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Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - DEB­BIE SCHIPP The Hang­over Part II Now show­ing Vil­lage Cin­e­mas Com­mu­nity ( sec­ond se­ries) GO!, Sun­days, 5.30pm

HE is one of the fun­ni­est men on our screens, but even fun­nier is the fact that The Hang­over ’ s mad gang­ster, Mr Chow, is also some­one’s lo­cal doc­tor.

Yes, be­fore The Hang­over, Mr Chow was the real-life Dr Ken Jeong ( pic­tured above).

In fact, his wife is a physi­cian and, ahead of his tele­vi­sion com­edy se­ries Com­mu­nity and a date with film­ing The Hang­over Part II last year, Jeong re­newed his li­cence to prac­tise.

‘‘ It’s just a good thing to have,’’ Jeong says. ‘‘ If this all ends, I won’t have to go wait­ing ta­bles.’’

Un­til The Hang­over be­came a hit, Jeong was a GP for seven years at a man­aged-care fa­cil­ity in Los An­ge­les.

‘‘ I did stand-up as a hobby. I was known as the full-time doc­tor who did a stand-up show as a funny doc­tor,’’ he says.

‘‘ I au­di­tioned for the movie Knocked Up while I had the day job.

‘‘ That opened the door for me to even­tu­ally get The Hang­over and, from that, a se­ries reg­u­lar spot along­side the likes of Joel McHale and Chevy Chase on Com­mu­nity [ he plays ec­cen­tric, ob­nox­ious and un­hinged out­sider Ben Senore Chang on the quirky tele­vi­sion com­edy].

‘‘ I owe the Hang­over ev­ery­thing. It gave me an acting ca­reer.’’

With Dr Chow ex­plod­ing back into the spot­light in all his ex­ple­tive-rid­dled, al­ways ec­cen­tric, ter­ri­fy­ing glory in The Hang­over Part II , Jeong won’t be run­ning check-ups on his pa­tients any time soon.

He ad­mits a few of them were gob­s­macked when they headed to the movies and sud­denly the easy­go­ing Dr Ken was there as a naked, hi­lar­i­ous, scream­ing bad guy on the big screen in The Hang­over. But he keeps in touch. ‘‘ Work­ing in a man­aged-care fa­cil­ity, when you leave your pa­tients get re­dis­tributed,’’ he says.

‘‘ But I miss them. I email some of my pa­tients all the time.’’

For the funny doc­tor, laugh­ter has in­deed proved hi­lar­i­ously suc­cess­ful medicine.

The Bold And The Beau­ti­ful, TDT, week­days, 4.30pm

Ken Jeong

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