JFL NorthWest: Ronny Chieng
From the Promoter
Ronny Chieng is Chinese stand-up comedian and actor born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, raised in Manchester, NH, USA and Singapore, who 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 had 4 sold out global stand-up comedy theater tours in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia and London. Ronny has been invited to the Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal in 2012, 2013 and 2015. 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), Legally Brown (2014), It’s a Date (2013-2014), Kinne (2015) and more. In 2016 also co-created and starred in his own TV comedy pilot “International Student” on the ABC (Australia).
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.