Dr. Ken Airs on ABC on Friday Nights + Interview with Ken Jeong
Have you seen the ABC comedy series “Dr. Ken” yet? It aired for it’s first season last year and is back again on Friday nights! “Dr. Ken” stars Ken Jeong – actor, producer and writer known for his scene stealing abilities who’s established himself as one of today’s top comedic stars.
Dr. Ken stars Ken Jeong as Dr. Ken, Suzy Nakamura as Allison, Tisha Campbell-Martin as Damona, Dave Foley as Pat, Jonathan Slavin as Clark, Albert Tsai as Dave and Krista Marie Yu as Molly. ABC’s new comedy Dr. Ken was written by Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, and Mike O’Connell. Executive Producers are Jared Stern, Ken Jeong, John Davis, John Fox and Mike Sikowitz, with Mike O’Connell as co-executive producer. Dr. Ken is produced by Sony Pictures Television and ABC Studios.
Ken’s Banquet Snub – Airs 10/7 on ABC
When a neighbor girl (guest star Zooey Jeong, Ken Jeong’s real-life daughter) stands outside the kitchen window staring at Albert, Molly and D.K. try to scare her off. Meanwhile, Ken is surprised when he learns that Pat, instead of him, is asked to emcee this year’s annual Welltopia banquet; and Clark and Damona debate relationship styles as it relates to their individual partners.
About Ken Jeong
Before doing this interview, I didn’t know that much about Ken Jeong. I knew Ken Jeong for his roles in “The Hangover” and “The Hangover II” (as the Asian mobster, Mr. Chow), “Knocked Up” (he played the doctor), Judd Apatow’s “Role Models” (he played the villain), “Pineapple Express” and “Step Brothers.”
Jeong’s career path started off on a different course. He earned his undergraduate degree at Duke University and then went on to earn his medical degree at the University of North Caroline. He completed his internal medicine residency in New Orleans while developing his comedy as well. In 1995, he won the Big Easy Laff Off – a competition judged by former NBC President Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman. This turned out to be his “big break,” as Tartikoff and Friedman urged him to head to Los Angeles.
Once Jeong was in Los Angeles, he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factory. He was also seen on a number of television shows, including “The Office,” “Entourage” and “MADtv.” He really stepped into the career of a feature film actor when he caught the eye of Judd Apatow, who cast him as Dr. Kuni in “Knocked Up.”
In 2006, Jeong and fellow comedian Mike O’Connell created a YouTube video called “Million Dollar Strong,” a spoof rap duo. In 2011, he came back as Mr. Chow in The Hangover 2. He was most recently seen in Universal’s “Ride Along 2” with Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, and then was a voice in Liongate’s animated film, “Norm of the North.”
In television, he was a series regular on the critically acclaimed NBC show, “Community,” from 2009-2015. In 2015, Jeong directed an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Student/Athlete, and he also produced the Sundance award-winning film, “Advantageous.” He now stars, produces and writes for Dr. Ken on ABC.
Getting to Know Ken Jeong on a Personal Level and Learn More About Dr. Ken
Ken Jeong feels blessed to have people who have accepted him for who he is. He couldn’t be happier to have a wife who fully supports what he is doing. They’ve been married for 12 years and have two nine-year old twin daughters. One daughter stars on the show and his other daughter competes in gymnastics. In his personal life, Jeong spends a lot of his off time volunteering with Stand Up 2 Cancer, which is a cause very dear to his heart. He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and twin daughters.
“Dr. Ken” is one of the most grounded projects he’s even been a part of. Every decision runs through him and he feels that Dr. Ken is the perfect sitcom for families on Fridays. Jeong feels that Dr. Ken is a very balanced, sweet show. He was very excited about it’s influence as the Second Asian American broadcast sitcom on TV.
One of his role models is Steve Carrell. He admires his balance of work and family and it really amazes him how dedicated to his family and comedy he is. He also admires Joel McHale from Community and how he balanced his home and family life with work.
Jeong talked about how medicine will always be a part of his life. He had a good life before “The Hangover” and before he transitioned into acting. If this had never happened, he would have been fine. He looks at it from a glass half full perspective – that you can only do what life offers you. Right now, comedy and acting is what life happened to offer him and he’s very grateful to be in the position that he’s been in for as long as he’s been in it. He’s worked longer now as an actor than as a doctor. He thinks the work ethic that he has on his show is exactly the same ethic he had as a physician and he takes a lot of pride in it.
It was great interviewing Ken Jeong and I definitely felt his passion and sincerity during his interview. I’m looking forward to watching Dr. Ken with my family this season on ABC.
Have you seen Dr. Ken? Do you watch it with your family?
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