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 his own BBC Radio 4 series, Chinese Comedian, which was selected for Radio 4’s Pick Of The Year and returned for series 2 in January 2020. He also wrote and starred in his own BBC Three short Proverbs Ken Cheng Hates.

He has hosted Game Over, Humans (a documentary about poker and AI) for BBC Radio 4 and The Hangover Games for E4. Other TV and radio credits include Celebrity Eggheads (BBC Two), Comedy Central at the Comedy Store and Roast Battle (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).

In 2019, Ken embarked on his first UK wide tour performing to sold-out audiences. He will be performing his latest show at the Soho Theatre in London, dates to be confirmed.

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

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