Ronny Chieng

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Ronny Chieng
RONNY CHIENG (1-28 screenshot).jpg
Chieng in 2018
Birth nameRonny Xin Yi Chieng
Native name錢信伊
Born (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 35)
Johor Bahru, Johor, Malaysia
Medium
  • Stand-up
  • radio
  • television
Alma mater
Years active2009–present
Spouse
Hannah Pham
(m. 2016)
Websitewww.ronnychieng.com Edit this at Wikidata

Ronny Xin Yi Chieng (Chinese: 錢信伊; pinyin: Qián Xìnyī; born 21 November 1985)[1] is a Malaysian comedian and actor.[2] Chieng is currently a senior correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central and creator and star of the sitcom Ronny Chieng: International Student which premiered on ABC (Australia) and Comedy Central Asia in 2017.

Early life and education[edit]

Chieng was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to a Malaysian Chinese family.[3][4] He grew up in both Singapore and Manchester, New Hampshire, in the United States.[5][6]

When he lived in Johor Bahru, he commuted to Fuchun Primary School in neighboring Singapore.[7] He subsequently attended Pioneer Secondary School and Pioneer Junior College in Singapore.[8] He attended the University of Melbourne in Australia, living at Trinity College. He graduated in 2009 with Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws degrees. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University in 2012.[9]

Career[edit]

Chieng performed with Trevor Noah in 2013 at a comedy festival in Melbourne, Australia.[10][11] Two years later, he was asked to audition for the correspondent role on The Daily Show, which Noah hosts.[10]

In July 2016, he was named one of 10 Comics to Watch by Variety.[12]

Viral response to Fox News segment[edit]

In October 2016, Chieng appeared on The Daily Show to give his response to a Jesse Watters Fox News segment deemed by many as racist. Chieng aired an expletive-laden criticism of the conservative network's segment. He also revisited New York City's Chinatown, where Watters had mocked residents, and conducted more respectful interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese.[13] The video went viral and received coverage in the Washington Post and Slate.[14][15]

Projects[edit]

In 2016, Chieng co-wrote and starred in the pilot of a sitcom called Ronny Chieng: International Student, based on his own experience as a Malaysian student in Australia. It was developed into a series for Comedy Central in America and ABC TV in Australia and screened in June 2017.[3][4]

In 2018, he made his American feature debut with the film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding.[16]

In 2019, Netflix started streaming his stand-up special, "Asian Comedian Destroys America!", where he jokes about consumerism, racism and immigrants.[17]

In April 2020, Chieng was cast in Marvel's Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.[18] The movie is directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and scheduled to hit theaters on September 3, 2021.[19]

Personal life[edit]

In his youth, Chieng was a Singapore Sea Scout.[7]

Despite living in Australia for a decade, he does not have citizenship or permanent residency status in Australia.[20][21]

Chieng has been living in New York City since 2015.[22] He married Vietnamese-Australian Hannah Pham on September 9, 2016. In 2018, Chieng joked that he was cynophobic[23] on the Daily Show, but later clarified in an interview that he was "100 per cent not scared of dogs".[24]

Filmography[edit]

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Problems Mr. Meowgi 4 episodes
2013–14 Legally Brown Various 13 episodes
It's a Date Winston 2 episodes
Have You Been Paying Attention? Himself 3 episodes
2014 This is Littleton Various characters 4 episodes
2015–present The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Himself (correspondent)
2016 Comedy Showroom Himself 1 episode
The Katering Show Himself 1 episode
2017 Ronny Chieng: International Student Himself 7 episodes
2018–present Scissor Seven Seven 20 episodes
2019 Asian Comedian Destroys America! Himself Netflix stand-up special[25]
2020 Aunty Donna's Big Ol' House of Fun Himself Voice Cameo
2021 Young Rock Greg Yao
TBA Super Simple Love Story Harris Main role

