Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong (born July 13, 1969) is an American comedian, actor and physician. He is best known for playing Ben Chang on the sitcom Community and the gangster Leslie Chow in The Hangover film series. He was the lead in the ABC sitcom Dr. Ken, in which he was also the creator, writer, and executive producer. Jeong is a licensed physician, but has stopped practicing in favor of his acting career. He currently appears as a panelist on the singing competition show The Masked Singer.
|Birth name||Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong|
|Born||July 13, 1969|
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
|Medium||Stand-up, film, television|
|Education||Duke University (BS)|
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (MD)
|Genres||Improvisational comedy, sketch comedy, observational comedy|
Tran Ho (m. 2004)
|Notable works and roles||Community|
The Hangover Trilogy
Ride Along 2
Crazy Rich Asians
Jeong was born in Detroit to South Korean immigrants. Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina, and attended Walter Hines Page High School, where he took part in the Quiz Bowl team, played violin in the orchestra, and was elected to student council. He also played football in the 10th, 11th, and 12th grades where he won the state 4a championship. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro's Youth of the Month award. Jeong graduated from Duke University in 1990 and obtained his M.D. at the UNC School of Medicine in 1995. He completed his residency in internal medicine at the Ochsner Baptist Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Jeong completed his internal medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleans while developing his stand-up comedy. Jeong is a licensed physician in California, but no longer practices medicine, having given it up in favor of his acting career.
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 also emceed The Comedy Spot programming series on Duke University campus 1992 and 1993 (produced by his friend by coincidentally same-first named Korean-American, Kendrick Jahng) 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 and Curb Your Enthusiasm.
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. Subsequently, he has appeared in Pineapple Express; Role Models as King Argotron; All About Steve; The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard; Couples Retreat; and as Mr. Chow in The Hangover, The Hangover Part II, and The Hangover Part III. He co-starred in Zookeeper and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released in summer 2011.
Jeong played Senor 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. On May 22, 2011, 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 on June 15, 2011.
In an unusual, if informal, partnership, Jamie Foxx and Jeong have each agreed to star in movies written and produced by the other. Foxx has agreed to take a lead role in a new movie Jeong will produce called After Prom. Jeong will star in All-Star Weekend, a comedy Foxx is developing at his production company about two friends who find themselves fans of opposing NBA stars.
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. On May 7, 2015, the series was ordered by ABC to debut in the 2015–16 TV season starring Jeong, Suzy Nakamura, Dave Foley, Tisha Campbell-Martin and Jonathan Slavin. Jeong's first Netflix comedy special, You Complete Me, Ho, was released in 2019.
|2007||Knocked Up||Dr. Kuni|
|2007||Uncle P||Supermarket Bag Boy||movie from Master P and Lil Romeo|
|2008||Step Brothers||Employment Agent|
|2008||Role Models||King Argotron|
|2009||The Hangover||Leslie Chow||MTV Movie Awards for Best WTF Moment|
Nominated – MTV Movie Awards for Best Villain
Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie Villain
|2009||The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard||Teddy Dang|
|2009||All About Steve||Angus|
|2009||Couples Retreat||Therapist No.2|
|2010||How to Make Love to a Woman||Curtis Lee|
|2010||Furry Vengeance||Neal Lyman|
|2010||Despicable Me||Talk Show Host (voice)|
|2011||Big Mommas: Like Father, Like Son||Mailman|
|2011||The Hangover Part II||Leslie Chow||Nominated – Teen Choice Award Choice Movie: Male Scene Stealer|
|2011||Transformers: Dark of the Moon||Jerry Wang|
|2011||The Muppets||Punch Teacher Host||Cameo|
