Who Is Ali Wong? Facts About Her Husband And Family Life

Ali Wong came on the scene in 2005 and the community of American women comedians welcomed yet another talent into their fold. Though audiences had been thrilled by the likes of Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho, Amy Poehler, Samantha Bee, and several others; Wong’s unique talent enamored viewers all over the country. Only six years later, she was named one of Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch”. Since then, Wong’s career has evolved and grown in ways she never saw coming. Known for her incredible roles in Baby Cobra and Hard Knock Wife, she has since branched out to scriptwriting and film production; with an incredible performance in ABC’s American Housewife.

Origin and Education

Ali Wong was born Alexandra Dawn Wong on 19th April 1982, in the US city called Pacific Heights in Los Angeles; into the family of Adolphus and Tam Wong. Her father was born and bred in the US where he worked as an anesthesiologist for Kaiser Permanente for over three decades.

Growing up, Wong attended San Francisco University High School where she served as class president. After graduating in 2000, she proceeded to UCLA where she majored in Asian American studies. As Wong recounts, her time at UCLA pretty much opened her eyes to her penchant for stage performance.

She joined UCLA’s LCC Theatre Company and in addition to that, spent a full summer working at a UC Berkeley alumni summer family camp, The Lair of the Golden Bear. Ali later moved back to her roots in Hanoi, Vietnam for a while and graduated with a B.A degree in 2004.

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How She Became a Professional Entertainer

Fresh from college, Wong began trying her hands on Stand-up comedy when she was 23 years old. It all began at Brainwash Cafe. After practicing there for a while, she relocated to New York to gain more exposure for her unique talent. True to her predictions, Wong started to perform more regularly, sometimes up to eight sessions per night. By 2011, six years of consistent stand-up comedy began to pay off as she made it to Variety’s “Top 10 Comics to Watch”.

Soon, Ali Wong became the face of comedy in the city and it did not take long before millions of fans and viewers began to demand a piece of her talent. Consequently, she started to honor invitations on talk shows such as Chelsea Lately, The Tonight Show, and New York Stand Up Show. In the years that followed, other platforms such as MTV’s Hey Girl and NBC’s Are You There, Chelsea? came calling. But there was more to come. It wasn’t only the big shows that came calling, Wong had also caught the fancy of other big names in showbiz. She went on to run collaborations with the likes of Salma Hayek, Kelly Reilly, and Vanessa Redgrave. However, her finest hour was still on the way.

Big Break With Baby Cobra

Ali Wong’s big break came in 2016 when her stand-up comedy special titled Baby Cobra was released on Netflix. The mother of two minced no words about her sex life and her views on the much-talked-about feminism. Though passionate about the rights of women, she doesn’t consider herself to be a feminist. Perhaps, one feature that made the series such a big sell was the perfect timing of its release; on Mother’s Day.

But visuals and sounds are only a few ways the witty comedienne hopes to spread her message. More than ever, Ali Wong is poised to release her first book. The book, she says, would give voice to the experiences she’s had throughout her early life, up to the present. One other reason she chose to voice this part of her life through writing is that certain things are not to be used for comedy. If anything, they are best featured in a book people can sit back and read at their convenience.

There’s a part of Wong that endears her to her male fans: she never ceases to acknowledge the support of her husband. Let’s tell you about him.

Who Is Ali Wong’s Husband?

Ali Wong has been married to Justin Hakuta since November 27, 2014. The two reportedly had their first encounter at the wedding ceremony of a mutual friend back in 2010; things got steamy from there.

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Ali Wong and her husband Justin Hakuta: Image Source

Justin Hakuta was born on 18th October 1981, in Los Angeles, California to Ken Hakuta and Marilou Cantiller. His father is the famous Japanese-American inventor and TV personality popularly called Dr. Fad. His mother, on the other hand, is of Filipino descent. The two had met each other back in 1977 while they worked at the World Bank. As the first of three children, Justin has two younger brothers, Kenzo and Aki.

Growing up, Justin Hakuta schooled at the Washington DC-based Sidwell Friends School between 1994 and 2000. He then proceeded to Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where he obtained his bachelor’s degree in Decision Science in 2004. During his college years, Hakuta reportedly invested a whole year in Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico, studying cognitive science, economics, and Mexican history.

He would go on to obtain a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Harvard Business School in 2011. As of this writing, he serves as vice president of the healthcare company, GoodRx.

Do They Have Children?

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Ali Wong and her two daughters, Marri and Nikki: Image Source

Together, Wong and Hakuta have two lovely children. Their first daughter Mari (b. November 2015) was born via emergency Caesarean Section after 24 long hours of labor. She was named Mari in honor of the Japanese author and organizing consultant, Marie Kondo. The couple welcomed their second daughter Nikki in December 2017. They currently live in Los Angeles.

Chinonso Samuelson
Jachike’s writings have appeared on Huffington Post, Entrepreneur, Good Men Project and Bella Naija. When he is not writing about sports and entertainment, it is politics or other news worthy global events. In his spare time he enjoys watching movies and TV shows
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