Your weekly Comedy & Theatre Guide for Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley brings a selection of what’s coming up during the mid of July with The City List.
UNTIL JULY 21: Next To Normal at DPAC
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the US, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart. This deeply moving piece of theatre showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
This local production is brought to you by Pan Productions with direction from Nell Ng, Dennis Law. Cast: Nikki Palikat, Peter Ong, Mae Eliessa, Joshua Gui, Vale Wong and introducing Christian Palencia.
DPAC: H-01, DPAC, Empire Damansara, Jalan PJU8/8, Damansara Perdana, PJ. Tickets from the box office at www.dpac.com.my. Call 03-4065 0001/0002
JULY 17: Open Crack at Crackhouse Comedy
Is the smoking ban taking a toll on your social life? Did you choke on your Teh Ais when you saw the Raj Banana Leaf video? Do you wish you could tell all the racist people in the country to get lost? Or do you do a mean impression of Siti Kasim? Open Crack! open-mic night could be for you. Participants are given 3 minutes of stage-time and absolutely anyone can participate!
Crackhouse Comedy Club KL: 24A (1st Floor) Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL. 9pm. Tickets online RM15/ Door RM20. www.stubapp.com/event/517Call +60 11-2321 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
JULY 17: Making S#it Up!
A weekly improv comedy show with a rotating cast of comedians every week. With Henry Choo, Answer Hadi, Prakash Daniel and Farid Azmeir. Hosted by Kavin Jay.
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. RM50 online/ RM60 walk-in. Get your TIX at http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ OR Call 013-5231491
JULY 18-Aug 4: The Working Dead at KLPac
After a successful workshop production last year, The Working Dead returns with the full musical this year. 'Edwin is a hardworking employee who works long and hard to support his wife Sarah. When he dies unexpectedly on the job, his boss Chan hires a bomoh to bring him back as a corporate zombie. It's up to Sarah and Edwin's colleagues to save him!' A new original musical with an all-Malaysian crew and cast. At Pentas 2, KLPAC, from Jul 18- Aug 4.
KLPAC: Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, KL. TICKETS: RM88 (regular) and RM68 (TAS Card, disabled, students, senior citizens). Buy tickets here: https://proticket.com.my/klpac-the-working-dead/ Call 03-4047 9000 or visit www.klpac.org
JULY 18: AiiA Presents: Late Night Comedy Improv at the Crackhouse!
Join the Artifically Intelligent Improvaholics Anonymous (AiiA) as they take you on a laughing journey through spontaneity and the magic of Improv Comedy. Its engaging, its uplifting, its hilarious – get ready for the adrenalin rush of Improv Comedy. Bring a friend, your family, but leave the kids at home! It's going to be a wild night.
CRACKHOUSE COMEDY CLUB: 24A (1st Floor) Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL. Ticket Price: RM40 online / RM50 at the door https://aiiaimprov.peatix.com . Call +60 11-2321 2150 or email email@example.com for more info.
JULY 18: Zenjiro at TJF
For the first time ever at The Joke Factory all the way from Japan, Zenjiro. His unique blend of self-deprecating comedy and satire on popular Japanese stereotypes and nuances have made him a household name. An established multi-lingual comedian, Zenjiro has performed at comedy festivals around the world including Just for Laughs Festivals in Montreal, HBO US Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival Fringe and Rotterdam Comedy Festival. In 2015, he won the Stand-up Bangkok International Comedy Competition and in 2016, he came in fourth at the 2016 Sacramento Stand-up Competition.
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. RM50 online / RM60 door. Get your TIX at http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ OR Call 013-523 1491
JULY 19-20: Crackhouse presents Rizal van Geyzel
The Crack Master himself Rizal Van Geyzel is taking the stage! You've seen him and loved him in action, bringing up other headliners, now catch him as he gets to cut loose. Rizal van Geyzel is a strong presence in Malaysia's stand-up comedy scene and is well known as the co-founder of Crackhouse Comedy Club and One Mic Stand. As a comedian in his own right, Rizal has performed across the world, from intimate club gigs to festival shows in front of thousands of people. 0% politically correct and 100% hilarious, Rizal brings audiences anecdotes, stories, impersonations, and observations through his rapid-fire wit and acid-sharp delivery.
CRACKHOUSE COMEDY CLUB: 24A (1st Floor) Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL. Ticket : RM40 online / RM50 at the door https://rizalcrackingvg.peatix.comCall +60 11-2321 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
JULY 19-20: Funny & Thanni 2 at TJF
This weekend, the country’s best Malaysian Indian comedians come together to bring you two nights of hilarity back-to-back. With acclaimed comedians Gajen Nad, Prakash Daniel, Hindravel Chandrabose, Keren Bala Devan, Sundeep Singh, and hosted by Suresh from THR Raaga, it’s going to be a night of unforgettable comedy by Indians, for Indians! But of course, you can bring your non-Indian friends along too!
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Ticket : RM50 online / RM60 at the door Call +60135231491 or +60139622956, WhatsApp at: http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ or click here: https://bit.ly/2wfMTkI, for bookings!
JULY 22: Officially Harith Iskandar
In the spirit of the critically acclaimed late-night talk show hosted by Harith Iskander himself comes his brand new podcast: Officially Harith! Be part of the live audience and ask him questions and give comments as the Godfather of Malaysian Standup Comedy discusses the week’s top stories, trends, cultural touchstones, or anything else he feels like talking about on this new weekly live show! Come and be part of the show!
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Call +60135231491 or +60139622956, WhatsApp at: http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ or click here: https://bit.ly/2wfMTkI, for bookings!
JULY 23: The Joke Factory Open Mic
If you’ve ever wanted to try stand up comedy in any language, this is the platform for you.
Come and watch regular open mic-ers and established comedians try out their stuff and sign your name up too so you can get a chance to see if you’ve got what it takes to be funny. Get your TIX at http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ OR Call 013-5231491
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. Call 013-523 1491.