|2013||Pain & Gain||Jonny Wu|
|2013||The Hangover Part III||Leslie Chow|
|2013||Despicable Me 2||Floyd Eagle-san (voice)|
|2014||Birds of Paradise||Vinnie (voice)||Direct-to-DVD|
|2014||Penguins of Madagascar||Short Fuse (voice)|
|2015||The DUFF||Mr. Arthur|
|2016||Norm of the North||Mr. Greene (voice)|
|2016||Ride Along 2||A.J.|
|2017||Killing Hasselhoff||Chris Kim|
|2018||Crazy Rich Asians||Goh Wye Mun|
|2018||Saving Zoë||The Psychiatrist|
|2018||Goosebumps 2: Haunted Halloween||Mr. Chu|
|2018||Then Came You||Officer Al|
|2019||Wonder Park||Cooper (voice)|
|2019||Boss Level||Chef Jake|
|TBA||The Opening Act||Post-production|
|1997||The Big Easy||Dr. Tang||Episode: "Night Music"|
|2001||The Downer Channel||Store Owner||Episode: "1.2"|
|2002||Girls Behaving Badly||Series regular|
|2003||Cedric the Entertainer Presents||Asian Thunder||1 episode|
|2003–2005||MADtv||Various characters||4 episodes|
|2004||Significant Others||Gynecologist||Episode: "An Ache, a Fake & Forgot to Brake"|
|2004||Crossing Jordan||Steve Choi||Episode: "Slam Dunk"|
|2004||Grounded for Life||Owner||Episode: "I'm Looking Through You"|
|2005||Two and a Half Men||Male Nurse||Episode: "Woo-Hoo, a Hernia Exam!"|
|2005||The Office||Bill||Episode: "E-mail Surveillance"|
|2005||Mind of Mencia||Ken||1 episode|
|2006||Three Strikes||Roido's Interpreter||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2006||Entourage||Coffee Shop Manager||Episode: "The Release"|
|2007||The Shield||Skip Osaka||Episode: "Back to One"|
|2007||Curb Your Enthusiasm||Man in Jersey #1||Episode: "The Anonymous Donor"|
|2007||Boston Legal||Coroner Myron Okubo||Episode: "The Innocent Man"|
|2008||'Til Death||Dr. Park||2 episodes|
|2008||Worst Week||Phil||2 episodes|
|2009||WWE Raw||Host/Himself||Episode: "3 August 2009"|
|2009–2011||American Dad!||Dr. Perlmutter / Butch Johnson (voices)||3 episodes|
|2009||Party Down||Alan Duk||2 episodes|
|2009||Men of a Certain Age||Kuo||Episode: "Pilot"|
|2009–2015||Community||Ben Chang||92 episodes|
TV Guide Award for Favorite Ensemble (2012)
Nominated – Teen Choice Award for Choice TV: Male Breakout Star (2010)
|2010||Players||Rufus Ramsey||Episode: "Induction Day"|
|2012||Mary Shelley's Frankenhole||Hyralius (voice)||Episode: "Maly Sherrey's Hyralius, Mutant Monster!"|
|2012||Burning Love||Ballerina||2 episodes|
Streamy Award for Best Guest Appearance
|2012–2018||Bob's Burgers||Dr. Yap (voice)||6 episodes|
|2013||Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness||Superintendent Woo (voice)||2 episodes|
|2013–2014||Sullivan & Son||Jason||2 episodes|
|2013||Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale||Kelly's Manager||Television special|
|2013–2014||Turbo FAST||Kim-Ly (voice)||2 episodes|
|2014||Hot in Cleveland||Doctor||Episode: "Stayin' Alive"|
|2014–2018||BoJack Horseman||Dr. Allen Hu (voice)||2 episodes|
|2015||Glee||Pierce Pierce||Episodes: "What the World Needs Now"|
|2015–2017||Dr. Ken||Ken Park||44 episodes; also creator, writer and executive producer|
|2015||Robot Chicken||Richie Cunningham (voice)||Episode: "Ants on a Hamburger"|
|2016||Wheel Of Fortune||Dr. Ken||Episode: "Fun and Fit 5"|
|2016||Fresh Off the Boat||Gene||2 episodes|
|2016–2018||Justice League Action||Toyman (voice)||2 episodes|
|2016||P. King Duckling||Lee (voice)||Episode: "A Day With A Panda"|
|2017||A Christmas Story Live!||Christmas Tree Man / Chinese Restaurant Owner||Television special|
|2018||Drop the Mic||Himself||Episode: "Shaquille O'Neal vs. Ken Jeong / Jerry Springer vs. Ricki Lake"|
|2018-2019||Magnum P.I.||Luther H. Gillis||2 episodes|
|2018||America's Got Talent||Guest judge||Episode: "Judge Cuts 1" (Season 13)|
|2019||The Kids Are Alright||Grover Young||Episode: "The Love List"|
|2019||The Masked Singer||Judge|
|2019||King of Mask Singer||Golden Pig||Special guest; Episode 186|
|2019||‘’The Simpsons’’||Korean Monk (voice)||Episode: “E My Sports”|
|2007||What's It Gonna Be?||Million Dollar Strong|
|2011||I Like How It Feels||Himself|
|2016||Boombox||Laura Marano's Director|
|2016||La La (Visual)||Himself|
|2018||Waste It On Me||Steve Aoki feat. BTS|
"A Wedding" is the eighth episode of the sixth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 116th overall. The episode was written by Ross Maxwell, directed by executive producer Bradley Buecker, and first aired on February 20, 2015 on Fox in the United States.
