Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong (born July 13, 1969) is an American stand-up comedian, actor and former physician. He is best known for playing Ben Chang on the sitcom Community and the drug lord Leslie Chow in The Hangover film series. He was the lead in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, in which he was also the creator, writer, and executive producer. Jeong is a licensed physician, but has stopped practicing in favor of his acting career. He currently appears as a panelist on the singing competition show The Masked Singer.
|Birth name||Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong|
|Born||July 13, 1969|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Education||Duke University (BS)|
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MD)
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, observational comedy|
|Notable works and roles||Community|
The Hangover Trilogy
Ride Along 2
Crazy Rich Asians
Early life and educationEdit
Jeong was born in Detroit to South Korean immigrants. Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina as well as being raised in South Korea, and attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he took part in the Quiz Bowl team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council. He also played football in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades where his team won the state 4a championship. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro's Youth of the Month award. Jeong graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained his M.D. at the UNC School of Medicine in 1995.
Jeong completed his residency in internal medicine at the Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. While he is a licensed physician in California he no longer practices medicine, having given it up in favor of his acting career.
Jeong won the Big Easy Laff-Off in 1995, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges, and they both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles. He began performing regularly at The Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. After moving to Los Angeles, he initially practiced medicine for several years as a physician at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills.
Jeong's background in theater and improv started while he was still a medical student in North Carolina. He was a regular at open mic nights in the Raleigh-Durham circuit, performing at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh and Tootie's Durham Comedy Club. He also emceed The Comedy Spot programming series on Duke University campus 1992 and 1993 (produced by his friend by coincidentally same-first named Korean-American, Kendrick Jahng) opening for Margaret Cho, Jeff Dunham and others. His stand up work has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
He made his film debut in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni, which proved to be his breakout performance. From that point forward he was able to transition from medicine into a full-time career in the entertainment industry. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron; All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.
Jeong played Señor Chang on the NBC sitcom Community and was nominated for the show's "Male Breakout Star" at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He was nominated for two 2010 MTV Movie Awards, winning the award for Best WTF Moment and for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for The Hangover. In fall 2010, Adidas basketball began a wide-ranging marketing campaign in which he starred as "Slim Chin", alongside NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. On May 22, 2011, he hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on ABC and was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign from the American Heart Association on June 15, 2011.
In an unusual, if informal, partnership, Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a lead role in a new movie Jeong will produce called After Prom. Jeong will star in All-Star Weekend, a comedy Foxx is developing at his production company about two friends who find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars.
In 2015, Jeong starred, wrote, and executive produced the pilot of his new ABC medical comedy, Dr. Ken, as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them. On May 7, 2015, the series was ordered by ABC to debut in the 2015–16 TV season starring Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin. Jeong's first comedy special, You Complete Me, Ho, was released in 2019 on Netflix.
Jeong was awarded the Visionary Award by East West Players, the oldest Asian Pacific American theatre company in the United States, for helping to raise "the visibility of the Asian Pacific American (APA) community through [his] craft." In an interview during the celebration, Jeong mentioned that he had met fellow Korean American actor Randall Park at East West Players.
