The Hangover and “Community” star Ken Jeong headlines a new comedy series on ABC, “Dr. Ken” which premieres on October 2.
Jeong stars as a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. Suzy Nakamura (“Go On”) stars as Jeong’s therapist wife. Dr Ken is always trying to be a good doctor, husband and father to their two kids, played by Albert Tsai (“Trophy Wife”) and Krista Marie Yu (“The Thundermans”), but he has a knack for driving everyone nuts, both at work and at home. Dave Foley (“Hot in Cleveland”), Tisha Campbell-Martin (“Martin”) and Jonathan Slavin (“Better Off Ted”) round out the cast.
Jared Stern penned “Dr. Ken” with Jeong and Mike O’Connell. Stern and Jeong will also serve as exec producers, along with John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz with O’Connell as co-exec producer. The series hails from Sony Pictures TV and ABC Studios.
Jeong has been a regular as Señor Chang on the hit NBC show “Community,” which debuted in 2009, and is currently available on Yahoo Screen. Jeong is featured in Jennifer Phang’s Sci-Fi film Advantageous, which has garnered numerous awards on the film festival circuit since it premiered at Sundance in January, and served as one of the producers. In 2015, he also guest starred on Fox’s Glee, appeared in the teen comedy, The Duff, and in the indie feature Ktown Cowboys, which he also executive produced.
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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. Jeong also appears in The Hangover‘s follow up films, The Hangover Part II and The Hangover Part III. Click here for Jeong’s complete filmography.
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