Kuala Lumpur is having a comedy renaissance. We’ve always had something to laugh about, like that time an ostrich sprinted down the Federal Highway, beating several Myvi to the next exit. Or how ’bout the one where a government minister’s phone accidentallysent a porn WhatsApp message to 72 religious pilgrims and several imams? Ah… good times.
But this is comedy of a different sort. The kind that gets you in a room with dozens of other punters, ready to LOL at anything from pithy relationship observations (“When I like them, they don’t like me, when they like me, I don’t like them. Why can’t I act with the ones I like the way I do with the ones I don’t like?”) to 12-minute rants that leave you laughing as uncomfortably as you are uncontrollably.
Hartith Iskander became a household name when he was named “World’s Funniest Person” at the Laugh Factory competition last year. He hits the stage, along with several other local and international comedians, at the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival, April 21-23.
The festival got off to an early start last night with their gala night, To Know Malaysia Is To Laugh Malaysia III. Performers included Iskander and local comedians, as well as international stars Paul Ogata (US), Prince Abdi (Somalia), Katerina Vrana (Greece) andChristopher Daley (Jamaica).
Each of these comedians will also be performing solo shows during the festival, and you can find their schedule and buy tickets here.
Performing on Friday at Black Box Publika will be local heroes The Angry Indians. The group comprises five gentlemen of Indian descent: Keren Bala Devan, Andrew Netto, Kavin Jay, Prakash Daniel and Tenesh Skip.
They started as an ensemble group for a festival, and proved so successful that they made their partnership permanent. When asked why they were so angry, member Andrew Netto admitted that “we were actually named by a promoter, and the name sort of stuck. None of is actually angry, except Keren … He’s the angry one hahaha.” Find out why this Friday at 8:30pm.