Ken Jeong is everywhere. Fresh from appearing in Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi feature Advantageous at the Sundance Film Festival, which garnered the U.S. Dramatic Special Jury Award for Collaborative Vision, Jeong is currently appearing on “Glee’s” final season, as the father of Brittany (Heather Morris), and returns to “Community” as Spanish teacher Senor Chang in the 13-episode sixth season, which premieres March 17th on Yahoo Screen.
Jeong will next star in a pilot for his new ABC medical comedy, “Dr Ken,” reports Variety.com. In addition to starring, Jeong will write and co-exec produce the 30-minute laffer, along with writers Jared Stern and Mike O’Connell. The “Hangover” actor will play a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them.
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Ken Jeong was born in Detroit, Michigan, and grew up in Greensboro, North Carolina, where his father, D.K. Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State University. He completed his pre-med studies at Duke University in 1990, and obtained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1995.
While training for his residency in internal medicine at Oshsner Medical Center in New Orleans, Jeong moonlighted, pursuing his love of theater and comedy. In New Orleans, he won the “Big Easy Laff-Off,” judged by late NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv comedy club founder Budd Friedman, both of whom encouraged Jeong to move to Los Angeles to pursue his entertainment dreams.
While working as a practicing physician, seeing patients for seven years at Kaiser Permanente, Jeong performed at Los Angeles’ famed Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. His side gigs gave him the experience he needed to secure higher profile entertainment jobs, and he soon appeared on ABC’s The View and earned the title “The Funniest Doctor in America.”
Several television appearances followed, including on “Curb Your Enthusiasm” (2000), HBO’s “Entourage” (2004), NBC’s “The Office” (2005) and ABC’s “Boston Legal”. Jeong’s feature film debut, as a wisecracking doctor in Judd Apatow’s 2007 hit Knocked Up, opened more doors for the rising star. He went on to land roles in films like Role Models, Step Brothers and Pineapple Express—all released in 2008—and 2009’s All About Steve. Also in 2009, the actor-comedian was cast in his breakthrough role, as Asian mobster Mr. Chow in the sleeper-hit comedy film The Hangover, starring opposite Bradley Cooper and Zack Galifianakis. The film, which became one of the highest-grossing R-rated comedies of all time, has become a money-making franchise, lifting the Chow character into the comic canon.
Since The Hangover‘s release, Jeong has been a regular on the hit NBC show “Community,” which began airing on NBC in 2009. He also landed roles in The Hangover‘s follow up films, The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III. Click here for Jeong’s complete filmography.
Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, Advantageous, Oh Lucy!, Meru, Umrika, The Chinese Mayor, The Stanford Prison Experiment Among 2015 Sundance Film Festival Award Winners
Sundance Film Festival Premiere Photo: Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival through Jan. 31
Jennifer Phang’s ADVANTAGEOUS Featuring Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim, Jeanne Sakata, Jennifer Ikeda and Matthew Kim, Screens at 2015 Sundance Film Festival, January 26-31
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Lia Chang is an actor, a performance and fine art botanical photographer, and an award-winning multi-platform journalist. Lia starred as Carole Barbara in Lorey Hayes’ Power Play at the 2013 National Black Theatre Festival in Winston-Salem, N.C., with Pauletta Pearson Washington, Roscoe Orman, and made her jazz vocalist debut in Rome Neal’s Banana Puddin’ Jazz “LADY” at the Nuyorican Poets Cafe in New York. She is profiled in Jade Magazine.
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