If there’s one thing this California-born comedian can do, it makes everyone laugh. Ali Wong has been driving comedy forward since 2005. She’s had successes, failures, and struggles like anyone else in her personal life. But as she showed in her hugely successful Netflix special, these experiences have only made her stronger.
Ali Wong wears many hats, and successfully so. She is an actress, stand-up comedian, screenwriter, and author. On both sides of her Netflix success, she has appeared on television shows such as Savages, Inside Amy Schumer, and American Housewife.
Wong was born on April 19, 1982, in Pacific Heights, Los Angeles. She was born the daughter of a Vietnamese immigrant mother, Tam Wong, and an American-born anesthesiologist, Adolphus Wong.
Wong was class president at San Francisco University High School. She graduated in 2000 and then went to UCLA to study Asian-American studies. There, during her time at UCLA’s LCC Theater, she discovered her love for stage performance. After graduation, Ali received a scholarship to continue her studies in Vietnam.
After her graduation, Ali gritted her teeth in stand-up comedy at the Brainwash-Café. She was only 23 years old at the time. Her development led her to New York, where she performed regularly. Sometimes up to 9 sessions per night.
Her tireless comedic efforts earned her a place in Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch” in 2011. Wong, whose comedy can be defined as “insanely slippery”, became known beyond the world of stand-up comedy through her efforts. She has appeared on talk shows like The Tonight Show, Chelsea Lately, and comedy television series like John Oliver’s New York Stand Up Show. She has also appeared on the 2012 and 2013 shows Are You There, Chelsea? by NBC and Hey Girl by MTV.
In her work, she has worked with celebrities such as Vanessa Redgrave, Salma Hayek, and Kelly Reilly. In her capacity as a writer, she was also involved in the creation of Fresh Off the Boat. A role she filled for three seasons for the sitcom series. Wong also acted as narrator for the character Betty Bird in the 2016 animated film.
Her biggest success to date came when Netflix released her stand-up comedy special Baby Cobra in 2016. The series features the highly pregnant Ali Wong, who masters all the pregnancy hurdles that stand in her way. She also spoke about her sexual adventures and why feminism is not for her. The series was filmed at the Neptune Theater in Seattle and released on Mother’s Day. She is also working on a sequel to her Netflix comedy special.
The comedian is also working on a book. The book will summarize experiences from her life from childhood to adulthood, she said. According to her, the experiences didn’t feel right for standing, but they were perfect for a book that people could enjoy in their own time.
Who is Ali Wong’s Husband?
Wong shares a similar industry with her father-in-law, but not with her husband, Justin Hakuta. Justin’s father, Ken Hakuta, was a well-known television personality and inventor in the 1980s. He was known as “Dr. Fad” in a very successful children’s program, which was all about science and inventions. Justin is half Filipino on his mother’s side and half Japanese on his father’s side.
Wong’s husband graduated from Sidwell Friends School in Washington in 2000. He then completed a program abroad in Mexico, which culminated in 2003. He then received a Bachelor of Arts and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University and Harvard Business School.
As can be seen on his LinkedIn page, Justin has held several positions that have furthered his career. He has worked in various capacities for DIRECTV, Cargomatic Inc., and GoodRx. His most recent career change at LinkedIn is that of Vice President of Product at GoodRx.
From his social media efforts, it’s clear that Justin Hakuta is either a hermit of sorts, or just interested in his wife’s career, or both – that’s all he’s ever been concerned about.
Baby and Family Life
Wong met Hakuta at a wedding and was immediately thrilled. Ali describes that she felt a kind of “cosmic connection” and knew that he was a good catch. They got married on November 27, 2014.
In November 2015 Ali and Justin welcomed their first child, a girl, into the world. They named her Mari, a name inspired by the Japanese organizational consultant and author Marie Kondo.
The couple is very much in love and there have been no rumors of extramarital affairs or divorce. Ali Wong has expressed in interviews several times that Justin is very important to her. Once she brought little Mari on stage for a show with her. In one of the interviews, she spoke excitedly about the fact that she could hardly wait to see reruns of her shows with her daughter in the future.
The family never misses an opportunity to spend time together. As the reports of Wong and Justin Instagram will show, the family of three regularly goes on family outings. Sometimes Justin follows his wife on their trips. This family definitely has a lot of fun.
Ali’s Net Worth
There is no concrete knowledge of Wong’s net worth. Various unchecked online sources have stated that her net worth is between $1.2 and $2 million. We still have to prove any of these figures.