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COMEDY MASALA Over 18s only
As the day heats up, so does the Minky, as Comedy Masala brings you the best of local, regional and international stand-up comedy! Featuring a wide range of rib-tickling jokes, improv, songs and impersonations, come watch the funniest Comedy Masala comedians as they take you on a hilarious ride at the Neon Lights Festival. Not suitable for anybody under 18.
GB Labrador (Philippines) – Saturday Only
GB is the most sought after comedian in the Philippines and recently appeared on Comedy Central Asia. He has performed in various clubs in the U.S. including shows for 2nd Avenue and Jack TV. GB’s style of comedy has no boundaries, and he believes that anything you find funny in this world is worth delivering on stage. His jokes are about his daily experiences, family, friends, and life as a Filipino.
“The laughter starts to hurt” - Manila Times
Vivek Mahbubani (Hong Kong) – Sunday Only
Vivek Mahbubani is a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian performing in both Cantonese and English. He’s the 2007 Chinese & 2008 English Funniest HK Comedian, and has performed live in Hong Kong, China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Bangkok, Sri Lanka & India. Having been ranked as the top comedian in Hong Kong, in 2014, the World Famous Laugh Factory in USA ranked Vivek as one of the top 10 comedians in their Annual Funniest Person in the World Competition. “Funny, peculiar” South China Morning Post
Jinx Yeo (Singapore)
Jinx’s unique style of humor won him the 1st Runner-Up at the 2011 HK International Comedy Festival. He was recently part of the ‘Kings & Queen Asia 5’ standup comedy show at the Esplanade theatre, where he performed for over 3,000 people. Jinx has headlined and performed in numerous gigs across SG, Malaysia, HK, Philippines and Australia.
“Goes for the jugular” - Today Online
Sam See (Singapore)
Born and raised in Singapore, Sam See is part of the new wave of stand-up comedy in the region, bringing his own style and youthful charm to audiences. He has performed internationally in such countries as Melbourne, Taiwan, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Macau, Myanmar and the Philippines. In 2014, he made it to the finals of the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition, and in 2015, won 2nd-Runner Up in the KLIC Fest Comedy Competition.
Liam McDonald (Canada/ Singapore)
Liam has performed live in Canada, USA, Hong Kong and Singapore. Armed with a Keytar, microphone, sharp wits and a very likeable persona on stage, he has created one of Singapore’s most unique comedy sets combining stand-up, improv and music to deliver an unforgettable act. A crowd favorite in Singapore, Liam started his stage career in his native land of Toronto, Canada as a Music Theatre major and spent 2 years touring throughout the US & Canada fronting for a rock band. He also spent 10 years with an Improv troupe honing his experience in audience interaction. As he transitions from joke to song to joke, Liam will leave you slapping your knees and begging for more!
Orion Perez (Philippines/Singapore)
Orion is the winner of the 2014 Magners Singapore International Festival New Act Competition. He has established himself as a unique act in Singapore’s comedy scene. Orion will leave you mesmerized with an array of impersonations making you wonder if he’s actually Filipino or not! Speaking more than 6 languages, his comedy transcends cultures by humoring everyday stereotypes.
Kavin Jay (Malaysia)
Has been voted the grumpiest comedian in Malaysia today for his love/hate relationship with his life, love and country. He was always destined to be angry and easily irritated, putting that negative energy on the stage to positive effects. He complains about everything, so that you don’t have to. He has performed with international acts such as Dave Callan (Ire), Pierre Hollins (UK), Vir Das (IND) James Moffet (Aus), Chris Wainhouse (Aus), Rob Brown (AUS).
“Never heard of him!” - Timeout, KL
Umar is the Founder and Resident MC at Singapore’s most popular weekly comedy night, Comedy Masala. Umar has been doing comedy since 2001, in both improv and standup, and was the founding member of Black Fish, Pakistan’s first & highly acclaimed English Speaking Improv Comedy Troupe. He made his stand-up debut in 2009, and after only 4 months placed 3rd in the 2009 HK International Comedy Competition. He’s performed live in Singapore, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia & Pakistan. He has hosted and opened for Hollywood star Rob Schneider and Bill Burr.
“No-holds-barred jokes” - Timeout, Singapore
RIOT Over 18s only
As the sun sets, Singapore’s very own drag superstar Becca D’Bus presents a very special festival edition of alternative performance night RIOT, featuring her fellow queens Noristar Narcisso, Mona Kee Kee and Ashley Fifty. Lipsmacking lipsynching, precision performance, and of course, fabulous frocks abound in this glorious homage to pop culture. Not suitable for under 18s.
Images: Becca d’Bus, Vivek Mahbubani, Orion Perez