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Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction - Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2014

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by Su-May Tan (subscribe)
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Ronny Chieng
Every once in a while (and quite often these days) I hear of something that makes me proud to be Malaysian. From people like Tash Aw and Amir Muhammad, to some guy who is working on the next avian flu vaccine. And then there's stand-up comedian, Ronny Chieng.

It's almost surreal to see a person on stage with a Malaysian accent appealing to a largely Caucasian crowd. Born in Malaysia, Ronny has lived in US and Singapore, and studied at the University of Melbourne (Commerce-Law), furnishing him with global experiences that shape the content of his show.

From the reactions of his traditional parents to his chosen career path to dating and women, iPhone troubles and internet woes, Chieng appeals to a universal crowd. He has carved for himself the persona of an angry man with deadpan humour and a sharp international wit which, coming from someone who looks like he could swear in five different Chinese dialects, makes it all the funnier.

Ronny's star has been rising fast since he was named best newcomer in the 2012 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. This year, his name was (literally) up in lights with a performance that bagged him the Director's Choice award.

Being obviously Chinese, he gets away with making fun of Chinese industry, stereotypes and obsessions with achievement. His show on the whole, however, tackles human behaviour and social norms that everyone can relate to including women's rights and the sudden wisdom he has achieved at the age of 28.

To find out when Ronny's next show is, check his website.
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Why? See stand-up comedy by a Malaysian
When: 27 Mar - 20 Apr
Where: The Hi-Fi & Melbourne Town Hall
Cost: $19 - $29
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