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Philip Nathaniel Sin Goi Wang (born 22 January 1990)[3] is a British Malaysian stand-up comedian who is also a member of the sketch comedy group Daphne,[4][5][6] and co-creator of their BBC Radio 4 series, Daphne Sounds Expensive.

Phil Wang
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Phil Wang, Glastonbury Festival, 2019
Birth namePhilip Nathaniel Sin Goi Wang
Born (1990-01-22) 22 January 1990 (age 29)[1]
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, England[2]
MediumStand-up, television, radio
Alma materKing's College, Cambridge

Early lifeEdit

Wang was born in Stoke-on-Trent to an English mother and a Chinese-Malaysian father.[citation needed] One week after his birth, the family returned to his father's home town of Kota Kinabalu in Malaysia, where his parents had first met in 1982.[citation needed] His mother, a trained archaeologist, had moved to Malaysia as a volunteer with the Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO).[citation needed] Wang's maternal grandfather was from Derbyshire and became the manager of a tea estate in Assam, India, where his mother spent part of her childhood.[7]

Wang grew up in Malaysia, where he was taught in Malay, Mandarin and English.[citation needed] He took GCSEs at boarding school in Brunei.[citation needed] When he was 16, the family moved back to the UK, to Bath, Somerset, where his mother is from originally.[citation needed] There he attended Kingswood School.[citation needed] He then studied engineering at King's College, Cambridge,[8] where he was also president of the Cambridge Footlights.[9][10]


Wang won the 2010 Chortle Student Comedian of the Year Award[11] and, in 2011, Comedy Central's Funniest Student Award. In 2012, he was president of Footlights at Cambridge University, where he did a four-year engineering degree.[12] Wang has since performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe[13] and at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.[14]

Wang has appeared in The Rob Brydon Show, Comedy Up Late, About Tonight, It Was Alright in the 70s, Have I Got News for You, Unspun with Matt Forde, Would I Lie to You?, Live at the Apollo, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown, The Dog Ate My Homework and Insert Name Here. He has also acted in the sitcom Top Coppers. In January 2018, he took part in Comedy Central's Roast Battle, hosted by Jimmy Carr, in which he battled friend and fellow comedian Ed Gamble; Wang won the battle.

He has recorded two full length stand-up shows, which are available to watch for free on his YouTube Channel.[15] Wang has also written for The Guardian.[16]

In 2017 Phil Wang appeared in the podcast series Pappy's Flatshare Slamdown and Do the Right Thing.[17][18]

On 4 July 2018 it was announced that Phil would be one of the contestants in series 7 of Taskmaster.[19] Tasks he won included 'Make the best noise' and 'Most surprisingly beautiful thing'.

Wang is currently working on a stand-up comedy series for BBC Radio 4 titled Wangsplaining.[20] The pilot episode aired on 19 May 2019 on BBC Radio 4.[7]


  1. ^ "Aisling Bea and Phil Wang head to Netflix". Chortle.
  2. ^ "Interview: Phil Wang - The Comedian Who Isn't Afraid to Make You Laugh About Race". weareresonate.
  3. ^ Insert Name Here (BBC), Series 3, Episode 2. (First broadcast 27 November 2017.)
  4. ^ "Edinburgh comedy 2015: what to see". The Telegraph. 12 August 2015.
  5. ^ "My Comedy Hero: Phil Wang on Leslie Nielsen". The List.
  6. ^ Edinburgh festival 2015: 10 comedy acts to watch, The Guardian
  7. ^ a b Phil Wang: Wangsplaining
  8. ^ Gil, Natalie (14 September 2015). "Learn from our mistakes: freshers' week regrets". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  9. ^ Stuart Goldsmith (13 February 2017). "Episode 197 – Phil Wang". The Comedian's Comedian (Podcast).
  10. ^ Rohan Banerjee (18 July 2017). "Phil Wang on engineering comedy, Footlights, and why Brexit is a cock block".
  11. ^ "Wang wins - Chortle student king crowned". Chortle. 18 August 2010.
  12. ^ Simon Bajkowski (27 March 2011). "That's Number One, Wang". The Tab.
  13. ^ "Phil Wang - Edinburgh Fringe 2015 - British Comedy Guide".
  14. ^ Stephanie Bunbury (23 March 2015). "Melbourne International Comedy Festival: Phil Wang engineers a laugh with 'high-status' comedy". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  15. ^ "Phil Wang".
  16. ^ Wang, Phil (31 July 2014). "Phil Wang: Impossibly wise or offensively stupid – Chinese people in US films". The Guardian. Retrieved 12 August 2018.
  17. ^ British Comedy Guide - Flatshare Slamdown
  18. ^ Do The Right Thing
  19. ^ Taskmaster Series 7 | Coming Soon | Dave, retrieved 2018-07-05
  20. ^ Chortle - Radio 4 shows for Phil Wang and others

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