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.