Ronny Chieng knows that there can be a funny side to being an international student.

Because he was one.  And also, because he’s now one of Australia’s best-known comedians.

Chieng is a successful stand-up, a correspondent for the satirical U.S. news program, The Daily Show and the star of upcoming TV show Ronny Chieng: International Student.

Chieng describes his show as, “a silly and lighthearted sitcom about my time as an international student at an Australian university, but inspired by real events and people,”

Finally, the world gets a lighter look at the trials and tribulations of international education!

Chieng’s Story…

Ronny is Malaysian born Chinese, raised in the USA and Singapore.  He came to The University of Melbourne to study Law and Commerce.  The story goes that he had signed up to perform at the university’s student comedy festival every year of his degree, but kept bailing at the last minute.

In his final year, though, he bit the bullet, stepped up for a five-minute set and won the show.

Since then, he made some giant strides in a tiny amount of time.  In 2012 he won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival.  In 2015 came his US television debut on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. 

The same year,  an audition he filmed at home in Melbourne, ended up with him being offered the role of a lifetime on The Daily Show in New York.

 The Lesson…

Just bite the bullet, do that thing that scares you.


Chieng at the Enmore Theatre, 2015


As well as keeping himself busy with things like the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and making his own show, Chieng undertakes many admirable endeavours, such as…

He has his own excellent food guide to Melbourne.

He has a podcast which isn’t all jokes – sometimes he gets deep on the universal importance of backing up your iPhone photos.

Sometimes, he asks the world for advice…


Chieng’s new show is part of ABC TV’s new Comedy Showroom, where viewers will get to decide which pilot shows are the best and worthy to be developed into a full series, so don’t forget to check it out and tell them what you think.