Way Best Comedy Release Nominated [35]
2015 Chieng Reaction Best Comedy Release Nominated


  1. ^ @ronnychieng (21 November 2015). "My 30th birthday cake is making it rain..." – via Instagram.
  2. ^ a b Hunt, Elle (27 April 2016). "'Watch it before I get sued': The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng on his new pilot". The Guardian.
  3. ^ a b DiClaudio, Dennis (5 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng lands his own Comedy Central series". AV Club.
  4. ^ Greenough, Jason (8 February 2019). "Ronny Chieng's 'Daily' grind leads him back to Boston". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  5. ^ "Ronny Chieng: 'This Is For The Rich People'". 2 November 2018. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  6. ^ a b c "Singapore or Malaysia? We made Crazy Rich Asians' Ronny Chieng choose | CNA Lifestyle". Retrieved 15 January 2020 – via YouTube.
  7. ^ 林佳憓, 文 / (20 April 2017). "这里是否留下你的光辉岁月?". (in Simplified Chinese). Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  8. ^ "About Me". Ronny Chieng. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  9. ^ a b Ronny Chieng on "Crazy Rich Asians" and Representation in Hollywood | Amanpour and Company, retrieved 15 January 2020
  10. ^ Marikar, Sheila (2 December 2019). "Ronny Chieng Defends Dangerous Comedy". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  11. ^ "10 Comics to Watch 2016". Variety. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  12. ^ "The O'Reilly Factor Gets Racist in Chinatown". Comedy Central. 6 October 2016.
  13. ^ Wemple, Erik (7 October 2016). "'The Daily Show' raps Jesse Watters, Fox News for racist segment on Chinatown". The Washington Post.
  14. ^ Martinelli, Marissa (7 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng Went to Chinatown, Delivered the Perfect Corrective to Fox News' Racist Segment".
  15. ^ Brown, Simon Leo (31 March 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng returns to 'home ground' for Melbourne comedy festival". Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
  16. ^ Ford, Rebecca (24 April 2017). "'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  17. ^ a b Kuga, Mitchell (17 December 2019). "Ronny Chieng Can Even Make This Year's News Funny". T. The New York Times. Retrieved 13 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  18. ^ Sherman, Elisabeth (20 December 2019). "The Best Part of Ronny Chieng's Netflix Comedy Special". Vulture. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  19. ^ a b Galuppo, Mia (15 July 2021). "Ronny Chieng Sets Martial Arts Comedy at Sony (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 July 2021.
  20. ^ Turchiano, Danielle (24 February 2021). "Ronny Chieng Inks Netflix Deal for Three Comedy Specials (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved 13 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  21. ^ a b "Ronny Chieng joins 'Shang Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings' (Exclusive)". Discussing Film. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  22. ^ "'Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings' Pushes Back Release Date as Part of Massive Disney Shuffle". TheWrap. 23 March 2021. Retrieved 11 April 2021.
  23. ^ Cai, Delia (21 April 2022). ""Let's Just Be Funny. Let's Not Teach People Anything": Ronny Chieng Will Use His Platform However He Sees Fit, Thank You". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 13 September 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  24. ^ Reese, Ashley (30 March 2022). "Ronny Chieng Cleans Up Nicely In the Trailer for His New Special". Netflix Tudum. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  25. ^ McCarthy, Sean L. (5 April 2022). "'Ronny Chieng Speakeasy' Netflix Review: Stream It or Skip It?". Decider. Retrieved 9 April 2022.
  26. ^ "Ronny Chieng | Bio | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah". Comedy Central. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  27. ^ Luisa Paúl, María (15 April 2022). "Ali Wong announces divorce from her husband — but media got the #WrongAsian". The Washington Post. Retrieved 13 September 2022. In 2019, “Crazy Rich Asians” actor Ronny Chieng called out People magazine for confusing him and his wife, Hannah Pham, as Park and Jae W. Suh.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  28. ^ Taras, Nick (April 2015). "Ronny Chieng". Retrieved 11 February 2022.
  29. ^ Maddox, Garry (3 September 2015). "Ronny Chieng named as correspondent on the new Daily Show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  30. ^ "The Daily Show LIVE: A Conversation with Trevor Noah and the World's Fakest News Team", The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 4 June 2018, retrieved 4 June 2018 – via YouTube
  31. ^ Lay, Belmont (15 November 2019). "Comedian Ronny Chieng's fondest memories in S'pore? Playing basketball at night in Jurong in the 90s". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  32. ^ Bues, Jon (23 September 2021). "Talking Watches With Ronny Chieng, Actor, Comedian, And 'Daily Show' Correspondent". Hodinkee. Retrieved 3 October 2021.
  33. ^ "Appraisals: Actor Ronny Chieng Celebrity Edition, Hour 3 Antiques Roadshow PBS", The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, 23 June 2021, retrieved 3 October 2021 – via YouTube
  34. ^ Paige, Rachel (10 December 2020). "'Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings' Reveals Additional Cast".
  35. ^ "ARIA Awards Best Comedy Release". Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA). Retrieved 17 April 2022.

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