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Alexandra "Ali" Wong (born April 19, 1982 in San Francisco, California) is an American comedian, writer, and actress of Chinese and Vietnamese descent. She started out appearing in high-profile comedy shows before becoming a regular on Chelsea Handler's Are You There, Chelsea?. She has had both minor and major roles in film and television since, including Black Box, American Housewife, and Tuca & Bertie. In 2019 she wrote and starred in Always Be My Maybe alongside her friend and colleague Randall Park.
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Wong has also written for Fresh Off the Boat. She has two stand-up specials on Netflix: Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, and has appeared As Herself on Bill Nye Saves the World and Ugly Delicious.

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Tropes in her works:

  • Adored by the Network: By Netflix, in addition to her two comedy specials, she has appeared in a couple of Netflix originals, including the heavily-promoted Always Be My Maybe.
  • Aggressive Submissive: Discusses this in Baby Cobra, where she says it's the most successful and in-control women who are submissive in bed.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: Mentions phoning it in while voicing a random Pixar character as one of the easy ways she dreamed of making cash as a famous person.
  • A Degree in Useless: She considers her BA in Ethnic Studies, a degree where "you study how to blame everything on white people", a degree that wasn't expected to make money.
  • Double Standard: In Baby Cobra, she calls out the double standard for comedians who have children: female comics disappear, male comics get to go up on stage and crack jokes about fatherhood a week later. Wong defies this double standard by appearing visibly pregnant in both of her Netflix specials.
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  • I Resemble That Remark!: In Hard Knock Wife, she calls out people who assume she'd be bad at parking because she's an Asian woman, however...
    Those people who gather outside Asian women's cars when we're parking are so helpful and so racist at the same time. I'm always like 'thank you, thank you'... but 'fuck you'! For assuming correctly about me! I could not have done this without you!
  • Ivy League for Everyone: Played for Laughs. In her specials, she makes a big deal about her husband being a Harvard alum, because she assumed he'd be rich and successful and she can take it easy. Later, it turns out her husband was $70,000 in student debt, which she paid off with her TV money. She later admits that she's much wealthier than he is.
    So, as it turns out, he’s the one who trapped me. How did he do it? How did he bamboozle me?
  • Impossibly Tacky Eyewear: She is known for her comically large eyeglasses, which she wears in her private life as well as in many of her onscreen roles.
  • Marry the Nanny: Defies this in one of her jokes — she hired an elderly lady to nanny for her and her husband, because a hiring a "25-year-old pretty young thing" is a surefire way to destroy your marriage.
  • Stereotype Flip: One of her raunchier jokes is about her relationship with a man who has a micropenis. She drops the bomb when she reveals (to the audible shock of the audience) that he was a black guy. She compares it to seeing a homeless Asian person.
  • Toilet Humor: One comedic bit in Baby Cobra is about pooping and the pains of doing it in an office versus doing it at home.
  • Trophy Wife: Backfired on her. In her first special, She believed that she could be a stay at home mom while her husband, an Ivy League graduate with a famous dad, would be easy street for her. Come Hard Knock Wife, she learns that not only does she get tired of being a mom who never rests at all, but her husband was in such colossal debt (which she paid off) that he's ultimately the one who believes he can knock off on his job while she carries the weight.
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