Nominated for a 2018 Australian Writers Guild Award, TV Week Australia called Ronny Chieng: International Student “hilarious,” Sunday Age deemed it “screamingly hysterical” and gave it 5 stars, while the Herald Sun gave it 4 out of 4 stars and called it comedy “gold.” Ronny Chieng: International Student is loosely based on Chieng’s real life experience as a Chinese law student in Australia. It’s a series about being caught between worlds; between childhood and adulthood, between your old life and your new life, between your parent’s expectations and your own dreams - even if you haven’t worked out what they are. But mostly it’s about the stupid stuff that happens when you’re young and don’t know what the hell you’re doing.
In the series, which was co-written by Chieng (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah), Ronny plays a Malaysian student who’s come to Australia to study law. He’s smart, driven and competitive, which would make him the perfect law student, if he actually wanted to be a lawyer. As viewers follow Chieng from his first day on campus to the final exam of semester, he’ll encounter binge-drinking Australians, pompous blazer-wearing private school kids and hyper competitive anti-social Asian students who want him to act “more Asian.” A genuine outsider, Ronny is suspicious of any group that wants him as a member - be it the rowdy Australians, the Mahjong playing Asians or the blueblood...idiots. Blunt, barbed and not afraid to cut through the B.S., it’s not long before Ronny is at odds with most people on campus.
Named by Variety as one of 2016's “10 Comics to Watch,” Ronny Chieng is best known to American audiences as a correspondent for The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, which he joined in 2015. He will also be seen in the highly-anticipated Warner Brothers feature film, Crazy Rich Asians, based on the best-selling book by Kevin Kwan, in the role of Eddie Cheng, Nick’s status-obsessed cousin. Chieng and Declan Fay co-wrote Ronny Chieng: International Student, which previously aired on ABC in Australia, BBC in England and Comedy Central Asia.
The show premiered on U.S. Comedy Central on August 13 as the #1 brand in comedy’s first-ever app exclusive original series.
The show is available in Australia on DVD, Google Play and itunes.
RC:IS won Best Short at the 2016 Screen Producer Awards and was nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the Asian TV Awards and the Australian Writers Guild Awards for Best Comedy script.
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Pilot + 6 X Half hour comedy
ABC Premiere June 7th 2017
Broadcasters & Partners
ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Comedy Central.
Awards & Festivals
Winner Best Short at the 2016 Screen Producer Awards.
Nominated Best Comedy Programme at the Asian TV Awards.
Production Credits: A Sticky Pictures production, with funding from ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria and Comedy Central. Produced by Donna Andrews. Co-Producer Naomi Just. Executive Producers Donna Andrews and Stu Connolly. ABC Executive Producers Rick Kalowski and Andrew Gregory. Directed by Jonathan Brough. Written by Ronny Chieng, Declan Fay and Greg Larsen. Created by Ronny Chieng and Declan Fay.
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