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Ronny Chieng (multiple showtimes)


  • Comedy Club on State 202 State Street Madison, WI, 53703 United States (map)

American audiences know Ronny Chieng mostly for helping to prove that The Daily Show can still thrive in the post-Jon Stewart era, especially thanks to an October 2016 segment in which he pilloried Fox News ding-dong Jesse Watters for a racist dispatch about New York's Chinatown. Whereas Watters' segment attempted to portray Asian Americans as doddering and ignorant of the 2016 presidential race, Chieng (who was born in Malaysia) went and re-reported the whole thing, interviewing people in Chinatown in Mandarin when necessary and revealing a far more nuanced picture—in other words, delivering the kind of journalistically righteous but also mercilessly funny work that people need from TDS. In his stand-up, Chieng has a knack not just for parsing the humor embedded in everyday situations, but for uncovering spirals of madness in the ordinary, as in one short but explosively effective bit about trying to make social plans. He plays this run of shows as his new show Ronny Chieng: International Student gets its start on the BBC. —Scott Gordon

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