Multi-award winning comedian Ronny Chieng will relocate to the US after TV network Comedy Central announced overnight that Chieng is one of three new correspondents to join its roster of talent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
The 20-time Emmy Award-winning show, which screens on Foxtel in Australia, unveils its new look with brand new host Trevor Noah in the US on Monday September 28. It was hosted for 16 years by American satirist Jon Stewart until he stepped down in August.
Chieng was due to return to Australia following his appearances at Montreal’s invite-only Just For Laughs, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre but auditioned for the show recently in the US. He will now join the list of correspondents who regularly put together field pieces or commentary segments for the program.
As a result of today’s announcement Chieng has reluctantly had to cancel shows and reschedule others on his upcoming Australian tour for You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About. The show previously sold out during his comedy festival seasons around the country earlier this year. The revised tour schedule for You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About is as follows:
Perth – Regal Theatre – Friday October 9
Darwin – Entertainment Centre – Friday October 16
Geelong – GPAC – Thursday October 22
Bendigo – Capital Theatre – Friday October 23
Newcastle – Civic – Saturday October 31
Brisbane – Powerhouse – Saturday November 7
*Tickets holders for all the cancelled shows above will be contacted by ticketing outlets and provided with refunds
Canberra – Canberra Theatre – Thursday October 29
Chatswood – Concourse – Friday October 30
Sydney – Enmore Theatre – Thursday November 19*
*Ticketek will contact ticketholders from the rescheduled September 25 show in Sydney
In just four years the Malaysian-born Chinese comedian has jettisoned from his first ever gig in a small room at Melbourne Uni to 2012 MICF Best Newcomer and shows at the Sydney Opera House, Melbourne Town Hall, London’s SOHO Theatre and Montreal’s Just for Laughs TV Gala. But 2015 will be Chieng’s biggest year yet. Having made his US TV debut on The Late Late Show earlier this year, Chieng also toured Australia and NZ as US comedian Bill Burr’s requested support.
In 2014 he released his debut Live comedy album, The Ron Way which was recognized with a 2014 ARIA Award nomination for Best Comedy Release. He performed sold out solo shows in Singapore and Malaysia, as well as toured Asia and India as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. He supported international acts Dave Chappelle, Bob Saget and Mike Epps, co-hosted Triple J Drive for the Doctor, and added to his growing list of local TV credits (S2 SBS’s Legally Brown, S2 ABC’s It’s A Date, This is Littleton, Have You Been Paying Attention?). He also added two more awards to his vast collection – the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s Directors’ Choice award, and the Sydney Comedy Festival’s Best Show. He has twice been nominated for Helpmann Award for Best Comedy Performer (2014 & 2015).
Don’t miss your last chance to see Chieng perform live in Australia this year.