Ronny Chieng Scores Plum Gig As Correspondent On “The Daily Show”

Now that Jon Stewart has taken his final bow as the host of The Daily Show, the wheels of change are in motion at Comedy Central.

Though incoming host Trevor Noah is insisting that things will remain the same as usual, things are inevitably going to change. Like how the old class of correspondents in Jessica Williams, Jordan Klepper, and Hasan Minhaj pronounce the word “zebra,” for example.
And among the ways things will change is the hiring of new faces, which the show has done in the form of three new correspondents.
One of whom just so happens to be Australian/Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng.
Chieng was born in Malaysia, grew up in Singapore, and moved to Melbourne to study at the University of Melbourne. His first stand up gig ever? A little over four years ago. Since then he’s had a rapid rise through the ranks, which has included placing as a runner up in RAW Comedy in 2010, and scoring the Best Newcomer award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2012.
Since then, Chieng has appeared on Australian TV in shows like Legally Brown, It’s A Date, Have You Been Paying Attention?, and This Is Littleton.
Chieng was contacted by the show to submit an audition tape, and subsequently filmed an in-studio audition in New York before jetting across to Edinburgh for the recently completed Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
Alongside Chieng, the show has hired former Awkward and We Bought A Zoo star Desi Lydic, as well as tenured US comic Roy Wood Jr. The three will be appearing alongside the retained cast of regular correspondents, which includes Klepper, Williams, Minhaj, and Lewis Black, John Hodgman, Al Madrigal, Aasif Mandvi, and Kristen Schaal.
The first episode of The Daily Show with Trevor Noah hits Comedy Central on September 28th.
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