Ronny Chieng: Chieng Reaction
An hour-long rant from the most angry human ever born
This article is from 2015.
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.
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