Known for his scene-stealing abilities, actor, producer, writer and comedian Ken Jeong has established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars. Since his feature film debut playing the doctor in “Knocked Up” in 2007, Jeong has gone on to star in several memorable movie roles such as the Asian mobster “Mr. Chow” in the sleeper-hit comedy “The Hangover.”
He recently appeared in the Warner Bros. box office sensation “Crazy Rich Asians,” which earned the “Best Acting Ensemble” award at the National Board of Review awards. In February 2019, Jeong returned to his stand-up roots for his first-ever hit Netflix comedy special, “Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho.” In television, Jeong was most recently seen as a judge on the FOX hit celebrity reality singing competition “The Masked Singer,” and prior to that, he starred on ABC’s “Dr. Ken,” for which he was the creator, writer and Executive Producer.
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and went on to get his medical degree at the University of North Carolina. He completed his Internal Medicine residency in New Orleans, all while developing his comedy. In 1995, Jeong won the Big Easy Laff Off, a competition judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman, which turned out to be his big break as Tartikoff and Friedman urged Jeong to head to Los Angeles.
Once in Los Angeles, he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory Comedy Clubs, and was seen on a number of television shows including “The Office,” “Entourage” and “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” It wasn’t until he caught Judd Apatow’s eye, who cast him as Dr. Kuni in “Knocked Up,” that he solidified himself as a feature film actor.