In Conversation with Ken Jeong
Actor, producer, writer and performer Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars, and we’re giving you a chance to get up-close and personal with the hilarious comedian! Known for his roles as “Mr. Chow” in The Hangover, “Wye Mun Goh” in Crazy Rich Asians, “Ben Chang” in Community, or his leading role in Dr. Ken, Jeong’s impressive credits has made him one of our favourite comedic stars!
Moderated by Zain Meghji (eTalk, Breakfast Television, Dailyhive.com)
ACTOR, COMEDIAN, PRODUCER, WRITER
Actor, producer and writer Ken Jeong, known for his scene stealing abilities, has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. In May of 2009, Jeong appeared as the Asian-mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy THE HANGOVER also starring Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis, which earned Jeong an MTV Movie Award in 2010, and in which the film itself won The Golden Globe for Best Comedy/Musical and Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy in 2010. The film was the highest-grossing R-rated comedy to date, with over $467 million worldwide, only to be trumped by THE HANGOVER PART II”, which grossed $581 million worldwide.
Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in KNOCKED UP in 2007, Jeong has gone on to star in a number of memorable roles in a series of successful comedies. In 2008, Jeong had his first major role opposite Paul Rudd and Seann William Scott as the villain in David Wain's ROLE MODELS. That same year he also appeared in the cult comedy hits PINEAPPLE EXPRESS and STEP BROTHERS.
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. Jeong completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans all the while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off. The competition, which was judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman, turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles. Once in Los Angeles, he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory, and was seen on a number of television shows including “The Office”, “Entourage”, and “Curb Your Enthusiasm”. It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as “Dr. Kuni” in KNOCKED UP that he solidified himself as a feature film actor.
In 2011, Jeong reprised his role of “Mr. Chow” in the summer blockbuster, THE HANGOVER PART II. Following up on the success of THE HANGOVER, the much-anticipated sequel surpassed expectations in every way, already grossing almost 600 million dollars and beating THE HANGOVER while setting box office records for R-rated films. The film went on to gross almost 400 million worldwide. Other film credits for Jeong include TRANSFORMERS 3, PAIN & GAIN, DESPICABLE ME 2, TURBO, THE DUFF and RIDE ALONG 2.
This summer, Jeong appeared in the Warner Bros box office sensation CRAZY RICH ASIANS which grossed over $150 million worldwide. He was also most recently seen in GOOSEBUMPS 2. Upcoming projects include ELSEWHERE, WONDER PARK, OCCUPATION RAINFALL, MY SPY, BOSS LEVEL and EL TONTO. In television, Jeong was most recently seen starring on ABC’s “Dr. Ken”, which he was the creator, writer, and Executive Producer. He also was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show Community from 2009-2015, which won the Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Series in 2012. In 2015, Jeong directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary Student Athlete, and he also starred in and produced the Sundance award-winning film Advantageous, which received an Independent Spirit Award nomination. This Winter, Jeong will be seen in the Fox celebrity reality show “The Masked Singer”.
Most recently, Jeong filmed his first stand-up comedy special to stream on Netflix. Re-teaming with CRAZY RICH ASIAN’S John M. Chu to direct, Jeong has come full circle and returned to the stage to reflect on how he went from being a doctor to comedy superstar and opening up about his wife’s battle with breast cancer and how that led to him starring in one of the biggest comedy franchises of all time, THE HANGOVER.
Jeong dedicates his spare time to volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.
Moderated By Zain Meghji
eTalk, Breakfast Television, DailyHive.com
Zain's hosting experience ranges from entertainment news shows ('eTalk', 'Extra', 'Showbiz Tonight') - interviewing Hollywood celebrities from Oprah to Beyoncé, Will Smith to Lady Gaga - 'Breakfast Television' in Vancouver and Calgary, 'Yahoo! News' in New York, and the Canadian version of 'How To Look Good Naked', an award-winning makeover show which aired on the Oprah Winfrey Network and in multiple countries around the world. He currently resides in Vancouver heading up digital video content for DailyHive.com.