Daily Show Correspondent Ronny Chieng Flips the TV Pilot Script

His pilot is one of six competing in the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's "Comedy Showcase."

At 9:30 p.m. this Wednesday night in Australia, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation made available on its iView service six specially commissioned TV pilots. One of them, Ronny Chieng: International Student, is by The Daily Show correspondent of the same name. It will be competing for the public’s votes along with five others, with the most popular entry to be turned into a full series.

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From a report by The Guardian’s Elle Hunt:

International Student is Chieng’s first production as co-creator, co-writer and star and is informed by his years as a student from Malaysia at the University of Melbourne, where part of the show was filmed.

“We all came here for a few years, we studied, then all my friends left – they went back to Singapore, Malaysia. It almost feels like a dream. I wanted to capture that moment for the record…”

Chieng himself existed at the intersection of international students and nerds: “I crossed over a little bit to the Australians, but I could never blend in as well as, like, a local student. But no one fits in at university, right?”

The other TV pilots are The Future Is Expensive (Eddie Perfect); Bleak (Kate McLennan, Kate McCartney); Moonman (Lawrence Mooney); The Letdown (Alison Bell); and The Legend of Gavin Tanner (Mad Kids). More info about the shows here.

Screen grab via: abc.net.au