An Evening with Ken Jeong

Bruce Jarrell and Ken Jeong

In the field of medicine, MD is the terminal degree. The pinnacle. The top. But on Feb. 23, more than 1,400 University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) alumni had a chance to hear the unique perspective of someone for whom receiving his MD was just a steppingstone on a path to becoming one of America’s most successful comedians and comedic actors.

During the program titled “An Evening with Ken Jeong,” host and UMB President Bruce E. Jarrell, MD, FACS, engaged in a freewheeling conversation that ranged from the ways life and experience inform comedy to working in the entertainment business during the pandemic, but always following the unusual path taken by guest Ken Jeong, MD.

Ken Jeong, MD, is an American stand-up comedian, actor, producer, writer, television personality, and licensed physician. Having appeared in films such as Knocked Up, The Hangover, and Crazy Rich Asians, he began his career as a licensed physician. While seeing patients as an internist in Los Angeles, he regularly appeared doing stand-up in comedy clubs, which led to his acting career. He currently appears on Fox's The Masked Singer and I Can See Your Voice.