Cancer Changed Ken Jeong’s Comedy

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From WNYC’s Living Cancer Series:

Ken Jeong describes his role in the 2009 blockbuster The Hangover as “the most obscene love letter to a spouse one could ever have.” He peppered his dialogue with bits of Vietnamese as an inside joke with his wife Tran.

Ken met his wife while they were both practicing medicine at the same hospital in Los Angeles. Ken had always done comedy on the side. He even performed midnight improv while he was working up to 100 hours a week during his medical residency. But after he and Tran married, he quit medicine to pursue acting full-time. Then, a year later, Tran was diagnosed with aggressive stage III breast cancer. They had twins who were a year old. And Ken had just gotten an offer to play an Asian mobster in a Las Vegas buddy movie.

Tran encouraged him to take the part. “You’re kind of burning out right now,” she told him. And he channeled his anger about her illness into his character’s comedic rage.

Seven years later, he talked to me about raising a family in the shadow of cancer and how his careers in comedy and medicine have converged in unexpected ways.

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“Baseball Believes” with Steve Carell, Colin Hanks and Ken Jeong

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Steve Carell, Colin Hanks And Ken Jeong Re-Enact Historic Baseball Moments In New MLB And Stand Up To Cancer Campaign Titled “Baseball Believes”

CAA Signs The Hangover’s Ken Jeong

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 07-09-2012

From Deadline.com
by Mike Fleming

EXCLUSIVE: CAA signed Ken Jeong, and will steer his career in both film and TV. Jeong really hit my radar in a small role in The Hangover, and I can’t get enough with this Asian with Attitude. He rose to a bigger role in The Hangover Part II, and though they stuck him in a freezer they couldn’t kill him, and he’s back in a bigger role in the Todd Phillips-directed The Hangover Part III with Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms. Jeong will next be seen in the Michael Bay-directed Pain and Gain opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dwayne Johnson, and he is voicing characters in Despicable Me 2 and the DreamWorks Animation film Turbo. Jeong is also a regular in the NBC series Community. He has even done Adidas commercials with Dwight Howard and Derek Rose, even though I’m fairly certain I could best him in a game of HORSE or in one on one. That is attitude.

He continues to be managed by Aligned Entertainment and lawyered by Chad Christopher.

Brilliant Classroom Characters: The Top 10 Wicked Smart Actors

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 24-05-2012

From Time Entertainment

In observance of spring break, TIME looks back at a distinguished class of actors who showed real star power in the classroom.

Ken Jeong
By Wook Kim

MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE ROLE(S): Leslie Chow, the nutjob gangster in both Hangover movies; and Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up

THE INTEL: The son of South Korean immigrants, Jeong was raised in Greensboro, North Carolina (where his father taught at nearby North Carolina A&T State). A distinguished high-school student, Jeong embarked on the academic arc that is every Asian parent’s dream: four years at a prestigious university (Duke) and an M.D. from a top medical school (UNC – Chapel Hill). It was during his residency in internal medicine at a New Orleans hospital that Jeong began working on his comedy.

CELEBRITY-BRAINIAC RATING, ON A “1” (SNOOKI) to “10” (COLLEGE PROFESSOR) SCALE: 8

Ken Jeong Recalls Being A “Really Serious And Pretty Intense” Doctor Before His Acting Career Took Off

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 30-09-2011

From RyanSeacrest.Com
Listen to the interview there.

By Jen Erenza
Posted on September 16, 2011 at 9:00 AM

Ken Jeong, who gained Hollywood recognition by playing the doctor on “Knocked Up” and as the crazy butt-naked villain in “The Hangover” visited “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” to tell us his journey to fame and his latest acting gig on NBC’s “Community“!

Former Doctor Kendrick Jeong recounts his journey from actually being a “really serious and pretty intense” general practitioner intern at Kaiser Permanente when he always knew acting was what he truly aspired to do in life. With past experience in acting, stand-up comedy on the side, and an audition for the movie later, he stopped practicing medicine to pursue his acting career!

But who knew coming into the studio that Dr. Ken would have a surprise patient working in the office! Mark, one of the “On Air” employees, realized that Ken was actually his doctor in Woodland Hills! Hilariously, he jokes to former patient Mark: “We’re not allowed to say it…foot fungus…we can’t say it out loud.” It was an embarrassing but funny encounter that he “met [a] former patient on air.”

After his first breakthrough performance, we will always remember his next and most recognized scene in “The Hangover” jumping out of the back of a car butt-naked! He admits that it was actually his own idea to bare it all! With these two successful films, he describes his journey: “‘Knocked Up’ opened the door and ‘Hangover’ just burst it wide open.”

His latest gig is acting as an all-around “pathetic annoying character” on NBC’s “Community” with friend Joel McHale. He describes the comedic TV show as “the best job day ever.”

As for the next ‘Hangover’ movie? He says it changed his life and would love to be a part of it! Catch Ken play his character “Chang” on NBC’s “Community” on Thursdays at 8/7c!

Emma Stone, Bill Hader, and Ken Jeong stand up to cancer… with The Force

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from Entertainment Weekly

Star Wars and Stand Up To Cancer — a.k.a. SU2C, the initiative founded in 2008 to help fund cutting-edge cancer research — have teamed up to create a special line of Star Wars-themed SU2C t-shirts called “Use the Force for Good.” And to commemorate the occasion, several celebs, including Emma Stone (Crazy, Stupid, Love.), Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live), and Ken Jeong (The Hangover Part II, Community), have banded together to share their love of the Star Wars universe. (It doesn’t hurt that the Blu-ray editions of the six Star Wars films hit stores this Friday.)

