Ken Cheng

“A fiercely accomplished talent“

The Scotsman

Cambridge Mathematics drop-out and now professional poker player Ken burst onto the UK comedy scene after reaching the final of the 2015 BBC Radio New Comedy Award. His unique, analytical style made him instantly recognisable.

Ken has written and starred in 2 series of his hit BBC Radio 4 show, Chinese Comedian, which was selected for Radio 4’s Pick Of The Year. It will return for a 3rd series in 2022! He also created and wrote Drop The Dead Panda, the first east-asian themed comedy show on BBC Radio 4.

Ken’s TV and radio credits include Frankie Boyle’s New World Order, Alan Partridge’s This Time and Celebrity Eggheads (BBC Two), Comedians Giving Lectures (Dave), Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle UK (Comedy Central), Sparks (Channel 4), Dave’s Advent Calendar (Dave), BBC Asian Network At The Edinburgh Festival (BBC Asian Network), Evil Genius (BBC Sounds), Breaking The News (BBC Radio Scotland), A Good Read, The Now Show and Quote Unquote (BBC Radio 4).

He has hosted the documentary Game Over, Humans (BBC Radio 4) and comedy gameshow The Hangover Games (E4). He is the current host of children’s science show Don’t Blame Me, Blame My Brain (CBBC).

Ken’s writing credits includes script editing for Have I Got News For You (BBC One), Hypothetical (Dave), Newsjack (BBC Radio 4), The Island (Dave), and Doctor Who’s Weird Sisters Podcast (BBC Sounds). He also wrote and starred in his own BBC Three short Proverbs Ken Cheng Hates.

In 2019, Ken embarked on his first UK wide tour performing to sold-out audiences. He also frequents the prestigious Soho Theatre in London with his solo shows.

Listen to Ken’s BBC Radio 4 series Chinese Comedian on iPlayer

Listen to Ken’s BBC Radio 4 documentary Game Over, Humans on iPlayer

“It was a smart, impressive and brilliantly funny tour-de-comedy”

  • Winner laurelDave’s Joke Of The Fringe 2017
  • Nominee laurel Amused Moose Edinburgh Fringe Best Show 2018
  • The Guardian's Pick Of The Fringe 2018
  • BBC New Talent Hotlist 2017
  • Comedy Central ‘One To Watch’
  • BBC New Comedy Award Finalist 2015
  • Thank you so much to Ken and yourself for helping arrange the talk today. Ken was an insightful and engaging guest speaker, I think the students got a lot out of it!Tom Whittaker, LCC
  • It went super well, he is such a wonderful guy! Can’t thank you enough for the support and putting it together. I’m still creasing over his set. Virtual event for technical company

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