RONNY’S AUSSIE INTERLUDE

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Aus­tralia is start­ing to feel like a pit stop in Ronny Chieng’s me­te­oric rise to global fame, but while here, he’s nailed our com­edy cul­ture.

Re­cently cast in the film ver­sion of Kevin Kwan’s Crazy Rich Asians, Chieng, 31, is also a reg­u­lar cast mem­ber of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah in the US.

For­tu­nately, af­ter a suc­cess­ful pi­lot, a se­ries of Ronny Chieng: In­ter­na­tional Stu­dent had al­ready been com­mis­sioned by the ABC be­fore he joined Noah’s team.

“It was writ­ten into my con­tract, they were very nice about it,” Chieng says.

Born to Chi­nese par­ents in Malaysia, he lived in the UK, US and Sin­ga­pore be­fore he came to Aus­tralia to study law.

“When the ABC asked me to sub­mit a pi­lot idea for a TV show, I knew … that you have to tell a story that no one else can tell,” he says.

In the US, Chieng also does stand-up, try­ing out new ma­te­rial in clubs.

“I tour the US on week­ends,” he says. “I also do some shows at night af­ter The Daily Show. I’m very lucky to be at the Com­edy Cel­lar (New York) a lot, prob­a­bly the best com­edy venue in Amer­ica. ”

WATCH RONNY CHIENG: IN­TER­NA­TIONAL STU­DENT, ABC, WED­NES­DAY, JUNE 7, 9.30PM

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