Australia-based comedian Ronny Chieng has just been announced as The Daily Show‘s newest team member.
The programme is set to re-launch on Sept 28 in the US with its new host, South African comedian Trevor Noah, after Jon Stewart ended his 16-year run a few months back.
Chieng was born in Johor Baru, Johor, and grew up in Singapore and the US, before moving to Melbourne, Australia to study. He holds a degree in Commerce as well as a degree in Law, but decided to do stand up comedy after only practising law for a few months.
Chieng, who turns 30 this week, will be working with other new talents on The Daily Show like Desi Lydic (from the MTV show Awkward) and comedian Roy Wood. He auditioned to be part of the show about two months ago.
Chieng is currently on tour in Britain where he performed at the Edinburgh Fringe festival. He was scheduled to continue his tour in Australia, but with the job, Chieng is said to be heading straight to New York to film The Daily Show. “I packed for a month of touring, not for New York. I don’t even have time to fly home,” he told The Guardian.
In 2012, Chieng was named best newcomer in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He performed at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow in Petaling Jaya, Selangor last year and received wonderful reception from fans in Malaysia.
— Trevor Noah (@Trevornoah) September 3, 2015
— Ronny Chieng (@ronnychieng) September 2, 2015
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