‘Daily Show’ Correspondent Ronny Chieng On Weddings, Getting Rid Of Sh*t, And Food In Australia

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As the 2016 election winds down, we’re spending the next week talking to some of the people who’ve been on the campaign season’s frontlines, the correspondents of The Daily Show With Trevor Noah in advance of the show’s live election day show on November 8th.

It’s almost over, you guys. If ever there was a legit long, national nightmare for Americans to be happy to see end, the 2016 presidential election campaign is it. And to think of how much worse it could have been if we didn’t have the outlets for comedy that we’ve had, chief among them, the Daily Show. Since joining the show in 2015, Ronny Chieng has been a big part of the show’s success, having starred in two of its most viral segments. While we all collectively may be beyond the point of fatigue with this election, new U.S. resident Chieng seems to be relishing it and loving every minute of it.

First of all I hear that you just got married. Congratulations.

Thanks so much. Got married a couple months ago, I should probably remember.

Any immediate insights into married life that you care to share with the world?

Oh. Yes, do it at City Hall, no family. Quick but easy.

I’m sure.

Oh my God it was the most easy going thing. If your purpose of getting married is to have an easy going time, it can’t get easier than having no family, just the two of you getting it done.

So many people that I’ve known that have had big weddings turn out to be just miserable and wind up hating each other on what should be a happy day because of all the stress they have to deal with, so I’m not surprised.

I definitely have seen that. I’m 31, so the last two years or so have been marriage time for a lot of my friends. I’ve definitely seen people stress out over the wedding prep and it gets so counterproductive.

Celebrate and be happy.

Yes, celebrate it instead of stressing out. I don’t know if it’s maybe cultural because Asian people take weddings pretty seriously, but yes, it’s gets very stressful at times, every little aspect of it.

I can’t believe you’re 31. You look like you’re 17.

I look like I’m 17? Oh man.

What’s your secret?

Makeup. I’ve never worn makeup in my life and now I wear makeup on the show for television to look pretty, and yes I guess I take that as a compliment.

Correct me if I’m wrong on any of this, but you’re of Chinese decent and you were born in Malaysia, you were raised in Singapore and in the U.S. and then you went to college in Australia, where you got a undergraduate law degree, and you came to the show from Australia, where you were working as a comic. What was that like? I never really thought about Australia as a place for stand up comedy, but it looks like there’s a pretty vibrant community there.

Yes, it’s good. Australia has the biggest comedy festival in the world in terms of size. It’s the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. That’s really been a good platform for comedy in Australia, and I lived in Melbourne, so we kind-of based our whole lives, careers around that. With the Melbourne Comedy Festival you had this platform to perform and something to work towards every year. Yes, there is stand up comedy outside of America.

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