The Courier-Mail

FOUR MIN­UTES WITH Ronny Chieng

- BY / MIKEY CAHILL

1 KNOWS WHAT HE’S TALKIN’ ABOUT

Has stand-up co­me­dian Ronny Chieng hit his peak yet? Doubt­ful. It doesn’t ap­pear there is an end to his as­cent any­time soon. The 29-year-old Mel­bourne-based, Malaysian-bred, for­mer law stu­dent scored a five-star re­view for his show You Don’t Know What You’re Talk­ing About at the Mel­bourne In­ter­na­tional Com­edy Fes­ti­val, took it to Syd­ney’s Com­edy Fes­ti­val and now he’s in Mon­treal at Just For Laughs. De­stroy­ing it. “I got on the Jane Lynch Gala and I’ve been open­ing for Bill Burr here. Things are go­ing well,” he un­der­states.

2 NOT A LAW-TALK­ING GUY

Chieng left his Lionel Hutz lean­ings be­hind in 2011, much to the cha­grin of his par­ents. That is un­til he tied for Best New­comer at the MICF in 2012 with Matt Okine and things started cook­ing. “That hope is al­ways there that I’ll re­turn to law school,” he says. “I have to re­as­sure them.” His ranty-yet-warm style needs to be heard in large venues, not stuffy court rooms. How­ever, not all rooms are cre­ated equal, some­thing Aus­tralia’s most pop­u­lar comic ex­plained to him. “I mes­saged Wil An­der­son on Face­book for ad­vice; he in­vited me to his house.”

3 SAFE AS HOUSES

“Wil has taken a lot of time out to help me. I asked him how he did the US, I asked him how he found it when he moved to LA, any pit­falls, what to look out for, how to deal with in­dus­try peo­ple and which gigs are good and which are bad,” he says. “He just called lots of peo­ple up and said ‘What’s this room like? Is this gig le­git?’” Chieng has man­aged to make his own way in his ca­reer too. “I didn’t go the cor­po­rate route like all my friends. In­stead of cor­po­rate, cap­i­tal­ist se­cu­rity ... I had in­se­cure artis­tic free­dom,” he chuck­les.

4 CON­TROL­LING THE IDIOT BOX

Chieng has gone on to do plenty of TV work: Legally Brown, It’s a Date, This Is Lit­tle­ton, Have You Been Pay­ing At­ten­tion? and Dou­ble Drib­ble. There’s some­thing else in the works too. “I should be able to talk about it in a month. I don’t wanna be the one to leak it,” he says. One word hint? “It’s TV, so ‘tele­vi­sion’.” On this tour he takes down another TV show, Bor­der Con­trol, as well as tack­ling sub­jects like creepy vs ro­man­tic and foot fetishes. “I’m con­fi­dent the show is de­cent enough that I’ll just do the stuff I want to do. I don’t pan­der,” he says.

 ??  ?? Ronny Chieng is tour­ing the world from In­dia to US and bring­ing
the LOLs.
Ronny Chieng is tour­ing the world from In­dia to US and bring­ing the LOLs.

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