My Backstory

A lackluster, yet oddly inspiring tale of what makes me, me.

Check out my new commercial for NIKE
feat. Ilana Glazer!

Photo Credit: BreeAnne Clowdus

Photo Credit: BreeAnne Clowdus

When I was eight-years-old, my aunt held a (Family) American Idol competition for all the kids. I performed the Scooby-Doo Theme song, but my evil aunt was not my biggest fan, and I placed last out of 8 cousins. Needless to say, her own kid placed first, and I’m still super sour about it. Anyway, my whole career is a comeback tour from the devastating defeat I suffered at the hands of my evil aunt and her henchmen.

Now, I’m an NYC-based actor working on-camera and onstage! Recent on-camera work includes starring in the short film ISAAC with DP Tinx Chan and Dir/Writer Annie Wang along with a commercial for NIKE featuring Ilana Glazer (Broad City). ISAAC will be submitted to the HBO APA Visionaries competition along with other festivals (TBD).

I have a burning passion for and have had the great opportunity to work on some new plays and musicals, both as readings, staged readings, and in performance. There’s nothing quite as exhilarating as creating a piece from the ground-up!

Basically, I'm livin' the dream and every day keeps getting better and better! I’ll never stop!

Please contact me with of bomb-ass food recommendations (and employment opportunities).


  • $1 pizza slices

  • Leaving voicemails so I know you’re not a telemarketer

  • Chance The Rapper’s Coloring Book

  • When it’s payday

  • Trader Joe’s

  • Tequila shots

  • Cheering for things

things said about me

Kenny Tran […] is especially adept at panning the script for humor.

- Amy Zipperer (BWW Review)

Kenny shines like no one else onstage […] Kenny steals the show.

- Marshall Mabry (MWMIV Speaks)

America, I appreciate you liking me.
— Dave Chapelle