The episode features the planning for and wedding day of Brittany Pierce and Santana Lopez, which unexpectedly turns into a double wedding, with Blaine Anderson and Kurt Hummel also marrying each other in a joint ceremony with Brittany and Santana. The episode features special guest stars Gloria Estefan as Santana's mother Maribel Lopez, Ken Jeong and Jennifer Coolidge as Brittany's parents Pierce and Whitney Pierce, and Gina Gershon as Blaine's mother Pam Anderson.All-Star Weekend (film)
All-Star Weekend is an upcoming independent sports comedy drama film directed and written by Jamie Foxx. Produced by Foxx, Avram 'Butch' Kaplan, Chuck Pacheco, and Deon Taylor, the film stars Foxx, Robert Downey Jr., Ken Jeong, Gerard Butler, Benicio del Toro, Jessica Szohr, and Eva Longoria.Dr. Ken
Dr. Ken is an American multi-camera sitcom that aired on ABC from October 2, 2015 to March 31, 2017. The series was created, written, and co-executive produced by its lead actor, Ken Jeong, who based the concept on his experience as a doctor prior to becoming a stand-up comedian. This television show was an ABC Studios/Sony Pictures Television co-production.On October 20, 2015, ABC ordered a full season of 22 episodes for the first season. On May 12, 2016, the series was renewed for a second season, which premiered on September 23, 2016. On May 11, 2017, ABC cancelled the series after two seasons.El Tonto
El Tonto is an upcoming comedy film written and directed by Charlie Day.Email Surveillance
"Email Surveillance" is the ninth episode of the second season of the American comedy television series The Office, and the show's fifteenth episode overall. Written by Jennifer Celotta, and directed by Paul Feig, the episode first aired in the United States on November 22, 2005 on NBC. The episode guest starred Ken Jeong and Omi Vaidya.
The series depicts the everyday lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In the episode, the company tech support employee gives Michael Scott (Steve Carell) the ability to read his employees' emails, causing him to find out that Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) is throwing a party that Michael was not invited to. Meanwhile, Pam Beesly (Jenna Fischer) begins to suspect that Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) and Angela Martin (Angela Kinsey) might secretly be having a relationship.
Ken Jeong explained that, while all the scenes were scripted, the actors were allowed to improvise their lines during the improv shots. Omi Vaidya revealed that, during the party scenes, the cast were allowed to drink real beer and play video games on an Xbox 360. "Email Surveillance" received largely positive reviews from television critics. The episode earned a Nielsen rating of 3.9 in the 18–49 demographic and was viewed by 8.3 million viewers in its original broadcast.Environmental Science (Community)
"Environmental Science" is the tenth episode of the first season of the American comedy television series Community. It aired in the United States on NBC on November 19, 2009. The episode centers on Spanish instructor Ben Chang's (Ken Jeong) unreasonable behavior after his wife leaves him.Furry Vengeance
Furry Vengeance is a 2010 American family comedy film directed by Roger Kumble, produced by Robert Simonds and Keith Goldberg, written by Michael Carnes and Josh Gilbert, co-produced by Participant Media, Imagenation Abu Dhabi and Robert Simonds Productions with music by Edward Shearmur, and distributed by Summit Entertainment.
