Kendrick Kang-Joh Jeong was born on June 15, 1969, in Detroit, Michigan, but did not spend much time in that city. His family moved to South Carolina early in Jeong's life because his father received a job as a professor at the North Carolina A&T State University. The education of his family had a direct effect on Jeong's studies and career prospects, guiding him to achieve academically and in other arenas.
Ken Jeong was an enterprising student and excelled in school, taking part in his high school's High IQ team, orchestra, and gained election to the student council. Jeong graduated Walter Pines High School at the age of 16, and won Greensboro's Youth of the Year award for his accomplishments in academics and extracurricular activities.
The things Jeong achieved in high school allowed him to attend Duke University, and then medical school at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. Obviously, however, his fame does not come from being a doctor but his practice was instrumental in garnering Jeong fame. The young doctor moved to New Orleans to complete his residency, and got encouragement from his peers to pursue comedy.
His big break came at the "Big Easy Laff-Off," an open mic stand-up contest which he won. The judges of the contest included late NBC president Brandon Tartikoff and the founder of the famous club "Improv," Budd Friedman. They strongly encouraged Ken to move to Los Angeles and pursue a career in entertainment.
Once earning his residency, Jeong took this advice to heart and moved to the city of angels. His comedy gained many admirers, and Jeong began performing regularly at famous clubs like Laugh Factory and Improv. Soon after these regular appearances, the comedian got on The View in 1997 and was named "The Funniest Doctor in America".
He gained notoriety by appearing in several television roles including MadTV, Two and a Half Men, and Mind of Mencia. Jeong's first movie appearance, in 2007, was a role as Dr. Kuni in Knocked Up, a short but funny role.
He has since expanded his popularity and acting depth by appearing in many films, and as a regular on the show Community. Dr. Jeong, however, will be the first person to tell children or adults that the primary concern, before achieving any success is that of an education. Regardless of your career goals, whether they involve acting, medicine, or science, an education will provide the tools necessary to achieve your dreams.
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