Special thanks to Disney for the magical trip to Los Angeles to cover the World Premiere of Moana and its press events, including this set visit & meet & greet with the cast of “Dr. Ken”.
When I found out we were going to be going to the set of “Dr. Ken”, a multi-camera sitcom on ABC, I immediately set to watching as many episodes as I could squeeze in. It wasn’t hard. After a few episodes, Styles was like, “Is Dr. Ken a real doctor?” And I was like, “Um, no, dude. He’s a comedian. Duh.”
And then I watched a few more episodes and I caught myself thinking, “Wait. IS Ken Jeong an actual doctor?”
Sure enough. The man is a doctor of internal medicine and is married to a physician who encouraged him to pursue acting full time after filming Knocked Up.
So I ate a crow pie that day and developed a new appreciation for the TV show that airs on Friday nights at 8:30/7:30c. It’s really, really funny, especially if you know someone who works or has ever worked in a doctor’s office. My mom is one of those people. Dr. Ken Park cares more about working on his comedy than being a really great doctor and I swear to you he reminds me of my last OB/GYN. Just imagine that for a second.
When we walked on set, we got to explore things a little bit, like the Doctor’s office.
And this custom hashtag in the doctor’s office.
And exam rooms. And the family’s living room where I warmed my hands and tush by the fire.
And the kitchen where I stood next to some drinkable looking shots of some sort.
After exploring, some of the cast came out to talk to us. When Tisha Campbell-Martin, who plays Damona Watkins came out to talk to us I was like, “DAMN GINA!” and then realized I was on the wrong show for that, so I just went over to say hi.
She was really, genuinely amazing. She asked each of us our names and what our websites were. Apparently she’s into Bento Boxes, so if you have a blog and are reading this and have bentos on your site, make sure you tweet them to her!
She absolutely made my day when she told me how much she loved my hair because I wasn’t so sure I even liked it. But when Tisha Campbell-Martin in all her fabulous glory tells you she likes your hair, you know your hair is good ish, and you post a very unflattering picture to prove it.
Then I met Jonathan Slavin who plays Clark Leslie Beavers. He was not as loud and boisterous as his character. Jonathan also has a recurring role on one of my other favorite shows on ABC, “Speechless”. Clark Leslie Beavers is a hysterical character on Dr. Ken.
The character who gets the most laughs from me is Albert Tsai who plays Dave Park. He’s AS freaking adorable in person as he is on the show, and equally as funny.
Suzy Nakamura plays Dr. Allison Park who made a move from working at an office of her own practicing psychiatry to working at Welltopia with her husband, Dr. Ken Park. I think if Kyle and I worked in the same building we could write a sitcom about it too.
Krista Marie Yu plays Molly Park in the show and she is absolutely a typical teenager who gives her entire family side-eye quite often. Her side eye should have a credit of its own actually. Even though my teen is a boy, there are a lot of similarities there.
After the set visit and some meet and greet, we talked to the whole cast about upcoming things, the episode they were filming that day, and how the show came to be. Albert Tsai and Dana Lee who plays D.K., Ken Park’s father, were hysterical together. According to the rest of the cast they act like that ALL the time, which is just one more reason I’d like to go see an episode of Dr. Ken being filmed. The off-screen antics are always the best part.
My favorite part of the set visit was when I had the opportunity to tell Dr. Ken that my friends Dan and Kenda said hello. Dan used to be Ken’s patient and then he transitioned into peer when they were both on the good old stand up circuit before Ken started acting full time. Sometimes it’s good to name drop. Dr. Ken and I are practically besties now.
Tune in TONIGHT for the new episode, D.K.’s New Girlfriend on ABC at 8:30pm EST!
“D.K.’s New Girlfriend” – When D.K. overhears Allison complain about him overstaying his welcome, he decides to move in with his girlfriend of three weeks. Meanwhile, Pat wants Dave to pretend he’s his adopted son; and Allison is convinced Molly wants to talk about something when she suggests they do a spa day, but the tables turn when Molly is the one doling out the advice, on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2 (8:31-9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network.