12:00pm PT by Rebecca Ford
Ken Jeong, Jon M. Chu Team for Netflix Stand-Up Special (Exclusive)
It's a Crazy Rich Asians reunion: Ken Jeong has set his first-ever comedy special and has enlisted CRA helmer Jon M. Chu to direct.
The Hangover star was most recently seen in the breakout hit Crazy Rich Asians, which earned a massive $35 million in its five-day debut and then added $24.8 million in its second weekend. In total, the romantic comedy has earned $80 million domestically in just two weeks.
Tentatively titled Ken Jeong: First Date, Jeong will take the stage to reflect on his journey from doctor to comedy star, and will open up about how his wife’s battle with breast cancer led to him starring in 2009's The Hangover. The Netflix special will premiere in 2019.
Filming will take place Sept. 15 at the Ice House Comedy Club in Pasadena, where Jeong first got his start in comedy. Den of Thieves is producing the special. Jeong will executive produce with Brett Carducci.
“I am thrilled to work with Jon again, and his brilliant cinematic eye will capture the energy and excitement of my first stand-up special," says Jeong.
Netflix has become the go-to home for stand-up specials, with top talent including Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle and Jerry Seinfeld. Earlier in August, the streaming giant announced that breakout comedian Tiffany Haddish has set her next stand-up special for 2019.
In Warner Bros.' adaptation of Crazy Rich Asians, Jeong plays Wye Mun Goh, the colorful father of Peik Lin (Awkwafina), who helps Rachel (Constance Wu) find acceptance among her boyfriend's (Henry Golding) wealthy Singaporean family. The actor will next be seen in several films, including Goosebumps 2, Boss Level and Wonder Park. Jeong's TV credits include Community and Dr. Ken, which he created, executive produced, wrote and starred in. In 2019, he will serve as a judge on Fox's celebrity singing competition The Masked Singer. Jeong is repped by ICM Partners, Brett Carducci/Aligned Entertainment and Stone Genow.
Chu, whose previous work includes Now You See Me 2, the concert doc Justin Bieber: Never Say Never and G.I. Joe: Retaliation, helmed Crazy Rich Asians, the first nonperiod studio picture in over 25 years to feature an all-Asian cast, based on Kevin Kwan's hit book. He has never been busier: Chu will soon direct the film adaptation of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony Award-winning musical In the Heights for Warner Bros., and is set to direct and exec produce a series inspired by 11-year-old investigative reporter Hilde Lysiak for Apple. Additionally, the plan is for him to return to direct the sequel to Crazy Rich Asians at Warners. Jeong's Netflix project will be Chu's first time directing a comedy special. He is repped by Artists First, UTA and Stone, Genow.