Ronny Chieng: International Student meets Avant Card

June 5th, 2017 by Avant Card

On Wednesday 7 June, 9pm, the ABC’s highly anticipated new comedy Ronny Chieng: International Student premiered on the ABC and iView, featuring special cameo appearances – Avant Card postcards and displays!

The series stars Chinese stand-up comedian and actor Ronny Chieng, who was born in Johor Bahru, Malaysia and raised in Manchester, NH, USA and Singapore. He graduated from the University of Melbourne in 2009 with a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Commerce. 2009 was also the year that he began performing comedy in Melbourne.

As per reality, the series is set at the University of Melbourne, and the main character – Ronny – is a Malaysian student who has moved to Australia to study law. Though smart, driven and competitive, he’s also blunt and barbed, so it’s not long before Ronny is at odds with most people on campus. Adding to Ronny’s rollercoaster is his relationship with his Malaysia-based mum, which veers between affection and agitation, often in the space of a single conversation, and a friendship with all-Australian classmate Asher (Molly Daniels) that could mean something more – if Ronny can ever work up the courage.” (ABC media release, 5 May)

Produced by Sticky Pictures, the six-part series is the first co-production between ABC and Comedy Central. From 2015-2016, Chieng lived in New York City and worked with Comedy Central as the correspondent on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah. A note on Chieng’s website adds He also lost 11kg but that was unrelated to comedy.”

Ronny Chieng: International Student was “originally one of six comedy pilots that aired on ABC in 2016 as part of the AACTA award-winning Comedy Showroom (a joint initiative between the ABC and Screen Australia)” and was “the first show to be green lit to full series, based on overwhelmingly positive audience response.” (ABC media release, 5 May)

We asked Naomi Just, producer at Sticky Pictures, why Avant Card postcards and displays were chosen to dress the set. Avant Card products speak to university and youth culture, and we felt it would make a truly authentic addition to our International House set.”

 We also couldn’t resist asking about her favourite moment of the show. When Ronny has to venture to the infamous Bradman House off-campus at the end of Episode 2. It reminded many of us of our university days!”

Someone pass the popcorn – we know what we’ll be doing at 9pm on Wednesday nights!

And – if you missed an Avant Card display while watching the episode on TV, you can go back and watch the episode again (and again) on ABC iView  just to find the exact moment it appears!

Ps: if you’re in Melbourne and need dining inspiration, head to – Ronny Chieng’s ‘concise guide to eating, drinking and playing in Melbourne’. With options for brunch, lunch, dinner, dessert, bars, and even venues that stay up late (including Avant Card venue Pellegrini Espresso Bar) – there’s something for everyone!