|2007||Knocked Up||Dr. Kuni|
|2007||Uncle P||Supermarket Bag Boy||movie from Master P and Lil Romeo|
|2008||Step Brothers||Employment Agent|
|2008||Role Models||King Argotron|
|2009||The Hangover||Leslie Chow||MTV Movie Awards for Best WTF Moment|
Nominated – MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Teddy Dang|
|2009||All About Steve||Angus|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Therapist No.2|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||Curtis Lee|
|2010||Furry Vengeance||Neal Lyman|
|2010||Despicable Me||Talk Show Host (voice)|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Mailman|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Leslie Chow||Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jerry Wang|
|2011||The Muppets||Punch Teacher Host||Cameo|
|2013||Pain & Gain||Jonny Wu|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Leslie Chow|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Floyd Eagle-san (voice)|
|2014||Birds of Paradise||Vinnie (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Short Fuse (voice)|
|2015||The DUFF||Mr. Arthur|
|2016||Norm of the North||Mr. Greene (voice)|
|2016||Ride Along 2||A.J.|
|2017||Killing Hasselhoff||Chris Kim|
|2018||Crazy Rich Asians||Goh Wye Mun|
|2018||Saving Zoë||Dr. Gallagher|
|2018||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||Mr. Chu|
|2018||Then Came You||Officer Al|
|2019||Wonder Park||Cooper (voice)|
|2019||Avengers: Endgame||Security guard||Cameo|
|2019||Lady and the Tramp||Joe||Completed|
|2021||Tom & Jerry||Jackie||In production|
|TBA||Boss Level||Chef Jake|
|TBA||The Opening Act||Post-production|
|1997||The Big Easy||Dr. Tang||Episode: "Night Music"|
|2001||The Downer Channel||Store Owner||Episode: "1.2"|
|2002||Girls Behaving Badly||Series regular|
|2003||Cedric the Entertainer Presents||Asian Thunder||1 episode|
|2003–2005||MADtv||Various characters||4 episodes|
|2004||Significant Others||Gynecologist||Episode: "An Ache, a Fake & Forgot to Brake"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Steve Choi||Episode: "Slam Dunk"|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Owner||Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"|
|2005||Two and a Half Men||Male Nurse||Episode: "Woo-Hoo, a Hernia Exam!"|
|2005||The Office||Bill||Episode: "E-mail Surveillance"|
|2005||Mind of Mencia||Ken||1 episode|
|2006||Three Strikes||Roido's Interpreter||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Entourage||Coffee Shop Manager||Episode: "The Release"|
|2007||The Shield||Skip Osaka||Episode: "Back to One"|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Man in Jersey #1||Episode: "The Anonymous Donor"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Coroner Myron Okubo||Episode: "The Innocent Man"|
|2008||'Til Death||Dr. Park||2 episodes|
|2008||Worst Week||Phil||2 episodes|
|2009||WWE Raw||Host/Himself||Episode: "3 August 2009"|
|2009–2011||American Dad!||Dr. Perlmutter / Butch Johnson (voices)||3 episodes|
|2009||Party Down||Alan Duk||2 episodes|
|2009||Men of a Certain Age||Kuo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009–2015||Community||Ben Chang||92 episodes|
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2010)
|2010||Players||Rufus Ramsey||Episode: "Induction Day"|
|2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Hyralius (voice)||Episode: "Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!"|
|2012||Burning Love||Ballerina||2 episodes|
Streamy Award for Best Guest Appearance
|2012–2018||Bob's Burgers||Dr. Yap (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Superintendent Woo (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Sullivan & Son||Jason||2 episodes|
|2013||Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale||Kelly's Manager||Television special|
|2013–2014||Turbo FAST||Kim-Ly (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Doctor||Episode: "Stayin' Alive"|
|2014–2018||BoJack Horseman||Dr. Allen Hu (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Glee||Pierce Pierce||Episodes: "What the World Needs Now"|
|2015–2017||Dr. Ken||Ken Park||Main role; also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Richie Cunningham (voice)||Episode: "Ants on a Hamburger"|
|2016||Wheel Of Fortune||Dr. Ken||Episode: "Fun and Fit 5"|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Gene||2 episodes|
|2016–2018||Justice League Action||Toyman (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||P. King Duckling||Lee (voice)||Episode: "A Day With A Panda"|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Christmas Tree Man / Chinese Restaurant Owner||Television special|
|2018||Drop the Mic||Himself||Episode: "Shaquille O'Neal vs. Ken Jeong / Jerry Springer vs. Ricki Lake"|
|2018-2019||Magnum P.I.||Luther H. Gillis||2 episodes|
|2018||America's Got Talent||Guest judge||Episode: "Judge Cuts 1" (Season 13)|
|2019||The Kids Are Alright||Grover Young||Episode: "The Love List"|
|2019||The Masked Singer||Judge|
|2019||King of Mask Singer||Golden Pig||Special guest; Episode 186|
|2019||The Simpsons||Korean Monk (voice)||Episode: “E My Sports”|
|2019||The Loud House||Stanley Chang (voice)||2 episodes|
|2019||What Just Happened??! with Fred Savage||Himself||Episode: “Assistant”|
|2019||Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho||Himself||Netflix special|
|2019||Wonder Park TV Show||Cooper (voice)||Upcoming|
|2020||The Masked Singer (UK)||Judge||Upcoming ITV series|
|2007||What's It Gonna Be?||Million Dollar Strong|
|2011||I Like How It Feels||Himself|
|2016||Boombox||Laura Marano's Director|
|2016||La La (Visual)||Himself|
|2018||Waste It On Me||Steve Aoki feat. BTS|
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