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Ali Wong Takes the Leap from Stand-Up To Feature Film Star

Ali Wong and Netflix have produced two successful endeavors together; the hilarious “Hard Knock Wife” and “Baby Cobra“. Both stand-up specials were met with great acclaim. As an artist best known for her behind the scenes work as writer and producer for the TV series ‘Fresh Off The Boat‘, surprisingly, critics immediately lauded her stand-up specials and praised her in the same breath as Sarah Silverman and Chris Rock (who is also Wong’s “Mentor”).

The San Francisco native’s often “blue” and absurd look at the human experience was particularly disarming because the comic was visibly pregnant in both of her specials.

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Those specials now bear fruit as the Vietnamese-Chinese American stand-up comic is graduating to feature-film star status in the new Netflix produced Rom-Com “Always Be My Maybe”.

The film tells a story about a man and woman with a “When Harry Met Sally”-feel. The two life long friends haven’t seen each other in years.  Sasha (Wong) and Marcus (played by comedian Randall Park) reconnect as adults. Their lives have taken two different routes; Sasha is a successful celeb chef and recovering from a failed engagement, at the same time Marcus is a struggling musician working a day job.

And, just as it seems the long-time friends appear on the verge of a romantic connection – enter Keanu Reeves as Sasha’s new rebound beau (who actually looks hilarious with his iconic “John Wick” character giving us all a mental disconnect). Triangle dram-edy ensues.

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Always Be My Maybe” doesn’t just star Fresh Off The Boat’s Randall Park, but also features Nahnatchka Khan as director. Khan was the creator and served as Executive Producer, and occasional director on the show, which is based on Taiwanese-American restaurateur Eddie Huang’s autobiography.

Ali Wong has also written a compilation of essays entitled Dear Girls—a series of stories about Wong’s wild youth. She is dedicating the book to her young daughters.

Always Be My Maybe” stars Ali Wong, Randall Park, and Keanu Reeves, and is directed by Nahnatchka Khan.

The film will be available to stream starting May 31st, on Netflix

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