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Comedian Ronny Chieng to film ABC sitcom on being an international student

Stephen Clarke

Fri Nov 20 2015

Ronny Chieng, Can You Do This? No You Can’t, Melbourne International Comedy Festival

RONNY Chieng, one of Australia’s most popular comedians, is about to begin filming on an autobiographical sitcom about his time as an international student studying in Melbourne. Stephen Clarke has more. 

Malaysian Ronny Chieng brings the pain in his brand new hour special, as he shows you what he can do (and what you can't do) at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival.

Former international student and all-round funny man Ronny Chieng is taking time out from his new position at The Daily Show to star in a series about his former life as a student in Melbourne.

The sitcom called Ronny Chieng: International Studentis scheduled to air on ABC in 2016 and will follow the comedian’s life and struggles as a Malaysian-born Chinese student who moved to Melbourne to pursue a career in law before finding his calling as a stand-up comic – much to the chagrin of his mother.

Chieng announced in a tweet recently that the pilot episode for the series is being filmed at the University of Melbourne from November 23 – 27 and that volunteer extras will be needed to play fellow students. So if you’re looking to get yourself on television, make sure you contact his team!

Chieng has broken into the international comedy scene after appearing at comedy festivals around the world, selling out his new comedy show You Don’t Know What You’re Talking About and most recently moving to New York to become The Daily Show‘s Senior Technology Correspondent.