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Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong, MD (born c. 1969), sometimes referred to as "Dr. Ken," is an Americanmarker comedian, actor, and physician.

Early life and medical career

Jeong, a Korean American, was born in Detroitmarker, Michiganmarker and raised in Greensboromarker, North Carolinamarker. His father, DK Jeong, was a professor at North Carolina A&T State Universitymarker in Greensboro for 35 years. Ken attended Walter Hines Page High Schoolmarker in Greensboro, where he took part in the High IQ team, played violin in the orchestra and was elected to student council. He graduated at 16 and his achievements earned him Greensboro’s Youth of the Year award.

He completed his undergraduate studies at Duke Universitymarker and attained his medical degree at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hillmarker in 1995. He then completed his Internal Medicine residency at Ochsner Medical Center in New Orleansmarker while developing his stand-up comedy.

Career in show business

His big break came when he won the Big Easy Laff-Off, of which NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and Improv founder Budd Friedman were judges. They both urged Jeong to move to Los Angelesmarker, and he began performing regularly at the Improv and Laugh Factorymarker comedy clubs.

Jeong's background in theater and improv has led to several television appearances, including NBC's The Office, HBO's Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Jeong had supporting roles in the films Knocked Up, Pineapple Express, Role Models, All About Steve, The Goods: Live Hard, Sell Hard, and The Hangover. He has a cameo in Couples Retreat. He completed filming Furry Vengeance and The Zookeeper, both to be released in 2010. He is a series regular on NBC's sitcom Community.

Personal life

Jeong's wife, Tran Ho, is also a doctor. Together, they have twin daughters, Alexa and Zooey.

Filmography



Television



References

  1. USA Today profile dated Sept. 3, 2009 lists him as "40" - http://www.usatoday.com/life/people/2009-09-02-ken-jeong_N.htm
  2. http://www.news-record.com/content/2009/06/19/article/greensboro_native_finds_funny_bone_in_movie
  3. "Dr. Ken Jeong". Justforlaughs.com. Retrieved June 3, 2007.


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