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Ronny Xin Yi Chieng (Chinese: 錢信伊; pinyin: Qián Xìnyī; born 21 November 1985)[1] is an Australian-based Malaysian comedian and actor.[2] Chieng is currently a senior correspondent on The Daily Show on Comedy Central and creator and star of the sitcom Ronny Chieng: International Student which premiered on ABC (Australia) and Comedy Central Asia in 2017.

Ronny Chieng
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Chieng in 2018
Birth nameRonny Xin Yi Chieng
Native name錢信伊
Born (1985-11-21) 21 November 1985 (age 33)
Johor Bahru, Malaysia
  • Stand-up
  • radio
  • television
Alma mater
Years active2009–present
Hannah Pham (m. 2016)


Early life and educationEdit

Chieng was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, to a Christian Malaysian Chinese family,[3][4] and was raised in Manchester, New Hampshire, U.S. and Singapore. Chieng was educated at Yuhua Primary School, Pioneer Secondary School, and Pioneer Junior College in Singapore, and the University of Melbourne in Australia, where he studied at Trinity College before entering the University of Melbourne where he graduated in 2009 with Bachelor of Commerce (Finance) and Bachelor of Laws degrees. He also obtained a Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice from the Australian National University in 2012.[5] Despite living in Australia for a decade, he does not have citizenship or permanent residency status in Australia.[6][7]


In July 2016, he was named one of 10 Comics to Watch by Variety.[8]

Viral response to Fox News segmentEdit

In October 2016, Chieng appeared on The Daily Show to give his response to a Jesse Watters Fox News segment deemed by many as racist. Chieng aired an expletive-laden criticism of the conservative network's segment. He also revisited New York City's Chinatown, where Watters had mocked residents, and conducted more respectful interviews in Mandarin and Cantonese.[9] The video went viral and received coverage in the Washington Post,[10] Slate,[11] and other major media.


In 2016, Chieng co-wrote and starred in the pilot of a sitcom called Ronny Chieng: International Student, based on his own experience as a Malaysian student in Australia. It was developed into a series for Comedy Central in America and ABC TV in Australia and screened in June 2017.[3][4]

In 2018, he made his American feature debut with the Warner Bros. film Crazy Rich Asians, directed by Jon M. Chu and starring Constance Wu and Henry Golding.[12]

Ronny Chieng in 2010 during his RAW Comedy National Final performance stated he would like to have his own wikipedia page one day, and it would mean all his dreams had been fulfilled.

Personal lifeEdit

Chieng married Vietnamese-Australian Hannah Pham on September 9, 2016. He is cynophobic.[13] In 2019, Chieng came out in support of 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, whose platform revolves around the impact of technological advancement and automation on job displacement.[14]


Year TV title Role Notes
2012 Problems Mr. Meowgi 4 episodes
2014 This is Littleton Various characters 4 episodes
2013–2014 Legally Brown Various 13 episodes
2013–2014 It's a Date Winston 2 episodes
2013–2014 Have You Been Paying Attention? Himself 3 episodes
2015–present The Daily Show Himself (as Correspondent) Ongoing
2016 Comedy Showroom Ronny Chieng 1 episode
2016 The Katering Show Himself 1 episode
2017–present Ronny Chieng: International Student Ronny Chieng 6 episodes
2018 Crazy Rich Asians Edison "Eddie" Cheng Feature film
TBA Super Simple Love Story Harris Main role


Melbourne International Comedy FestivalEdit

Year Award Result
2012 Best Newcomer Award Won
2014 Directors' Choice Award Won

Sydney Comedy FestivalEdit

Year Award Result
2013 Best of the Fest [Local] Nominated
2014 Best of the Fest [Local] Won

See alsoEdit


  1. ^
  2. ^ Brown, Simon Leo (31 March 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng returns to 'home ground' for Melbourne comedy festival".
  3. ^ a b Hunt, Elle (27 April 2016). "'Watch it before I get sued': The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng on his new pilot". The Guardian.
  4. ^ a b DiClaudio, Dennis (5 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng lands his own Comedy Central series". AV Club.
  5. ^ "About Me". Retrieved 14 October 2016.
  6. ^ Ronny Chieng
  7. ^ Ronny Chieng named as correspondent on the new Daily Show
  8. ^ Staff, Variety (20 July 2016). "10 Comics to Watch 2016". Retrieved 8 March 2017.
  9. ^ "The O'Reilly Factor Gets Racist in Chinatown". 6 October 2016.
  10. ^ Wemple, Erik (7 October 2016). "'The Daily Show' raps Jesse Watters, Fox News for racist segment on Chinatown". Washington Post.
  11. ^ Martinelli, Marissa (7 October 2016). "The Daily Show's Ronny Chieng Went to Chinatown, Delivered the Perfect Corrective to Fox News' Racist Segment". Slate.
  12. ^ "'Crazy Rich Asians' Adds Awkwafina". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 24 April 2017.
  13. ^ The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (4 June 2018), The Daily Show LIVE: A Conversation with Trevor Noah and the World’s Fakest News Team, retrieved 4 June 2018
  14. ^ "Ronny Chieng Of 'The Daily Show' On Why Andrew Yang Is His Obvious Pick For 2020". HuffPost. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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