Malaysia Day – September 16 – an annual celebration to commemorate the establishment of the federation of Malaysia. Have a happy holiday!
What do we do on a day like this? In fact, what do Malaysians like to do? It would be difficult to dispute the fact that we like to EAT alot . And we like to LAUGH alot … despite whatever aspects of national dissatisfaction we might have, in which we are not delving here.
Considering that laughter is one of our national pastimes, have you been to our Malaysian stand-up comedy shows? The humorous and hilarious interaction between comedian and audience is both tittilating and hugely entertaining.
I have been to many through the years especially the ones put up by The Instant Cafe Theatre … simply because I need laughter a little more than I need great food (and I love food!). Unfortunately, the ICT has gone defunct. I believe the deterrent to carry on was Budget. Shame, because it had commanded massive popularity with the theatre-goers during its time.
Humour cannot be explained. If one needs to have it elucidated, the humour is lost. And making people laugh is an extremely difficult uphill task. But there are talents in Malaysia, as you can see from the vids I am posting below.
Victor Borge, a Danish-American entertainer, music conductor and pianist, once said: “Laughter is the shortest distance between 2 people”. Perhaps that is one of the reasons that, on the whole, the Malaysian masses of various ethnic origins, are able to get along well … so long as they do not dabble in the play of politics which, like everyone else in the rest of the world, can get into rather dodgy situations.
David gave me some laughs in the past but it was not done deliberately. David does not deliver humour. It is just HIM, as we all know. It is for that very reason that we are inclined to make endless jokes about him and tease him relentlessly. David is a good sport. Being the “butt” of jokes has its “worthiness” – it draws attention to oneself in a good, fun way as long as the jokes are not nasty ones. I believe that, to be able to laugh at oneself makes a commendable and charming attitude to life.
Jit Murad is my favourite Malaysian stand-up comedian. He is also a playwright but he seems to have retired. Unfortunately, I am not able to find any vids of his performance. This is an interview of him when he made a short comeback. You can see how naturally his humour comes through without having to try hard to be funny.