Funny side up!

Funny side up!


Funny side up!

In the first 15 minutes of meeting him, stand-up comedian Ronny Chieng comes across as funny and different.

The quirkiness and sharp wit can make one roll in laughter.

Famous for his satirical attacks and a podcast, in which he had discussed health tips with his sister as a ‘quest to end stupidity’, Ronny, who was in India, gave Indians a taste of his talent by tickling their funny bones.

His scripts are mainly based on his life experiences and conflicts that he has faced with himself and his friends.

He is careful to show something different at every gig, but sticks to his aggressive style and likes to talk about his race and poke fun at technology as he spends a lot of time on the internet. 

He describes India and the people here as ‘great’ as he feels they aren’t too fussy but warm when it comes to welcoming expatriates.

“It was great to see a lot of locals at my show. I can’t think of a better way to see India.”

The quick-thinking comedian is at a loss for words as to what makes him laugh and after a long pause and much thinking, adds, “silly things like cats’ photos on the internet”. 

It’s hard to believe that the talented man has had horrible gigs and receives hate mail.

Though he takes them more seriously than he should, it doesn’t deter his confidence as he wishes to brush criticism aside and at some point, reassures himself that he can’t please everyone.

The comedian, who also has ‘round-the-clock’ shows on television, says that a live act is more challenging than the one on a projected screen because of the number of re-takes and the illusion of ‘real’ that television can create.

Currently, he is working on a comedy special that is scheduled to release next year, which includes three one-hour shows but Ronny loves to watch movies, surf the internet and play basketball when he is free.

Despite the fame he has achieved, he still feels the humour industry is a tough nut to crack.

“You have to be aware of yourself, your scripts and know what’s working and what’s not, to get it right. Comedy is really hard as you expect people to laugh at what you say all the time.”

Ronny also shows there is a solemn side to him. There really is no reason why one shouldn’t spend money to watch him.

“If people don’t want to come to my show, it’s fine, but I hope those who do, enjoy themselves.”