Ken Jeong: You Complete Me, Ho

⭐⭐½ based on 1 review.

tl;dr: A one-sided talk show routine turned into a comedy set. Not bad, just very self-centred and lacking structure.


Standup Comedy


Spoilers Ahead: My reviews are not spoiler-free. You have been warned.

Ken Jeong plays himself, talking about himself, for over an hour. If you're a big fan of the actor then you'll probably enjoy it, but it came across as a very American "roast" style of comedy, amped up with an elevated sense of self-worth, and then sprinkled with short routines better suited to late-night chat shows than stand-up.

It would be unfair to say that the show doesn't have a consistent message or motif, but when that message is just "I'm Ken Jeong, you may have seen me in such things as The Hangover franchise or Crazy Rich Asians" it isn't the most riveting. I was intrigued to see Community entirely left off the table as well, which is a shame, because I'd have found anecdotes about those actors way more interesting than the ones about Zach Galifinakis or Kevin Hart.

The comedy isn't particularly deep, either. Most of the punchlines are just catchphrases or excerpts from the movies he's been in, or Asian-based humour. I'm obviously not the target audience for the latter, but the former got old fast. The rest is fairly service-level: Kevin Hart is short, Obama is uptight but a little wicked, Ken Jeong has a small penis. Combined with a performance where he routinely had to pause and check notes and what laughter and mirth Jeong was able to build is often left to subside before it can truly crescendo.

There are moments of genuine hilarity, but they just aren't well connected. Honestly, about two-thirds of the way through I began to just play games on my phone and browse Twitter. It wasn't bad enough to turn off, but it felt distinctly amateur, and the self-aggrandising wore thin fast. This is a shame, because, underneath that pompous twit of a character, Jeong has clearly lived a fascinating life with a diverse cast of friends. Rather than share that, though, we get told how rich he is now, for the sixth time 🤷‍♂️

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