It stars Brendan Fraser, Brooke Shields, and Ken Jeong with Dee Bradley Baker as the different animal vocal effects. It was theatrically released on April 30, 2010. The film earned $36.2 million on a $35 million budget, and it has a 7% approval rating at Rotten Tomatoes.Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale
Kelly Clarkson's Cautionary Christmas Music Tale is a Christmas television special produced by Done and Dusted for NBC. Directed by Hamish Hamilton, it stars Kelly Clarkson, Blake Shelton, Reba McEntire, Trisha Yearwood, Robin Williams, Whoopi Goldberg, William Shatner, Jay Leno, Matt Lauer, Danica Patrick, Heidi Klum, Ken Jeong, Jai Rodriguez and Morgan Bastin. It is a musical comedy pastiche loosely based on Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol where Clarkson's character learns the true meaning of Christmas, accompanied by the music of her sixth studio album Wrapped in Red. With its musical performances filmed live at The Venetian Las Vegas on October 30, 2013, the television special itself was broadcast on December 11, 2013 on NBC in the United States. The special won a Gold World Medal for best Variety Special in the New York Festival’s International Television & Film Awards. The special was aired on December 23, 2014 and December 17, 2015.Killing Hasselhoff
Killing Hasselhoff is an action comedy film starring Ken Jeong and David Hasselhoff.My Spy
My Spy is an upcoming American action comedy film directed by Peter Segal and starring Dave Bautista.Norm of the North
Norm of the North is a 2016 American-Indian-Irish computer-animated comedy adventure film directed by Trevor Wall and written by Daniel R. Altiere, Steven M. Altiere, and Malcolm T. Goldman. It features the voices of Rob Schneider, Heather Graham, Ken Jeong, Colm Meaney, Loretta Devine, Gabriel Iglesias, Michael McElhatton, and Bill Nighy. The UK version features the voice of James Corden. It was produced by Assemblage Entertainment, Splash Entertainment and Telegael, and distributed by Lionsgate.
The film was theatrically released on January 15, 2016, and grossed $30 million on an $18 million budget. The film was panned by critics for its animation, plot and humor. It temporarily held a rating of 0% (at 9% as of February 2019) on the review aggregation website Rotten Tomatoes.The DUFF
The DUFF is a 2015 American teen comedy film directed by Ari Sandel and written by Josh A. Cagan, based on the novel of the same name by Kody Keplinger with music by Dominic Lewis and produced by Susan Cartsonis, McG and Mary Viola. The film stars Mae Whitman, Robbie Amell, Bella Thorne, Nick Eversman, Skyler Samuels, Bianca Santos, Allison Janney, and Ken Jeong.
The film was distributed by Lionsgate and CBS Films and co-produced by Vast Entertainment, CBS Films and Wonderland Sound and Vision. It was released on February 20, 2015, by Lionsgate and CBS Films. It is the first film for which Lionsgate took over CBS Films' distribution functions.The Hangover
The Hangover is a 2009 American comedy film directed by Todd Phillips, co-produced with Daniel Goldberg, and written by Jon Lucas and Scott Moore. It is the first installment in The Hangover trilogy. The film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Heather Graham, Justin Bartha, Ken Jeong, and Jeffrey Tambor. It tells the story of Phil Wenneck, Stu Price, Alan Garner, and Doug Billings, who travel to Las Vegas for a bachelor party to celebrate Doug's impending marriage. However, Phil, Stu, and Alan wake up with Doug missing and no memory of the previous night's events, and must find the groom before the wedding can take place.
