Ronny Chieng is undoubtedly one of Australia’s biggest new comedy stars. You’ve seen him everywhere even if you don’t quite know it yet – he starred as the talking Mr. Meowgi in Sam Simmons’ Problems, and has recently returned to screens on ABC’s dramedy It’s a Date.
Ronny dropped in at Late Night Library fresh off the back of a stellar six months of festival and international touring, starting with a spot on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, followed by a critically acclaimed and Best of the Fest nominated show at Sydney Comedy Festival. After next heading outback with the Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow, Ronny took off for an acclaimed international tour starting with an appearance at the Montreal Just for Laughs Festival 2013 on the Eddie Izzard Gala which critics called “showstopping” [LaughSpin] and “Brilliant” [Montreal Gazette]. On then to Edinburgh Fringe Festival where Ronny was named by both Time Out London and Chortle UK as one of the top ten international acts at the Fringe, followed by a solo season at London’s SOHO Theatre earmarked by Time Out London as both a Critics Choice and one of the Top Ten comedy shows in London.
A stand up comedian with a Degree in Commerce and a Degree in Law, Ronny is a Chinese guy, born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia, raised in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, USA and Singapore. Ronny came to Australia to attend the University of Melbourne, and he’s been on the rise as one of Australia’s finest comedy talents ever since.
Not too shabby for someone who kicked off their comedy career in 2009.
Images below courtesy of Zakarij Kaczmarek
After the pull-out-all-the-stops runaway success of Late Night Library at Surry Hills, including an FBI Radio SMAC Award nomination for Best Arts Event, like any good cult, LNL is back with more branches – this time in Newtown. 2042? 204-you more like it. This time it’s at Newtown Library, a former Salvation Army Hall with a quaint quiet gallery space – and Campfire Collective plan to tear the roof off the sucker with a laughter explosion.
Campfire Collective presents Never Not Funny at Late Night Library, Newtown. Every few weeks Campfire Collective let you sit back and relax and take in a healthy dose of mirth as the laughter monster splits your sides with a fast and furious giggle-fest with the best and brightest in alternative and emerging comedy and some special surprises.
And hold on, let’s not forget, this is all FREE thanks to City of Sydney. So take that hard earned cash, hit our friends at Corridor bar or some such King Street establishment for a drink, get yourself some din dins and then head over to polish the night off with free laughs, wine and cheese. But don’t forget to BOOK as these things always go quick.
The first announcement for November features the mad and wonderful John Conway; and the weird, casual and dual Smart Casual. Read on my pretties.
Never Not Funny, Wednesday November 14, 8:30pm
The New Conway Dimension feat John Conway & Michael Burke
So What is The New Conway Dimension? It’s like Michael organised a space party and Conway arrived with a variety of lizards and everyone got worried that Conway and the lizards were going to ruin the party; but it turned out that the lizards were amazing DJ’s and Conway is a mad MC. Or as John describes the show, “It’s like if a new bird was found and everyone wanted to be around it all the time.”
Yeah, it’s just like that. Fresh from hit runs at Edinburgh Fringe and London’s Soho Theatre, in just a few years Conway’s unconventional and eccentric approach to comedy has confirmed him as an underground cult hit at international festivals around the world with over-zealous fans and sell out performances.
Best Newcomer Nominee Melbourne Comedy Festival 2011
“This Sh*t is Live” ★★★★ Herald Sun
“Enough bonhomie to bring hilarity to the masses” ★★★★ The List, UK
“Conway simply has funny bones.” Chortle UK
“Demented, in a wonderful way.” The Age
Late Night Library fills up very fast, please book here for Conway
Check out vids of Conway gearing up for Friday Night Dubstep or doing an ad, to get an idea of what you may or may not be in for.
In 50 minutes, Smart Casual will recreate their childhood on stage. They will delve into their past and explore their secret boyish desires. They will look at the fads and the people that made the first part of their life very, very special – wankers. A rollicking referential ride through the best of the 80, 90s and 000s brought to life with the diamond (ok, cubic zirconia) wit of Smart Casual; get ready to relive their unhealthy and damn funny childhood.
‘You won’t have to wait long between laughs in this fast-paced adventure.”
★★★★ Adelaide Advertiser
“Immediately likeable. Aussie laconic humour is alive and well.” The Age
Never Not Funny, Wednesday November 28, 8:30pm
Late Night Library fills up very fast, please book here for Smart Casual
The Sydney Fringe kicks off this week bringing Sydney three weeks of theatre, comedy, visual arts, cabaret and more. Beyond the Fringe at Late Night Library this coming Thursday showcases some of The Fringe’s hottest comedians with titillating teasers from their upcoming shows.
Check out Jennifer Wong, with a chapter or two from Battle Hymn of the Swan Luck Club.
A couple of rhymes from Michael Hing’s show I’m Only Doing This Because They Won’t Let Me Be a Rapper.
And Michael Workman, almost direct from Edinburgh Fringe which was part of his prize package from his Best Newcomer Award at this year’s Melbourne Comedy Festival, will give a snippet from his new show Mercy.
This free show will fill up, so remember, the only way you can guarantee a seat is by booking with the Library on 8374 6230.
This week at Late Night Library we heard from Sydney’s favourite food bloggers, Lee Tran Lam from The Unbearable Lightness of Being Hungry, Thang Ngo from Noodlies and Howard and Minh from Eat, Show & Tell. Lee Tran shared her thoughts on Sydney hipster food trends, she likes macaroons but is not into cupcakes, Howard shared his Sydney coffee tips, Klink is where its at and his favourite San Fran food vans, Ming showed us her amazing photos of Melbourne food haunts and Thang shared his Noodlies story and Cabramatta’s best noodle joints.