"I know all the Singaporean comics, so I’m definitely gonna get one of them to open for me, yeah"
Born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, Chieng was raised in the US and lived in Singapore for ten years.
The 34-year-old comedian speaks fondly of Singapore and tells Yahoo about his must-dos when he returns to the city.
“When I’m back in Singapore, I go to Tong Ah Eating House, Ah Chiang’s Porridge, and this Peranakan joint near Raffles Place called Chong Wan Ge Cafè,” Cheing says.
“I’m everywhere; I’m trying to get prata and chicken rice from Boon Tong Kee, which is great.”
Chieng is due to perform Tone Issues, at the Esplanade Theatre in Singapore this November. Of course, people are keen to know what he will be touching upon when returning home.
“Yeah, the natural instinct is to ask, what will you be showing?” He said. “If you’re really sitting there going, have you talked about this, then you’re probably not gonna like standup comedy. So I don’t know how to talk about, what I’m going to talk about.”
Chieng revealed that he will be introducing Singapore acts to his show too.
“I know all the Singaporean comics, so I’m definitely gonna get one of them to open for me, yeah.”
He is also a self-professed fan of Malaysian and Singaporean comedians.
“In 2010, I started doing comedy in Singapore, and the local comics like Shahrul (Channa), Rishi (Budhrani) and Jinx Yeo are amazing,” he said. “From Malaysia, (Dr.) Jason Leong is great; so are Douglas Lim and Jen Han.”
Ronny Chieng’s Netflix standup special titled Asian Comedian Destroys America! will launch on 17 December.