I’ve known Russell Peters from my younger brother 4 years back when he showed me through YouTube several gigs Russell put on. His quote “Be a Man, do the right thing”, “Somebody’s gonna hurt real bad”, etc..and his unrelentless gigs on race, religion, and sex. Mind you, topics like sex, religion, and politics can never escape from LOLs. Naturally (and unsuprisingly), these topics provides us the best LOLs!!
Just to let you know, I have been a big fan of stand-up comedy for a very long time. It started with my first ever meeting with drag queen Kumar when he/she performed at a bash in the outdoor Auditorium at NUS. That was way back in Year 2002! I remembered good friends Jonie and Kingy were all laughing our brains out of Kumar’s “disturbing” jokes and some topics we can relate to – Malaysian political scene, Malaysia vs. Singapore jokes, etc. At that time, I thought if there were people such as Kumar in my country, he/she will be thrown into Kamunting jail. Suprisingly (at that time), Malaysia has had its own comedy scene, but was unpublicised and only has a hands-full of regular fans. Anyway, Malaysia’s comedy scene has progressed much since. Malaysians has learnt fast in accepting and LOL at vulgarities, sexual-related jokes and jokes on own political jokers i.e. ministers, government culture, because in comedy – you can never escape from these topics. The more ‘controversial’ the joke, the funnier it is! Many Malaysians are very mature and not sensitive with these racial jokes; it is our fear of the ISA that repels us from confronting the realities and our cultural differences. All the races has embraced our differences – be it Malay, Chinese, Indian, etc. and laughing at each other’s cultural/racial differences (err…I’ve seen many bumis in Zouk laughing their brains out on Comedy Thursday). It has never happened before, but I supposed some fanatics, fundamentalist may be unhappy – I dare not comment further.
I have attended quite many stand up comedy night just for fun! In fact, I have lost count: Comedy Night Thursday (at Velvet, Zouk) allows for new upcoming and first-timers an avenue perform, mixed with seasoned comedians such as the MACC trios. Here is one of the crazy ones from year 2010 which I blogged about: http://cchivy.blogspot.com/2010/01/comedy-night-thursday-7-jan-2010.html; http://cchivy.blogspot.com/2010/02/couple-of-subscribers-to-my-blog-have.html
I twice paid for Kings and Queens of Comedy (2010 and 2011), which in 2010, the presenter was my first love, Kumar!
I got myself the most expensive tickets to Russell Peters – for two – and the show was expectedly LMAO ROFTL. We came back with a medical condition known as “cheekbone-pain” which is one of those disease you’d love to have. I thought maybe my cheekbones has gone up ‘higher’ after LMAO at Russell Peter’s, no?
No photos were allowed, not even chamwhoring is allowed. Damn strict. But we escaped with some:
|Jeez, why do I look like Mrs. Hulk here?|
|Kena marah by sercurity after chamwhoring. Chamwhore pun tak boleh?!?!|
I had a hard time getting the tickets online. Initially, it was a one-night show, then it became two-nights. All because complaints were made because the media or Datuk-Datuk, orVIP VIP bought 500 seats(I guess) even before the online tickets were opened for sale (9.00am). ‘Outsiders’ like me when we get into the website at 9.00am sharp, already more than 70% of the seats were taken already (impossible!!). Appalled by such stunt, I guess the organizers extended it to two days for unhappy ‘outsiders’ like us who are unable to obtain tix directly online/walk-ins. Anyways, with some credit card transaction problems and what not, I managed to obtain my tics. But already, I wasn’t happy with the whole hassle of getting it.
Nevertheless, the show was awesome and realised my ‘disease’ was contagiously dangerous (read: Fong). The disease which I did not seek treatment since 2002 (in NUS).