'Community's Ken Jeong To Star In His Own Show, But How Did He Even Become Famous In The First Place?
Good news, Señor Chang fans: Ken Jeong has been tapped to play himself in an MTV comedy pilot. (But don't freak out — his new role will not get in the way of Jeong being hysterically weird and slightly frightening on an emotional level on the recently renewed Community . Thank god.)
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Jeong is set to star in the self-titled Ken Jeong Made Me Do It , a coming-of-age comedy co-written by Andy St. Clair (Arrested Development) and Paul O'Toole. The show, which changed its name to reflect the highly sought-after actor, follows a 22-year-old named Andy "who, after catching his girlfriend cheating, accidentally rear-ends Jeong's fancy car. Taking pity on Andy, Jeong takes it upon himself to teach him how to man up." (Can we all just pause for a moment and reflect upon how amazing this show title is? We can already imagine the laugh-out-loud possibilities.)
But here's the thing: How did Jeong even get to this superstar level? Wasn't he a doctor, like, yesterday? Now he's starring in his own show that's titled after his own name — that's seriously impressive. Let's take a stroll down "Ken Jeong Memory Lane" to figure out when he became the "It" actor he is today:
Dr. Ken Jeong, at your service.
Yeah, that's right — Jeong definitely used to be a full-time physician.
The secret comedy life of Dr. Jeong.
According to an interview with NPR, Jeong would let off some steam after a long day of medical work by performing comedy sets on various stages.
Part-time doctor, part-time actor.
While still practicing medicine, comedy sets eventually turned into acting on the small screen until 2007 when he got...
His big break: Knocked Up.
The doctor-turned-actor credits his big break to Judd Apatow and Knocked Up, which lead to...
His second big break: The Hangover.
Who could ever forget Mr. Chow? "That changed my life overnight," Jeong says in his interview with NPR. "It changed everything for me. ... I always say Knocked Up opened the doors and The Hangover just burst it wide open."
The rest is history.
Since The Hangover, Jeong has pretty much become a staple in the Hollywood circle. From playing his insane Community alter-ego to voicing endless animated characters to his long-list of upcoming roles, Jeong has proven that he's not going anywhere anytime soon.
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