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
  • Stand-up
  • radio
  • television
Alma mater
Years active2009–present
Hannah Pham
(m. 2016) 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]


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]


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]



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


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]


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


  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".
  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". Retrieved 13 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Ronny Chieng: 'This Is For The Rich People'". 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?". (in Chinese). Retrieved 11 March 2020.
  9. ^ "About Me". 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". 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". 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".

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