Films[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Edison "Eddie" Cheng
2021 Wish Dragon Pipa God
Bliss Kendo
Long Story Short Sam
Trust Adam
Godzilla vs. Kong Jay Wayne
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Jon Jon [26][27]

Awards[edit]

Melbourne International 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 [Local] Nominated
2014 Best of the Fest [Local] Won

ARIA Music Awards[edit]

Year Title Award Result Lost to
2014 The Ron Way Best Comedy Release Nominated Buddy Goode - It's A Buddy Goode Christmas
2015 Chieng Reaction Best Comedy Release Nominated Matt Okine - Live At The Enmore Theatre

References[edit]

  1. ^ @ronnychieng (21 November 2015). "My 30th birthday cake is making it rain..." – via Instagram.
  2. ^ Brown, Simon Leo (31 March 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng returns to 'home ground' for Melbourne comedy festival". abc.net.au.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ a b DiClaudio, Dennis (5 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng lands his own Comedy Central series". AV Club.
  5. ^ Greenough, Jason (8 February 2019). "Ronny Chieng's 'Daily' grind leads him back to Boston". Vanyaland.com. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Ronny Chieng: 'This Is For The Rich People'". NPR.org. Retrieved 15 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b "Singapore or Malaysia? We made Crazy Rich Asians' Ronny Chieng choose | CNA Lifestyle". Retrieved 15 January 2020 – via YouTube.
  8. ^ 林佳憓, 文 / (20 April 2017). "这里是否留下你的光辉岁月?". zaobao.com.sg (in Chinese). Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ "About Me". RonnieChieng.com. Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  10. ^ a b Ronny Chieng on "Crazy Rich Asians" and Representation in Hollywood | Amanpour and Company, retrieved 15 January 2020
  11. ^ Marikar, Sheila (2 December 2019). "Ronny Chieng Defends Dangerous Comedy". ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved 16 January 2020.
  12. ^ "10 Comics to Watch 2016". Variety. 20 July 2016. Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  13. ^ "The O'Reilly Factor Gets Racist in Chinatown". cc.com. 6 October 2016.
  14. ^ Wemple, Erik (7 October 2016). "'The Daily Show' raps Jesse Watters, Fox News for racist segment on Chinatown". Washington Post.
  15. ^ Martinelli, Marissa (7 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng Went to Chinatown, Delivered the Perfect Corrective to Fox News' Racist Segment". Slate.
  16. ^ Ford, Rebecca (24 April 2017). "'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  17. ^ Sherman, Elisabeth (20 December 2019). "The Best Part of Ronny Chieng's Netflix Comedy Special". Vulture. Retrieved 21 December 2019.
  18. ^ "Ronny Chieng joins 'Shang Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings' (Exclusive)". Discussing Film. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  19. ^ "'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.
  20. ^ Ronny Chieng
  21. ^ Maddox, Garry (3 September 2015). "Ronny Chieng named as correspondent on the new Daily Show". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  22. ^ "Ronny Chieng | Bio | The Daily Show with Trevor Noah | Comedy Central". Comedy Central Press Site. Retrieved 22 December 2019.
  23. ^ The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (4 June 2018), The Daily Show LIVE: A Conversation with Trevor Noah and the World’s Fakest News Team, retrieved 4 June 2018
  24. ^ Lay, Belmont (15 November 2019). "Comedian Ronny Chieng's fondest memories in S'pore? Playing basketball at night in Jurong in the 90s". Mothership.sg. Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  25. ^ Kuga, Mitchell (17 December 2019). "Ronny Chieng Can Even Make This Year's News Funny". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 18 December 2019.
  26. ^ "Ronny Chieng joins 'Shang Chi And The Legend of the Ten Rings' (Exclusive)". Discussing Film. 7 April 2020. Retrieved 7 April 2020.
  27. ^ Paige, Rachel (10 December 2020). "'Shang-Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings' Reveals Additional Cast". Marvel.com.

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