Lucas and Moore wrote the script after executive producer Chris Bender's friend disappeared and had a large bill after being sent to a strip club. After Lucas and Moore sold it to the studio for $2 million, Philips and Jeremy Garelick rewrote the script to include a tiger as well as a subplot involving a baby and a police cruiser, and also including boxer Mike Tyson. Filming took place in Nevada for 15 days, and during filming, the three main actors (Cooper, Helms, and Galifianakis) formed a real friendship.
The Hangover was released on June 5, 2009, and was a critical and commercial success. The film became the tenth-highest-grossing film of 2009, with a worldwide gross of over $467 million. The film won the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy, and received multiple other accolades. It is the tenth-highest-grossing worldwide film of 2009, as well as the second-highest-grossing R-rated comedy ever in the United States, surpassing a record previously held by Beverly Hills Cop for almost 25 years. It is the sixth-highest-grossing R-rated film in the U.S., behind The Passion of the Christ, The Matrix Reloaded, American Sniper, It, and Deadpool.
A sequel, The Hangover Part II, was released on May 26, 2011, and a third and final installment, The Hangover Part III, was released on May 23, 2013, though both films never received the same critical reception as their predecessor.The Hangover Part II
The Hangover Part II is a 2011 American comedy film produced by Legendary Pictures and distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures. It is the sequel to the 2009 film The Hangover and the second installment in The Hangover trilogy. Directed by Todd Phillips, who co-wrote the script with Craig Mazin and Scot Armstrong, the film stars Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifianakis, Ken Jeong, Jeffrey Tambor, Justin Bartha, and Paul Giamatti. It tells the story of Phil, Stu, Alan, and Doug as they travel to Thailand for Stu's wedding. After the bachelor party in Las Vegas, Stu takes no chances and opts for a safe, subdued pre-wedding brunch. Things do not go as planned, resulting in another bad hangover with no memories of the previous night.
Development began in April 2009, two months before The Hangover was released. The principal actors were cast in March 2010 to reprise their roles from the first film. Production began in October 2010, in Ontario, California, before moving on location in Thailand. The film was released on May 26, 2011 and became the highest-grossing R-rated comedy during its theatrical run.
A third and final installment, The Hangover Part III, was released on May 23, 2013.Then Came You (film)
Then Came You is a 2018 American independent adventure romantic comedy-drama film directed by Peter Hutchings and starring Asa Butterfield, Maisie Williams, Nina Dobrev, Tyler Hoechlin, David Koechner, Ken Jeong and Peyton List.==Plot==Mauser William is cancer patient soon going to die and with help of him she finishes her cancer-bucket listVampires Suck
Vampires Suck is a 2010 American horror comedy film directed by Jason Friedberg and Aaron Seltzer and starring Jenn Proske, Matt Lanter, Christopher N. Riggi, Ken Jeong, Anneliese van der Pol, and Arielle Kebbel. It is a parody of the Twilight film series. Just like the previous Friedberg and Seltzer movies, the film was panned by critics for its humor and plot. 20th Century Fox theatrically released the film on August 18, 2010.What the World Needs Now (Glee)
"What the World Needs Now" is the sixth episode of the sixth season of the American musical television series Glee, and the 114th overall. The episode was written by Michael Hitchcock, directed by Barbara Brown, and first aired on February 6, 2015 on Fox in the United States.
The episode takes place as Mercedes Jones returns to McKinley High to help Rachel Berry with New Directions, and at the same time convince her to attempt to return to New York to be on Broadway. Meanwhile, Santana Lopez and Brittany Pierce prepare for their wedding as Brittany tries to repair the torn relationship between Santana and her grandmother. Special guest appearances were made by Ken Jeong and Jennifer Coolidge as Brittany's parents, Pierce Pierce and Whitney Pierce, and Ivonne Coll who reprised her role as Alma Lopez, the grandmother ("abuela") of Santana Lopez, for the first time since her only appearance on the season three episode "I Kissed a Girl".
The episode received mixed to positive reviews from critics and in the U.S., the episode was watched by 1.58 million viewers, making this episode the least watched episode of Glee during its entire series run.Wonder Park
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