Ken Jeong is a stand-up comedian, actor and former physician. He is best known for playing Ben Chang on the sitcom "Community" and the gangster Leslie Chow in "The Hangover" film series.
Jeong won the Big Easy Laff-Off in 1995, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and The Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges, and they both urged Jeong to move to Los Angeles. He began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory comedy clubs. After moving to Los Angeles, he initially practiced medicine for several years as a physician at a Kaiser Permanente hospital in Woodland Hills.
Jeong's background in theater and improv started while he was still a medical student in North Carolina. He was a regular at open mic nights in the Raleigh-Durham circuit, performing at Charlie Goodnights in Raleigh and Tootie’s Durham Comedy Club. He emceed The Comedy Spot programming series on Duke University campus 1992 and 1993 opening for Margaret Cho, Jeff Dunham and others. His stand up work has led to several television appearances, including NBC's "The Office", HBO's "Entourage", "Curb Your Enthusiasm", and the voice of Dr. Yap on "Bob's Burgers".
He made his film debut in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up as Dr. Kuni, which proved to be his breakout performance. From that point forward he was able to transition from medicine into a full-time career in the entertainment industry, appearing in "Pineapple Express", "Role Models", "All About Steve", and most notably "The Hangover" series.
Jeong played Señor Ben Chang on the NBC sitcom Community and was nominated for the show's "Male Breakout Star" at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards. He was nominated for two 2010 MTV Movie Awards, winning the award for Best WTF Moment and for MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for The Hangover.
In fall 2010, Adidas basketball began a wide-ranging marketing campaign in which he starred as "Slim Chin", alongside NBA stars Dwight Howard and Derrick Rose. The following year he hosted the 2011 Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on ABC and was featured in a Hands Only CPR PSA campaign from the American Heart Association.
In 2015, Jeong starred, wrote, and executive produced the pilot of his new ABC medical comedy, Dr. Ken, as a frustrated HMO doctor juggling his career, marriage and parenting, but succeeding at none of them. In 2018, he starred in Crazy Rich Asians as Wye Mun Goh, and in 2019 he released his first comedy special, "You Complete Me, Ho."
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