Ali Wong ramps up acting resume with virtual reality project

Ali Wong has crossed over into artificial intelligence. The Baby Cobra comedian is lending her voice for the upcoming virtual reality project called Bonfire from Baobab Studios. The interactive, alien-themed adventure allows the comic and writer to continue her voiceover work. Just last year, Wong lent her vocal talents to Ralph Breaks the Internet and to the children’s animated series OK K.O.! Let’s Be Heroes.

Bonfire is an interactive story with the user in the starring role of Space Scout 817. Humans need to find a new home after they have left planet Earth in a mess. Unfortunately, the space scout has poor space piloting skills and crashes onto a mysterious planet, 300 light years away from home. Luckily, a bonfire provides a source of light in the strange and noisy darkness of the alien jungle. Instead of the user simply playing an observer, the immersive virtual reality experience allows the user to control the direction of the story based on his or her choices.

Wong is set to play the space scout’s robot companion Debbie in the absurdist tale of outer-space adventure. Wong described the VR experience as surprisingly “touching” and “fun.” The VR experience is written and directed by Eric Darnell, the co-founder of Baobab and the co-writer and co-director of the animated Madagascar film franchise.

Ali Wong also set for Birds of Prey movie, more

In addition to her new VR role, Wong is currently working on several other small screen and film projects. Her new animated Netflix series called Tuca & Bertie is in the pre-production phase. Wong will play an anxious songbird while her co-star Tiffany Haddish will play an easy-going toucan. Wong will also play hard-living detective Renee Montoya in the upcoming superhero movie Birds of Prey (And the Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn). Wong also co-stars in the upcoming Netflix film Always Be My Maybe.

Amidst all of that work, Wong continues to tour her unapologetic stand-up all over North America. The Milk & Honey Tour kicks off in May and runs through 13 cities by the end of the year.

Baobab Studios has not yet announced a release date for Bonfire.

Mary Stevens

Mary Stevens is a stand-up comedy enthusiast. She is a huge fan of live stand-up comedy and produces a show in her backyard in Hermosa Beach, CA. Her show has featured comics from Netflix, Comedy Central, HBO, Showtime and SNL, as well as up-and-coming comics. She is active on Twitter and Instagram @hermosabchmary.

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