Comic actor Ken Jeong has a prescription for success

The doctor is in just about everything these days.

Comic actor — and licensed physician —Ken Jeong is a regular on the NBC sitcom "Community." He reprises his star-making role as the psychotic mobster from 2009's "The Hangover" in "The Hangover Part II," in cinemas next weekend. Later this year, he'll return to big screens in "Transformers: Dark of the Moon" and "Zookeeper."

"Honestly, it is 'The Hangover' dust that gets me these jobs," Jeong said earlier this week in an interview while promoting "Hangover II." "Everything I have done in the last two years, in all honesty, is directly because of 'The Hangover.' "

Grateful as he sounds, Jeong was never a starving actor. Long before he made it in showbiz, he was well on the way to becoming a physician. "I was doing my residency in New Orleans and I won a stand-up comedy performance," recalled the 41-year-old.

First prize was a stint at the Improv comedy club in Los Angeles.

"I had to take up a day job at an HMO here in L.A., and at night I would just do stand-up comedy in town—— and all the while, actually, hoping I could kind of go back to acting," Jeong said.

He finally landed a major movie role — playing a physician, no less — in the 2007 smash "Knocked Up," and then came "The Hangover."

"So, really, just four years ago, I was working full time as a physician," Jeong noted. "Every day is, like, 'I can't believe, I can't believe I'm doing this.' "

'Idol' finalist a veteran

Every Wednesday night since she was 12, Lauren Alaina Suddeth belted out a two-hour set at a restaurant just across the Tennessee border from her hometown of Rossville, Ga.

She'd roll through "Midnight Train to Georgia" and "Big Girls Don't Cry," but her big number was Miranda Lambert's "Famous in a Small Town." That song doesn't describe the 16-year-old "American Idol" finalist anymore after she charmed viewers with her bright smile and powerful voice.

Now Suddeth faces 17-year-old Scotty McCreery of Garner, N.C., on Tuesday night for a final performance. A winner will be crowned on Wednesday.

The bubbly Suddeth, whose nickname is "LaLa," has breezed through round after round of "Idol" with her signature country sound. Her success on the top-rated show is no surprise to the high school sophomore's supporters back home.

Another year older

Today's birthdays: Bluegrass singer Mac Wiseman, 86... actress Joan Collins, 78 ... actress Lauren Chapin, 66... country singer Misty Morgan, 66... actor-comedian Drew Carey, 53... country singer Shelly West, 53... singer Lorenzo, 39 ... singer Jewel, 37 ... actor Adam Wylie, 27