'Paper Girls' on Amazon Prime Video: Ali Wong was a successful comedian before venturing into acting
'Paper Girls' star Ali Wong has seen fame even before she became an actress. Wong, now known for her performance in the hit romantic-comedy 'Always Be My Maybe', was a successful stand-up comedian even before she ventured into the world of acting. The critically-acclaimed actress and comedian is known for her distinctive brand of humor. Wong's two out of three Netflix comedy specials 'Baby Cobra' and 'Hard Knock Wife' are considered cult stand-up specials and helped her gain global recognition even before her career as an actor took off.
Wong moved to New York City to pursue comedy after graduating from college. Since then, she has appeared on ‘The Tonight Show’, ‘John Oliver’s New York Standup Show’ and also in Dave Attell’s ‘Comedy Underground Show’. Recently, Wong received her first Emmy Awards nomination for her stand-up comedy special 'Don Wong' that premiered in February 2022 on Netflix. As an actor, Wong gained recognition with her performance in the hit TV series 'American Housewife'.
'Paper Girls' revolves around four teenage girls who, while out delivering papers on the morning after Halloween in 1988, become unwittingly caught in a conflict between warring factions of time-travelers, sending them on an adventure through time that will save the world. The series stars Sofia Rosinsky as Mac Coyle, Camryn Jones as Tiffany Quilkin, Riley Lai Nelet as Erin Tieng, Ali Wong as Adult Erin, Fina Strazza as KJ Brandman, and Nate Corddry as Larry.
Ali Wong as a stand-up comedian
According to an interview with Health.com in March 2020, Wong opened up about what sparked her interest in comedy. “I was in a theater group in college, and I loved it. Then I got a scholarship to study in Vietnam. It was great, but I found that culturally they didn't have a sense of sarcasm, and I missed that. When I returned, I was determined to have a career in comedy. Stand-up seemed like the quickest way to do that because you can just get up on stage. Like, without even a microphone, you can get up with nothing and perform. I started doing open mics when I was 22,” the actress said.
Wong is best known for her stand-up comedy specials on Netflix like ‘Baby Cobra’, ‘Hard Knock Wife’ and ‘Don Wong’. She was pregnant during ‘Baby Cobra’ and ‘Hard Knock Wife’.
Ali Wong’s beginning as an actor
Her first acting opportunity was with ABC in the drama series ‘Black Box’. She also guest-starred in ‘Inside Amy Schumer’ and acted in hit shows like ‘Are You There, 'Chelsea’ and ‘Chelsea Lately’. She also appeared in Hollywood films like ‘Savages’, and ‘Dealin’ with Idiots’. Additionally, she was also a writer for the first three seasons of ‘Fresh Off the Boat’. She also acted as a series regular in the show ‘American Housewife’ which further helped her in making her place as an actor in the industry.
Ali Wong’s first mainstream film as an actor
Wong’s first major Hollywood movie as an actress was Netflix’s critically acclaimed film ‘Always Be My Maybe’. The film starred Ali Wong alongside Randall Park in leading roles. The film had been helmed by Nahnatchka Khan, while the screenplay was written by Wong, Park, and Michael Golamco. Now, she is all set to appear in the much-talked-about series ‘Paper Girls’ on Amazon Prime Video.
What is Ali Wong’s current net worth?
According to CA knowledge.com, as of 2022, Ali Wong’s current net worth is $4 million.
What is Ali Wong’s relationship status?
According to People magazine, as of 2022, Ali Wong and her ex-husband Justin Hakuta are not together anymore. They both divorced each other after 8 years of marriage. They continue to co-parent their two daughters Mari and Nikki.
‘Paper Girls’ releases globally on July 29, 2022, on Amazon Prime Video.