AOL Build: Ken Jeong

You know him from The Hangover movies, and as the psychotic Ben Chang on Community. On October 1, TV and City joined former doctor Ken Jeong in an AOL Build event to learn about his new ABC sitcom Dr. Ken.

In the semi-autobiographical show, Jeong plays Dr. Ken, a brilliant physician with no bedside manner. He is always trying to be a good doctor, as well as a good husband and dad to his two kids. However, these good intentions have a way of driving everyone crazy at both work and at home. Luckily, his therapist wife Allison is just the right partner to keep things sane.

Here are the top 3 moments from the event:

3: Ken Jeong was an actual, serious doctor.

Before breaking into the biz in Knocked Up, Jeong was a physician doing stand-up at night. Some of his patients even found out. He says he was a “late bloomer” in terms of wanting to perform and act. He strove for medical school, and only in college did he become interested in this side hobby.


Good news for Community fans: On the topic of the 6 season comedy, the actor expressed his desire for the concluding movie. When asked by an audience member what Jeong would want the story to be, he noted that while that’s really a question for Dan Harmon, he would love to see a “Troy arc.” Jeong also stated that he thinks Community is “the best comedy since Arrested Development.”

1: The statement of Dr. Ken is that there is no statement.

“Even Fresh Off The Boat hasn’t done this,” Jeong said. There are no jokes about Asian stereotypes on Dr. Ken. “You’re not seeing the life of an Asian family through the point of view of a white man.” This is a big milestone for Asian-Americans being represented on television, and in general entertainment.

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