I am catching our A Father’s Son star Ronny Chieng at The Beacon Theatre in New York, where he will be performing two shows of The Hope You Get Rich Tour (7:30pm and 10pm). Ronny’s updated tour schedule through September includes stops in Durham, Austin, Washington D.C., Atlanta, Toronto, Brisbane, Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne. Vancouver, San Diego, and Waterloo. Click here for tickets and more information.
Ronny Chieng is a stand up comedian, actor and Correspondent on the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah.” He was also one of the stars of the worldwide hit movie Crazy Rich Asians, and has appeared on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert, the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, the New York Times, and GQ.
Recent film credits include Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, Inspector Sun and the Curse of the Black Widow, Untitled Pajama Men Project, A Father’s Son, and has had recurring roles on the TV series – “Doogie Kamealoha, M.D.,” “I Am Frenchie,” and “Young Rock”.
Born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, raised in Manchester, NH, USA and Singapore, Ronny graduated from the University of Melbourne in Australia in 2009 with a Bachelor of Laws and a Bachelor of Commerce.
Ronny started performing comedy in Melbourne in 2009. Since then he has toured 4 sold out global stand up comedy theater tours in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, India, Canada and London. Ronny has been invited to the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016. He made his US television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson in 2015.
He has sold out his stand up comedy tours at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the SOHO Theatre in London, the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, the Enmore Theatre in Sydney, the Esplanade concert hall in Singapore and PJ Live Arts in Malaysia, and was also invited to open for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr on their national stand up comedy tours of Australia.
In Australia Ronny has written and acted in multiple television comedy shows such as “Problems” (2012), “” (2014), “It’s a Date” (2013-2014), “Kinne” (2015) and more.
In 2016 also co-created and starred in his own TV comedy pilot “Ronny Chieng: International Student” on ABC (Australia) which won Short Film Production of the Year at the 16th Screen Producers Australia Awards and was nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the Asian Television Awards 2016 in Singapore.
Ronny has toured and recorded 4 one-hour stand up comedy specials – The Ron Way (2012), Can You Do This? No You Can’t. (2013), Chieng Reaction (2014), You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About (2015), which have won or been nominated for the following awards:
Best Newcomer Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2012
Directors’ Choice Award Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014
Best Show Sydney Comedy Festival 2014
Nominated for Best Comedy Release ARIA Awards 2014 & 2015
Nominated for Best Comedy Performer Helpmann Awards 2014 & 2015
In 2015 Ronny moved to New York City after being hired as a correspondent on the “Daily Show with Trevor Noah” on Comedy Central. He also lost 11kg but that was unrelated to comedy.
In 2016 Ronny was named one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch.
In 2017 Ronny was casted in the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians based off the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan. He also co-wrote and starred in his own television comedy series “Ronny Chieng: International Student” which aired on the ABC in Australia, the BBC, Comedy Central Asia and Comedy Central in the USA.
In December 2019 Ronny released his debut smash hit Netflix Stand-up Comedy Special “Asian Comedian Destroys America!”.
Lia Chang loves to tell stories – as an actor, a multi-media content producer, a performing arts photographer and an award-winning filmmaker. A co-founder of Bev’s Girl Films, Lia makes films that foster inclusion and diversity on both sides of the camera. Lia has appeared in the films Wolf, New Jack City, A Kiss Before Dying, King of New York, Big Trouble in Little China, and The Last Dragon. She stars in and is the Executive Producer for the indie films Hide and Seek (AA Film Lab’s 2015 72 Hour Shootout Best Actress Nomination), Rom-Com Gone Wrong, and When the World Was Young (2021 DisOrient Film Audience Choice Award for Best Short Narrative). Lia made her stage debut as Liat in a national tour of South Pacific with Barbara Eden and Robert Goulet, was featured as Joy in Signature Theatre’s revival of Sam Shepard’s Chicago and has worked extensively Off-Broadway. Photo archives: Lia Chang Theater Portfolio collection,1989-2011, housed in the AAPI collection in the Library of Congress’ Asian Reading Room; Lia Chang Photography Collection in The Billy Rose Theatre Division of the New York Public Library. Awards: 2000 OCA Chinese American Journalist Award, the 2001 AAJA National Award for New Media. Lia is an AAJA Executive Leadership Graduate (2000), a Western Knight Fellow at USC’s Annenberg College of Communications for Specialized Journalism on Entertainment Journalism in the Digital Age (2000), a National Press Photographers Association Visual Edge/Visual Journalism Fellow at the Poynter Institute for New Media (2001), a Scripps Howard New Media Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism (2002), and a National Tropical Garden Environmental Journalism Fellow (2003). www.liachang.com, www.liachangphotography.com