After eight years of marriage, comedian Ali Wong and her husband Justin Hakuta are ending their marriage.
The couple, who share two children together, met at a friend’s wedding reception back in 2010, and eventually went on to tie the knot in 2014.
Over the years, Wong has shared many comedic anecdotes about her marriage in her comedy routines, with her most recent stand up special, Don Wong, reflecting on the concept of monogamy and the double standards within it.
Following the success of Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, Don Wong explored the concepts of marriage, parenthood and gender issues as well as how life has changed since becoming famous (she’s had dinner at Jerry Seinfeld‘s house, for example!).
In the special, Wong confessed to the audience that she fantasised about cheating on her husband, and also revealed that she has fantasised about having Michael B. Jordan‘s ejaculate on her face.
While she assured viewers that she wouldn’t ever cheat on her husband or leave him, the news of the divorce certainly paints the special in a new light.
Perhaps Michael B. Jordan finally slid into her DMs?
If you are keen to find out where else you can catch this firecracker comic, here are some other shows and specials to check out.
As a pregnant lady myself, Ali Wong’s very real talk about pregnancy and impending motherhood really hits the spot, but even when I was not knocked up, I found this special to be downright hysterical.
This was Wong’s first Netflix special (2016) and, as someone who can no longer even put on their own shoes, I find it deeply impressive that she was able to deliver these laughs while late in her third trimester and without getting winded.
Throughout the routine, Wong offers her hilarious musings on feminism and the double standards of parenting — cleverly articulating how little is expected of men when it comes to rearing children and how profusely they are praised for doing the bare minimum.
Hard Knock Wife
Pregnant with her second child, Wong takes the stage once again for Hard Knock Wife (2018) and this time, the jokes are not just centred on pregnancy and imminent parenthood but the very graphic realities of the biology of childbirth and its aftermath.
She also delves into the shift in her relationship now that she is a well-known comic and, therefore, making more money than her husband — a fact that seems to deeply concern her mother.
Always Be My Maybe
Wong takes her comedy chops and puts them to good use in front of and behind the camera with Always Be My Maybe, which she both co-writes and stars in.
The story centres on childhood best mates Sasha and Marcus who lose touch after hooking up in their teens. Cut to 16 years later and Sasha is a celebrity chef who is opening a new restaurant back in San Francisco, causing her and Marcus to cross paths once again.
The comedy stars Randall Park, James Saito, Michelle Buteau, Vivian Bang, Daniel Dae Kim and Keanu Reeves (as himself).
Tuca and Bertie
Created by Lisa Hanawalt — who was a producer and artist on Netflix’s beloved Bojack Horseman — Tuca and Bertie features the voice talents of Wong in a series that delves into far deeper fare than she explores in her Netflix specials.
The adult animation centres on Tuca (Tiffany Haddish) and Bertie (Wong) who are best friends (and birds) despite being vastly different. Tuca is a recovering alcoholic who doesn’t quite have her life together and is prone to crazy adventures whereas Bertie has a steady job and partner but is plagued with anxiety and self-doubt. She is also dealing with the ramifications of trauma, having been sexually assaulted.
Tuca and Bertie the series is not only a vibrant exploration of female friendship, sexuality, mental health, self-discovery and the #MeToo movement but also another glorious example of the boundaries you can push in an animation.
Created by comedian Nick Kroll, Big Mouth — the series about the pitfalls of puberty that’s made for adults — proves that the themes of anxiety, sexuality and consent can exist seamlessly alongside profane punchlines around heavy periods and masturbation.
Wong was a newish addition to the cast (which includes creator Kroll and best mate John Mulaney), joining the series in season three as Ali: a pansexual new student at Bridgeton Middle School.
The character’s explanation of pansexuality, in which she says, “It’s like some of you borings like tacos. And some of you like burritos, and if you’re bisexual you like tacos and burritos. But I’m saying that I like tacos and burritos … and anything else on the f***ing menu”, came under fire from some who felt it was insensitive.
This prompted series co-creator Andrew Goldberg to issue an apology on Twitter saying, “We missed the mark here with this definition of bisexuality vs. pansexuality, and my fellow creators and I sincerely apologize for making people feel misrepresented.”
— Andrew Goldberg (@BigMouthAndrew) October 7, 2019