SHORT AND SWEET

Sunday Herald Sun - Stellar - - Columnist - with RONNY CHIENG

You’re Malaysian born, of Chi­nese her­itage, ed­u­cated in the US and Aus­tralia. Do you own as many pass­ports as Ja­son Bourne? Yes, I col­lect them like Poké­mon. True or false: your com­merce/ law de­gree was a sen­si­ble fall­back plan in case a ca­reer in show busi­ness didn’t work. False. It’s not a fall­back. It was sup­posed to be the main gig. Pre­sum­ably there wasn’t a stand-up com­edy elec­tive as part of that course. How did you make the jump? I just thought I could do it, and gave it a try. Has Pres­i­dent Trump made the job eas­ier or harder for co­me­di­ans in the US? On one hand, such rich pick­ings. On the other hand, he sort of writes his own ma­te­rial… Eas­ier be­cause he keeps giv­ing. Harder be­cause it’s a mat­ter of time be­fore he sends us all to jail for speak­ing out. Be­tween all your day jobs, you’ve man­aged to squeeze in some work on the up­com­ing film Crazy Rich Asians. How did you prep for the role? By us­ing in­ter­na­tional roam­ing data on my phone. The ul­ti­mate sign of wealth. Ronny’s stand-up tour starts in Syd­ney on Novem­ber 5; ron­ny­chieng.com.

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