Ken Jeong Recalls Being A “Really Serious And Pretty Intense” Doctor Before His Acting Career Took Off [AUDIO]

September 16, 2011 9:00 am
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Ken Jeong, who gained Hollywood recognition by playing the doctor on “Knocked Up” and as the crazy butt-naked villain in “The Hangover” visited “On Air With Ryan Seacrest” to tell us his journey to fame and his latest acting gig on NBC’s “Community“!

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Former Doctor Kendrick Jeong recounts his journey from actually being a “really serious and pretty intense” general practitioner intern at Kaiser Permanente when he always knew acting was what he truly aspired to do in life. With past experience in acting, stand-up comedy on the side, and an audition for the movie later, he stopped practicing medicine to pursue his acting career!

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But who knew coming into the studio that Dr. Ken would have a surprise patient working in the office! Mark, one of the “On Air” employees, realized that Ken was actually his doctor in Woodland Hills! Hilariously, he jokes to former patient Mark: “We’re not allowed to say it…foot fungus…we can’t say it out loud.” It was an embarrassing but funny encounter that he “met [a] former patient on air.”

After his first breakthrough performance, we will always remember his next and most recognized scene in “The Hangover” jumping out of the back of a car butt-naked! He admits that it was actually his own idea to bare it all! With these two successful films, he describes his journey: “‘Knocked Up’ opened the door and ‘Hangover’ just burst it wide open.”

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His latest gig is acting as an all-around “pathetic annoying character” on NBC’s “Community” with friend Joel McHale. He describes the comedic TV show as “the best job day ever.”

As for the next ‘Hangover’ movie? He says it changed his life and would love to be a part of it! Catch Ken play his character “Cheng” on NBC’s “Community” on Thursdays at 8/7c!

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