Ken Cheng

Ken Cheng, is a British born Chinese (BBC) professional poker player and comedian noted for his YouTube comedy character, Mark Liu, and reaching the final of the 2015 BBC New Comedy Awards.[1][2][3]

Cheng studied mathematics at St John's College,[4] Cambridge University but dropped out to become a professional poker player.

He wrote and performed for the Cambridge Footlights, often known to refer to himself as a 'footlights regular', and he has also taken his stand-up performances to the Edinburgh Festival. Cheng directed The Footlights International Tour Show 2015: Love Handles, which toured the UK, Paris and North America.[5][6]

Reviewing the 2015 BBC New Comedy Awards for the comedy news, reviews and listings site Chortle, Steve Bennett stated that Cheng "deserved to win".[7]

On 22 August 2017, Cheng won "Joke of the Fringe".[8]

In September 2017 his Twitter thread insulting the national flag of every country in the world received national media coverage.[9]


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  4. "Cambridge Fresher looking to meet likeminded people VLOG". YouTube. 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
  5. "Footlights Tour 2015". Footlights. 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2015.
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  8. Ellis-Petersen, Hannah (22 August 2017). "Ken Cheng's pound coin gag voted Edinburgh fringe's funniest joke". The Guardian. Retrieved 22 August 2017.
  9. Withey, Josh (26 September 2017). "This man just set about insulting every flag in the world and the results were hilarious". indy100.
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