Laughter is indeed the best medicine and everyone enjoys a good laugh every now and then amidst the ups and downs of this life. Although the journey to becoming a top-notch stand-up comedian isn’t a laughing matter, and certainly no walk in the park, there are those who would persevere in this industry and follow their hearts’ passion to excel in this field of endeavour. Here, Top 10 of Malaysia takes a look at its list of the nation’s top ten budding stand-up comedy talents rising up to tickle the hearts of their audiences with their wit and humour that jives with many a soul.
Luwita Hana Randhawa
Luwita Hana Randhawa’s love for comedy inspired her to study improve in New York City and when she returned to Kuala Lumpur, she decided to perform her stand-up comedy at Comedy Kao Kao, a former monthly comedy show at Publika. She also performs in ‘Sedapnya Mulut’, a 2018 stand-up comedy special on Astro. Her jokes are worldly and cool, filled with sarcastic humour as she grew up to be a third culture kid and urban millennial who adores pop culture. She was also named the CLEO Hot Shot 2016 and a FEMALE #MySuperFemale 2017.
A lawyer by day and comedian by night, Sulaiman Azmil enjoys sharing his funny anecdotes to audiences with a great sense of humour. Also a writer for Astro Awani’s late night talk show “Obviously Harith Iskander”, Sulaiman also featured in Astro’s stand-up comedies, “Komediri Bersama Harith Iskander” and “Komediri with Douglas Lim”. His jokes range from “Malaysians’ obsession with food, dialectical variances and vestiges of colonialism. Besides performing in comedy clubs and comedy festivals in Malaysia and overseas, Sulaiman has also entertained audiences in corporate shows and charity events hosted by Maybank and One Heart Foundation Malaysia. He has also performed in “Laugh Die You – Road to Putrajaya” with Kavin Jay, Rizal van Geyzel and Gurmit Singh at HGH Convention Centre, Kuala Lumpur.
Hannan Azlan is one of Malaysia’s talented actress, singer, writer and improviser who stepped into the world of stand-up comedy in 2015. A year later, she emerged to be the youngest winner of the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition. She has since travelled to 13 countries across Asia, Australia, Great Britain and Europe and has performed at MTV Asia, Edinburgh Festival Fringe clubs, theatres, festivals and family-friendly corporate shows. Hannan was recently selected to participate in the Melbourne International Comedy Festival showcase “Comedy Zone Asia” and even made her Australian television debut on ABC’s “Comedy Up Late”. She also premiered her debut full-length musical “Losertown” at the Kuala Lumpur Performing Arts Centre. She was nominated for The 2018 Women of the Future Awards: Southeast Asia.
Aaron Aw Teik Hong
The multilingual talented Aaron Aw Teik Hong has been performing stand-up comedy in English, Bahasa, Cantonese, Hokkien, and Mandarin since 2012. In 2016, he performed for ‘Komediri in English with Douglas Lim’ and ‘Komediri Bersama Harith Iskander’ which were aired on Astro Warna and Astro Mustika HD and it became his television debut. He was also a guest performer at Dato’ AC Mizal’s ‘Sembang Teh Tarik Kaw’ Talk Show and was the only Chinese participant of Malaysia’s First Solo Comedy Reality Show aka ‘Lawak Solo’ and emerged as a quarter finalist in the show. He also performed frequently at One Mic Stand (Malaysia’s longest-running stand-up comedy show), The Crackhouse Comedy Club KL, The Laughing Gas, Harith Iskander’s The Joke Factory, numerous corporate functions by Kaspersky Malaysia, Frisomum Gold, Sanofi, Benz and Carlton Sdn Bhd Group. He also performed for local and international acts at The Crackhouse Headliner Night on weekends with Andrew Netto, Rizal Van Geyzel, Deepak Chandran from India and Zenjiro from Japan.
