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Ronny Chieng

An award-winning Malaysian stand-up comedian and a rising star in Hollywood, Ronny Chieng starred in Australian TV shows before going global, culminating in major movie appearances and recently, his own Netflix special

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Ronny Chieng is a Malaysian-born comedian and actor known best known as the senior correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah and more recently, for his appearance in Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.

The Johor Bahru native started out acting and doing stand-up soon after he graduated in law from the University of Melbourne, Australia. He acted in a number of Australian productions including Problems and It’s a Date before establishing himself as a comic and appearing as himself in subsequent shows, including the sitcom he co-wrote and starred in, Ronny Chieng: International Student.

In 2013, while on the comedy festival circuit, Chieng met popular stand-up comedian Trevor Noah and the following year performed with him at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Two years later, he was invited to audition for The Daily Show when Noah inherited the talk show from Jon Stewart. Chieng made his film debut in the massive worldwide box-office hit Crazy Rich Asians, which led to a string of roles including in Bliss, Trust and Godzilla vs Kong, as well as a voice actor for the animation fantasy-comedy Wish Dragon. In 2019, he released his debut stand-up comedy special on Netflix's Asian Comedian Destroys America!

Besides The Daily Show, Chieng currently stars in the Chinese animated TV series Scissor Seven, has a recurring supporting role in Doogie Kameāloha, M.D., and is set to appear in the comedy TV series Super Simple Love Story. Chieng is also slated to co-write a martial arts action-comedy film for Sony Pictures.

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Chieng is an avid watch collector, and his collection includes a rare Seiko Chronograph that once belonged to famed martial artist and actor, the late Bruce Lee. He is married to Vietnamese-Australian Hannah Pham, who has a YouTube cooking channel, Pham Bam Kitchen

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