Written by and starring the internationally acclaimed stand-up comedian, Ronny Chieng: International Student was one of six comedy pilots which aired last year on ABC TV as part of a joint initiative with Screen Australia, Comedy Showroom, and becomes the first to be green lit to full series.
In the series (as in real life), Ronny Chieng is a Malaysian student who’s come to Australia to study law. Though smart, driven and competitive, he’s also blunt, barbed, and not afraid to cut through B.S. - so it’s not long before Ronny is at odds with most people on campus. Adding to Ronny’s rollercoaster is his strong relationship with his Malaysia-based mum, which veers between affection and agitation, often in the space of a single conversation, and a friendship with all-Australian classmate Asher (Molly Daniels) that could mean something more… if Ronny can ever work up the courage.
The series will hit screens on ABC TV and iview in mid-2017, with its U.S. premiere on Comedy Central to follow.
RC:IS won Best Short at the 2016 Screen Producer Award and was nominated for Best Comedy Programme at the Asian TV Awards.
Pilot + 6 X Half hour comedy
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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