The first comedy from the ABC Comedy Showroom to win a full season is Ronny Chieng: International Student.
It will air on both ABC and Comedy Central in the US.
Chieng, currently a correspondent on The Daily Show, revealed the news in a podcast with the UK’s Des Bishop.
Asked about his background as an immigrant to Australia, he said, “Tune it to ABC or Comedy Central US. June 2017. My new series addresses it.”
On Bishop’s podcast, Chieng said that he had to dumb down and present a simplified version of himself for American audiences.
He said: ‘Well, I shouldn’t be saying this, but… People have been asking me to give an international perspective but what America really wants is what America THINKS an international perspective is. You give them what your real perspective is, it’s too much nuance and they can’t get it.
‘When I go, “I was born in Malaysia but I’,m ethnically Chinese and grew up in Singapore but spent ten years in Australia going to law school and doing comedy.” That’s too many things.You’ve just gotta be Asian. You can’t be doing nuance, that’s to f***ing complicated.’