Gajen Nad is famous for his acts as a stand-up comedian, emcee, comedy writing and acting. The multi-talented comedian of Chinese and Indian parentage, has performed for many companies and comedy clubs such as Accenture, McKinsey, Standard Chartered, Crackhouse Comedy Club Kuala Lumpur, The Joke Factory and Singapore’s Comedy Masala. He has also performed alongside other well-known comedians such as Gina Yashere, Butch Bradley, Harith Iskander, Douglas Lim and Jason Leong. He even wrote the script “Deepunvalli” for Mah Sing’s video which went viral. He was also invited to perform in India for a comedy tour with a total of 17 shows and also at The Comic’s Lounge in Melbourne, Australia.
Keren Bala Devan
Known as the angry comedian, Keren Bala Devan loves sharing his unique views during his comedy shows. Also known as the “culture assassin”, Keren enjoys sharing about hipsters, ridiculous pop culture and conspiracy theorists that would spark laughter among his audience. His jokes mainly focus on the ridiculous things in life ranging from modern cultural habits to annoying behaviours. Keren has excelled in headlining various venues such as Comedy Masala in Singapore, International Comedy Fringe Festival in Singapore, LOL Fest and KLICFEST in Malaysia. He is also part of the The Angry Indians Comedy Group and has performed in Comedy Central Asia’s ‘Stand Up, Asia’, One Mic Stand, The Crackhouse Comedy Club and LOL@Live House. He was also featured in KOMEDIRI on Astro as well as Oi! Jaga Mulut on iflix.
Shamaine Othman has been performing since the age of seven and has acted in the popular Malaysian TV sitcoms, “2+1”, “Pi Mai Pi Mai Tang Tu” and “Nick & Nina”. In 2011, Shamaine decided to pursue her interest in comedy and performed at Time Out KL’s Comedy Thursdays’ Kuala Lumpur and Singapore comedy circuit. She has also performed at Super Kam (1, 2, 3 and Ultra), LOL Fest Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival and Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival. Shamaine is also a member of AIIA Improv and Projek Disko Baldi, a sketch comedy ensemble.
Farid Azmeir started performing stand-up comedy in 2016. As a local new talent in the stand-up comedy scene possessing a natural talent in comedy, he is now a regular performer who performs at shows in the Klang Valley in Bahasa Melayu and English. Farid has also been featured at the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2017 and has represented Malaysia’s Crackhouse Comedy Club Kuala Lumpur to perform for Harith Iskander’s Appreciation Night at Afdlin Shauki’s Comedy Planet. He also appeared in two episodes of iflix’s, ‘Oi, Jaga Mulut!’. Besides, he has also performed as a supporting act for international and local comedians such as Gina Yeshere, Rizal Van Geyzel, Douglas Lim and Alex Calleja. This talented young comedian was also the co-show runner for a weekly open-mic stand-up comedy show in Bahasa Melayu called ‘BaHAHAsa’ at the Crackhouse Comedy Club Kuala Lumpur.
Rayza Mukmin is famous for his iflix performance show called ‘Oi! Jaga Mulut’ where he is cast alongside famous comedians such as Joanne Kam, Papi Zak and Jon Atherton. He also performed for the Live Stand-up Comedy in Bahasa Melayu at the Crackhouse Comedy Club Kuala Lumpur called “Malaysia Boleh, Indonesia Bisa” as the main representative of Malaysia. The show was a combination of stand-up comedy performances between Malaysia and Indonesia.
Thenesh Skip was a protégé of Malaysian comedy when he first started out. Now, he is one of the young comedians who are slowly rising up in the world of stand-up comedy. Thenesh hails from Puchong and is a multimedia design graduate who has performed with comedians Rizal van Geyzel, Desmond Lim, Brendan Burns and Daniel Kinno. He has also been featured in the list of comedians for Time Out KL’s comedy show during the Cooler Lumpur Festival, the inaugural LOL Fest at Publika, the comedy tour “Comedians Of The Colleges” and the Minority Retort at PJ Live Arts with Luwita Hana and Gajen Raj.