You can check out more of EW’s exclusive shots from Stone and Jeong’s involvement in the promotion below:

To mark the event — which coincides with the release of the Star Wars Blu-ray editions — a gaggle of geek-friendly celebs have gathered together to express their love of Star Wars and their commitment to SU2C. You can check out the video of Emma Stone, Zach Galifianakis, Seth Rogen, Aziz Ansari, Bill Hader, Andy Samberg, Ken Jeong, Ed Helms, Jaime King, and Samuel L. Jackson below, along with some exclusive outtakes featuring Samberg, Stone, Hader, Rogen, Jeong, and Helms. Stone also discusses how the late Laura Ziskin, the producer of The Amazing Spider-Man who was instrumental in SU2C (especially its two national telethons), was the catalyst for her involvement in the organization. Check the videos out below:

The outtakes can be watched here.

Ken Jeong Photobombs Kate Upton in GQ’s Slim Corduroy Pants Fashion Shoot

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 25-07-2011

from GQ: Just the Two of Us (and Ken Jeong)

When you and your bodacious girlfriend (who, if you’re lucky, looks like Kate Upton) jet off for a summer romp, pack a bag full of slimmed-down cords—and not much else. You’ll look sexy, and she’ll keep those starry eyes locked on you—even if you get photo-bombed by funnyman Ken Jeong.

Is Ken Jeong the Superstar of the Summer?

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 04-06-2011

From nbcnewyork.com:

Are we ready for the serious side of Ken Jeong? Or even weirder: the warm, fuzzy side?

PopcorrnBiz’s promised you more of our conversation with Jeong, the spazzy-but-sinister Mr. Chow in “The Hangover” films and aggro-sadsack Senor Chang on “Community,” and now we’ve got the lowdown on two more summer movies where once again we expect him to walk off with every scene he can: the blockbuster-in-waiting “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and family-friendly “Zookeeper.”

“In ‘Transformers: Dark of the Moon’ I play a coworker of Shia LaBeouf,” says Jeong, who networked his way into the role. “I was recommended to Michael Bay by [“Hangover” director] Todd Phillips and he helped me get the job. Michael Bay had a role with me in mind, and I met with him and we really got along. It was one of the greatest moments of my career, because I was a fly on the wall watching the big boys play: you’re talking Shia, you’re talking about Michael Bay, you’re talking about Steven Spielberg producing it.”

Jeong’s aware that the merits of the “Transformers” films are hotly debated, but says “I really admire Michael’s ability of making something so big and huge so intimate. I think to make these Transformers, Autobots and Decepticons so intimate, to care about them, is no small feat, and he does it seamlessly. I think this movie is going to be the best of the franchise, I really do.”

He doesn’t play his role in the action film entirely straight, he confesses. “There’s a bit of a funny edge, and a bit of an important edge to it. Shia would constantly tell me, ‘You’re really furthering the plot along in a very important way.’ He was always reminding me of that, in a good way. I love working off of him because, number one, he’s worked with Michael Bay twice on these ‘Transformer’ movies, so both of them know what they’re talking about; and number two, how he reacts off of CGI – I was really copying Shia’s lead.”

“It’s easy to react off of you and your energy, but it’s so much harder to generate my own energy and then react off that,” Jeong says of his green screen experience. “It’s double the work. It’s mentally exhausting. Shia has to do that all the time. It’s so hard. Michael is a genius at finessing that reaction. It’s the hardest form of acting that I’ve ever done, in so many ways. You really have to emote and that has nothing to do with comedy. It’s another form of acting that I learned. It’s almost like taking a master class with the best.”

“I looked at ‘Transformers’ for me as an educational experience,” he says, “like, ‘Wow, this is how the big boys do it! Maybe I can do something like this again and continue to get better at it, much like I’m continuing to get better in comedy.’ I really looked at it like being a fly on the wall. Even the interviews that I’ve done for ‘Transformers’ have all been in the mindset of, like, ‘Oh, I’m stupid. I just want to hear everyone else talk. I know nothing. I’m just learning.’”

Just week after “Transformers” debuts, Jeong’s next outing, “Zookeeper,” bows, poised to be a major hit with film-going families and yet another challenge for the actor. “With the ‘Zookeeper’, I love the fact that I’m a part of ‘The Hangover 2′ and then in a sci-fi movie and then in a family movie. It’s very, very enjoyable, mainly comedy. It’s a sweet movie with Kevin James, Rosario Dawson, Leslie Bibb, Joe Rogan and Donnie Wahlberg. I just saw the second trailer yesterday and it looks really, really sweet and cute. My character is Venom – I have long hair with tattoos. I’m like a reptile expert at the zoo.”

Jeong says that when it comes to roles that test his acting abilities, even outside his comedic comfort zone, he’s ready to take on all comers with the ferocity of Mr. Chow popping out of trunk.

“With every opportunity that I get I really want to make the most of it,” he explains. “I really just want to do the best that I can because I know I’ll never get this chance ever to do it. People say, ‘Oh, it’ll always happen.’ It’ll NEVER happen! You have to take advantage of it right now. You have to, at the very least, do your best. Otherwise, five years from now I won’t be working at all and I’ll just be regretting all these opportunities that I had that I didn’t make the most of. So I’m tired, but I’m a happy tired. My heart’s not tired.”

BY SCOTT HUVER

Can’t Get Enough Hangover Part II?

Posted by | Posted in News | Posted on 27-05-2011

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Mr. Chow Talking Bobble Head

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