Outsider eye on politics gives Malaysian funnyman Ronny Chieng an edge

Malaysian Ronny Chieng, a correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, taps American and home news to create segments for the Emmy award-winning show

Comedian Ronny Chieng completed most of his education in Singapore.
Comedian Ronny Chieng completed most of his education in Singapore. PHOTO: ABC
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As a correspondent on the satirical news programme The Daily Show with Trevor Noah, Malaysian funnyman Ronny Chieng has immersed himself in American politics. But he keeps a close eye on politics back home, including the excitement of the recent Malaysian election.

In a one-on-one chat with The Straits Times in Los Angeles recently, the Johor-born Chieng, who has lived in New York for two years and appeared on the show since 2015, says he was glued to the Malaysiakini news portal during the campaign.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on July 16, 2018, with the headline Outsider eye on politics gives Malaysian funnyman Ronny Chieng an edge. Subscribe