Ken Jeong is quite an amazing person based on his resume alone. So he was originally a doctor doing some stand-up comedy on the side, and then became an amazing actor. I think what makes him really unique is that he’s Korean and he gave up being a doctor because he wanted to be an actor. All I could think about is that Asian parents would probably be disappointed if their son or daughter went from a doctor (the dream job) to an actor (the other job). And he did just that, and his parents seemed okay with that.
So he made a Netflix special called “You Complete Me, Ho” and I didn’t know what to expect. All I could think about is that an Asian is doing stand-up comedy and that his performance is kind of reminding me of Ellen’s Netflix special (You can view my post about it here). But overall, I was really underwhelmed. Still funny.
The first thing that made me think of Ellen’s performance was a couple of statements he said during the performance. He mentioned a story about having to withdraw money from the ATM, and made a joke about how it was a lot of money, jabbing at the fact that he’s rich. He also mentioned that when he traveled, it’s first class. FIRST CLASS. That’s the dream.
Here are some more quotes:
- “And it’s an honor to entertain the lowers.”
- “…as a minority millionaire.”
- “So there I am, sobbing in my mansion, eating some Pad Thai, yelling at my houseboy.”
- “I’m a rich person who just got richer.”
When I watched Ellen make those kind of quotes in her Netflix special, they are great. And I realized that listening to celebrities brag about their money was hilarious. We know that they have a lot of money. But do we know what they have? They probably have a big house, but I didn’t realize that they had a “houseboy” or “butler” (Ellen).
Ken is one of the best representation of Asian people. His life is pretty much the stereotype for Asians as well. Most of the parents want you to become a doctor or a lawyer, or those other high paying jobs, and then the other stereotype is that Asian men have small penises. I respect him for bringing that up and telling people about these kind of stereotypes. I also love how he doesn’t care about how small his “ding-dong” is, as he says. Isn’t the other stereotype in the world that white men are scared to have a small penis?
One of the best stories he had about being Korean was when he talks about meeting Tom Hanks. And Tom sees that he’s Asian, and when Ken speaks to Tom, Tom made a comment about how he doesn’t have an accent. Well, Ken did grow up in the US. I have had similar encounters like that. I lived in China for 10 years and I’m half-Taiwanese, and when I mention either of those things, people respond with “but you speak English so fluently!” or “but you don’t have an accent!” So I relate to Ken for those situations; when people assume that since you look Asian, you’re going to have an accent.
Ken’s wife is named Tran Ho, and she is Vietnamese, and the special had a great part where he engages with the audience. First off, the audience has many Asians in there, which I think it’s great because they get to watch some Asian representation here. I think it’s similar to how black people were super excited about Black Panther. But some of his audience members have the last name “Ho.” And one woman even had the full name “Tran Ho” and was Vietnamese. The interactions he had with the audience made the show so much more fun, and it probably makes it more interesting for the audience as well. To me, that means that the comedy shows he do will always be a little different, and that’s special.
One story that he mentioned was that he was in jury duty for a murder trial. And that being famous doesn’t get you out of it. That’s fair; just because you’re famous doesn’t mean you get out of doing all the other things in the world, like buy groceries or pay taxes (or whatever). But when he mentions that the defendant recognized him, isn’t that what they don’t want? I don’t know how intense this murder trial was, but isn’t that a bad thing? Isn’t there situations where the defendant kills the jurors to rig the trial or delay the trial in some way? So doesn’t that mean that Ken Jeong was in an unsafe situation? Or that he should’ve been pulled out of the jury? I hope I understand the jury duty enough to know what I’m saying…
I always think about when comedians make sex jokes and their family is in the audience. Out of curiousity, doesn’t that make them a little uncomfortable? I know some comedians talk about stuff like that, and they can be funny, but Ken did these jokes with his wife in the audience. Does she get a little uncomfortable with those jokes? Does she ever have a problem with it? Or what about the joke he did about his daughter being an amazing actress and being jealous about it? Does that joke make Tran uncomfortable? Or even h is daughter? What’s it like in the comedian world?
Anyway, it was really cute to have Ken dedicate a show to his wife. Although I thought it was a little weird and uncomfortable with the jokes. It also sounded like he was kind of making stuff up as he goes along, because I think when he goes off his joke script, he says “dude” a lot, like a nervous thing. But who knows? Maybe that’s the experience we’re supposed to have. Unpredictable! And it was also amazing to hear that his wife is 10 years cancer free, and I hope she stays forever cancer free.