Will We Ever Get Sick of Ken Jeong?

If you've watched a fair amount of TV over the last few weeks, you've probably seen the new Pepto-Bismol ad starring Ken Jeong, the ragin' Asian who plays Senor Chang on NBC's Community. For those who didn't, check-it check it oooooout:



Here we see Jeong talking street, dancing like he's three bottles of Cristal deep at da club, and coming at us in an over-the-top fashion. In other words, it's classic Ken Jeong. Come to think of it, it's the ONLY Ken Jeong. He's gotten by with playing the same character over and over, whether it's an Asian mobster in The Hangover, a Spanish teacher on Community, or the supervisor of a man's stomach (see video above).

With our fickle tastes and hipster cool dictating that we hate anything and everything that's overexposed, I'm amazed at the lack of a Ken Jeong backlash. Even I, a professional hater of things you like, can't get enough Ken. And I think one thing that's in his favor is how he's used. Though he's brash, he also appears to be self-deprecating, by knowingly playing the out-of-place character. He's an everyman who's acting silly. And even though he seems to be everywhere nowadays, he's still used sparingly. Now that he's become a commercial pitchman for both Adidas and Pepto Bismol, will that change things? I don't think so.

If we were going to be sick of Ken Jeong, it would have happened already. He's one of those rare talents that transcends hate. It may be premature to lump him into the category of Overexposed Talent No One Gets Sick Of, which currently includes the likes of Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Lynch, but he's definitely found his niche and should milk it for as long as he can (i.e. as we're still laughing).

Just look at his eyeroll at the end of this new Pepto clip. He makes me want to go out and get indigestion.

What do you think of Ken Jeong? Would you watch a show that featured him in a starring role?


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I (perhaps) have the great, good fortune of not seeing Mr. Jeong that much. I can only say that in a movie that kept you laughing from beginning to end(The Hangover), his scenes had me convulsed with laughter. But anyone, anyone, can become overexposed - he should be careful.
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Too late. Already very sick of Ken Jeong. He is not that funny and a horrible actor.
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oh yeah, i bet Ken Jeong will be the next memetic badass asian actor since jackie chan, jet li, and chow yong fat
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I like him, Neil Patrick Harris and Jane Lynch. I find them all funny.
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Ken Jeong is awesome, the guy went to Duke and was a medical doctor, got bored and became an actor, thats just cool
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Totally!! Isn't he the guy also from the hangover?
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Is that the guy from My Big Fat Obnoxious Fiancé to his left?
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Talents like NPH and Keng Jeong are used best in a supporting role if you ask me. I think they're both great, but they are at their best as the funny sidekicks. This way they are the comical relief of the show without people getting sick of them.
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Actually, I'm pretty sick of Jane Lynch, I watched both the Fugitive and an old episode of NewsRadio she was in and was impressed she had been around so long and was like "wow, so this was before I got very tired of her."
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I effing love Ken
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His appearance on Monday Night Raw was the only time in his entire career he didn't amuse me.
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I have never seen this guy before in my life.
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"El Tigre" cant never be killed xD
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I had not seen him before Community. At first I thought I would get tired of Chang pretty quickly, but they have not overused him. In fact, he hasn't been around very much this season. He seems like a really nice guy in the interviews I've seen.
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Community needs some more Ken Jeong, love him!
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Loved him in The Hangover and on Community!
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I didn't like Ken Jeong until Community...I haven't liked him in any other role.
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Nope. Don't like Jeong. Also, don't like Lynch. Didn't like her on Party Down, don't like her on Glee. Neil Patrick Harris is fantastic though. By all means, give him his own show though, it would keep him off Community.
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All I know is Ken was hilarious on the Hangover.
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Love him in Community :D
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Love Ken because we get just enough of him to be utterly hilarious see Modern Warfare episode of Community brilliant!
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