Your weekly Comedy & Theatre Guide for the first week of July in Kuala Lumpur has a selection of what’s coming up over the next week.
FINAL WEEK til JULY 7: The Phantom of the Opera is HERE in KL
The world’s most popular musical, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA continues its premiere in Kuala Lumpur for a limited season at the Istana Budaya, Jalan Tun Razak, KL until July 7. The Andrew Lloyd Webber blockbuster has won over 70 major theatre awards, including seven Tony’s on Broadway and four Olivier Awards in the West End. THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA became the longest running show in Broadway history on January 9, 2006 when it celebrated its 7,486th performance, surpassing the previous record holder Cats. On January 1, 2018 it celebrated its 13,000th performance and later that month on January 24, the Broadway production celebrated an amazing 30 years on Broadway.
With 130 cast, crew and orchestra members, jaw-dropping scenery, breathtaking special effects and more than 230 costumes by the late international designer Maria Björnson, THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA contains some of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s most famous and stirring music, including The Phantom of the Opera, Think of Me and Music of the Night. The original cast recording, with over 40 million copies sold worldwide, is the best-selling cast recording of all time. Tickets are now on sale through TicketCharge.
JULY 3: Open Crack. The Crackhouse Comedy Open Mic Night
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/517 Call +60 11-2321 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
JULY 3: 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 4: Comedy Rojak at Crackhouse Comedy
Rojak Comedy! Mixed-lingo open mic show for English / BM audiences only. Its a mash up of Malaysian humor delivered in our mother tongue of Bahasa and the tongue of our colonial invaders. Rojak Comedy menampilkan persembahan komedi "Stendap" di dalam Bahasa Melayu dan Bahasa Inggeris!
CRACKHOUSE COMEDY CLUB: 24A (1st Floor) Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL . Ticket Price: RM15 online / RM20 at the door https://crackhousecomedyrojak.peatix.com/ Call +60 11-2321 2150 or email email@example.com for more info.
JULY 4: Mystery Show at TJF
It can take plenty of experimentation to get a joke just right. Even when you’re The Joke Factory. What could possibly be up their sleeves in this mystery Thursday night show? There’s only one way to find out! Go and bring a sense of adventure with you!
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. RM20 online / walk in. Get your TIX at http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ OR Call 013-5231491
JULY 5/6: Crackhouse Comedy Club presents Mohammed Magdi (EGY)
An Egyptian comedian based in Shanghai, China, Mohammed has regularly headlined Kung Fu Komedy Club, while travelling to perform in other countries including Singapore, Beijing, Shenzhen, Tokyo, Fukuoka, Osaka, Seoul, Hong Kong, Manila, Taipei, Yangon, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Dubai and Cairo to name a few.
He was the official opening act for Jim Gaffigan on his “Quality Time” tour in Shanghai in 2019, and the official opening act for Gad Elmaleh on his “Dream Tour” in Shanghai in 2018, and has also worked with Kurt Metzger, Ari Shaffir, Brad Williams, Joe Wong, Jimmy Shubert, Mark Normand and Kyle Kinane. He has recently featured on the second season of Comedy Central Arabia Stand-up show Comedy Central Presents: Stand Up, and was the first runner up of the China International Comedy Festival in 2016, and winner of the Bangkok International Comedy Festival in 2017.
CRACKHOUSE COMEDY CLUB: 24A (1st Floor) Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr. Ismail, KL . Ticket : RM50 online / RM60 at the door https://mohammedcrackingmagdi.peatix.com. Call +60 11-2321 2150 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
JULY 5-7: Tunes from the East with the klpac Orchestra
The klpac Orchestra join forces with a few local artistes to premiere some original Chinese compositions written for solo Chinese traditional instruments accompanied by classical symphony orchestra. Featuring Ong May Yi on Ruan, Sanji Tee on Erhu, Cloud Teo on Guzheng and Sim Teck Sing on Pipa, the concert is guaranteed to provide audience an unforgettable experience of sensational oriental music backed by 60 strong full orchestra.
KLPAC: Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, KL. Tickets from RM40 to RM60. Call 03-4047 9000 or visit www.klpac.org
JULY 5/6: MALAS 2 Explain at TJF
Two of the best Malay language standup comedians will be co-headlining the The Joke Factory. Get ready for a night of comedy with an all local lineup of Malaysia’s best comedians working today! As featured in Maharaja Lawak Mega, Komediri, Lawak Solo, and iflix, Rayza Mukmin and Mad Sabah will be bringing you the laughs with their sharp wordplay, keen social commentary, and hilarious observations! Supporting them for the two nights will be Mikhail Svrcula, Brian Tan, and hosted on Friday by Hindra Bose and on Saturday by Papi Zak. Come on down and support local comedy!
THE JOKE FACTORY: Lot 26, Level G3, Publika Shopping Gallery, Jalan Dutamas 1, Solaris Dutamas, KL. RM40 online / RM50 walk in. Get your TIX at http://thejokefactory.wasap.my/ OR Call 013-5231491
JULY 7: Dancebox July 2019
The Dancebox series is an ongoing project that has been run in partnership by MyDance Alliance and The Actor Studio since 2001. It is an informal performance platform which presents short works of Malaysian dance. Choreographers: Chan Kar Kah, Chai Vivan, Douglas Labadin, Fione Chia Yan Wei, and January Low. With special guest Paula Castañón from Meraki Cía (Spain). Curated and produced by Chai Vivan.
PENTAS 2, KLPAC: Sentul Park, Jalan Strachan, KL. RM15 donations at the door. Call 03-4047 9000 or visit www.klpac.org
JULY 8: 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 9: 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.