Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction (3 stars)

This article is from 2015

Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction

credit: Jim Lee

An hour-long rant from the most angry human ever born

Ronny Chieng is an angry young man. Once the crazed introductory light show ceases, reminding us we’re not about to witness a boxing match in Vegas, Chieng takes to the stage with barely a hello to an expectant crowd, launching immediately into an attack upon the idiocy of Facebook users and their concerns over personal data. The overly suspicious employees of an Apple shop also get it square in the neck, as do the marketing scams of Valentine’s Day and New Year’s Eve. And if you happen to be under the age of 25: don’t even try to engage Chieng in conversation.

Perhaps he’s just been horribly misunderstood. His manipulation of a wiki page, for example, could be deemed by one person as dashingly romantic, and by another as distinctly creepy. There’s nothing to criticise with Chieng’s technical ability as a live comic, but a little more warmth somewhere along the line wouldn’t go amiss.

He prowls his stage, one hand jammed into his jean pocket, the other gripping onto his mic for dear life. Were he to set his hands free, you worry that he might start tearing up things with incandescent fury. ‘I always take things too seriously,’ he admits at one point during another virulent rant. There’s not a person in the room who would dare question that statement.

Underbelly Cowgate, 0844 545 8252, until 30 Aug (not 17), 7.20pm, £10–£12 (£9–£11).

Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction

  • 3 stars

Soho Theatre and Century Entertainment Australia-based Malaysian comedian Ronny Chieng is bringing his multi award-winning stand-up comedy back to the UK. One of the biggest acts at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Ronny was personally asked to open for Dave Chappelle and Bill Burr. A regular on Australian…