Jennifer Wong is a writer and comedian from Sydney, and the presenter of Chopsticks or Fork? on ABC iview.
She’s the creator and host of shows such as Lunar New Year Comedy, Comedy vs Racism, Pitch a Classic Today, and Book Club Impro, and has performed at arts and comedy festivals in Australia, Edinburgh, and Shanghai.
In 2017, her stand-up show, How to English Harder, had a sold-out run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney’s Belvoir St Downstairs.
She was a writer/performer in The Serpent’s Table, the sold-out Sydney Festival 2014 co-production by Performance 4a and Griffin Theatre. In 2015 she was a supporting cast member in the TV comedy Plonk (Channel Nine, Stan).
As writer and presenter of ABC iview’s Bookish, she interviewed local and international authors, poets, and illustrators; and wrote and performed comedy sketches about books and reading. Her interviews with writers and artists have aired on ABC RN’s Books and Arts program, and she is a regular guest on ABC Sydney’s Thank God It’s Friday.
Jennifer’s first job in TV was writing for Good News Week (Network Ten) in 2008. Since then, she’s worked on comedy and factual programs with production companies such as Roving Enterprises, Zapruder’s Other Films, Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder, ITV, and Blackfella Films.
In 2020, she was one of four shortlisted applicants in the inaugural Jesse Cox Audio Fellowship, and also one of 15 Sydney writer/performers selected for Contemporary Asian Australian Performance’s inaugural Artist Lab.
Her new ABC show, Chopsticks or Fork?, a food/travel show about Chinese restaurants in regional Australia was filmed during COVID in the final months of 2020, and is now on ABC iview.
As an MC and facilitator, Jennifer works regularly with community organisations on events to do with anti-racism, arts and culture, mental health, and education.
She loves the opportunity to bring comedy and the arts to people in different industries, whether it’s through hosting panels and ‘in conversations’, or as a speechwriter/joke writer behind the scenes.
“Smart wordplay and elegant cheek.” – The Sydney Morning Herald
“The super likable star of ABC’s Bookish is a low-key delight. She offers more than a rapid fire one-liner fest though, with an unusually gentle and thoughtful take on life as an introvert; perhaps Sydney’s most polite comedian, she’s also one of its funniest.” – The Guardian
“Sharp story-telling, sizzling insight, considered observation. And puns. Wong is one to watch closely.” – The Daily Telegraph
“I’m besotted with Jennifer Wong, this little PA in Plonk. Such a find.” – Margaret Pomeranz on Foxtel’s Screen
Comedy and Arts Festivals
- China International Comedy Festival (2017)
- Melbourne International Comedy Festival (2011-2017)
- Sydney Writers’ Festival (2016)
- Sydney Festival (2014)
- Edinburgh Fringe Festival (2013)
- Melbourne Writers’ Festival (2014)
- Sydney Fringe Festival (2012)
- Sydney Comedy Festival (2013, 2015)
- Perth International Comedy Festival (2013)
Comedy at Conferences and Workplaces
University of New South Wales; Mind Australia (Victoria); Australian Institute for International Affairs (NSW); fka Children’s Services (Victoria); David Jones; Scanlon Foundation; National Multicultural Women’s Conference; NSW Women of Diversity Dinner; TAFE NSW Higher Education; NSW Department of Planning, Industry, and Environment.
“Jen was a dream to work with. From the very beginning, she was personable and extremely professional. She took great care to ensure that she delivered on the brief while also injecting a good dose of humour. Jen took the audience on an insightful journey into the complexities of the Chinese consumer and kept everyone engaged throughout. I hope to have another opportunity to work with Jen.” – David Jones
“Chinese-Australian comedian Jennifer Wong is not only a critically-acclaimed performer with a sharp sense of humour, she is without a doubt one of our country’s top emerging cultural leaders to watch.
Her performance work is to be celebrated for its distinctiveness and flair; for the innovative way it challenges our knowledge of Chinese culture while giving us a rare opportunity to appreciate the subtleties that too often get lost in translation.
Ms Wong is a very talented mediator, and should be widely acclaimed for advancing our understanding of Chinese lifestyle, customs and ultimately…humour.” – Jennifer Sayle, Business and Events Manager at Australian Institute of International Affairs (NSW)
“Humour, both conscious and unconscious, proliferates as Australia engages more deeply with Asia, and Jennifer has deep experience of this puzzle in cross-cultural communication.
She has a rich mine of material to share with her audiences. In our own studies about the history of Chinese humour, we learned a lot about what Australians have in common with Chinese people – and also about potential pitfalls and misunderstandings.
Jennifer has turned this kind of fieldwork into the most engaging and delightful stage performance. In her most recent appearance she reduced the rather staid audience of members of the Australian Institute of International Affairs and their guests to tears of hysterical laughter.
Jennifer’s humour entertains, but also speaks to the realities of contemporary life.” – Jessica Milner Davis and Jocelyn Chey, co-editors, Humour in Chinese Life and Culture
Comedy at Community Events
Sydney Multicultural Community Services; Lebanese Muslim Association; All Together Now; NSW Reconciliation Council; Chinese Australian Forum.
“All Together Now engaged Jennifer Wong to curate the line-up for a celebration event we held in June 2015. Being an anti-racism organisation, it was really important to us that the comedians we approached would be culturally diverse AND able to talk about racism in a funny-but-sensitive way. It was a big ask! Jennifer did a superb job with her selection of comedians, and liaison between the comedians and our organisation. To top it off, Jennifer MC’d the event and kept everybody laughing all evening. We would definitely work with her again!” – Priscilla Brice, Director of All Together Now
Settlement Services International; Sydney Writers’ Festival; All Together Now; NSW Writers’ Centre – Boundless Festival; TAFE NSW Higher Education; Grow Assembly 2019.
I love weddings and would love to host your reception (in English/Cantonese) and help you plan it, too!
“Witty, charismatic and incredibly funny – Jen was the perfect MC for our wedding. Jen took the time to get to know our personalities, our story as well as our vision for the wedding, and she used this to craft a personal, touching approach for our special day. She had our guests smiling and enthralled throughout our reception and immediately felt like part of the family.” – Charles and Anna
“At first Jennifer Wong seemed like a good choice to be MC at our wedding: lively, funny, cultured, clever. Turns out she was PERFECT…she mixed natural storytelling with linguistic gymnastics, humour and warmth to entertain and move over 250 guests and to touch our hearts on our special day. Her infectious giggle still echoes as we fondly recall our wedding” – David and Ben