When the world seems not to be getting any better as far as the current global situation is concerned, sometimes all it takes is laughter to make things slightly better. Well, if you are looking for a good laugh, there are several good local comedians here on the island that might just crack you up. Whether you are into stand-up comedy or you fancy funny short clips and movies, then this post is for you.
This post will give you an idea of what local comedians you should follow and maybe you might end up laughing your lungs out regardless of the depressing mood the world is going through right now, tag along!
Chia is a powerhouse in the comedy space here in Singapore. Her decision to get into comedy must at some point left people questioning her judgment given that she left the law to venture out into comedy, crazy right! However, this is among the many reasons that she is well-loved among her audience because of her sheer grit and determination to pursue what she wanted. Over the last couple of years, she has performed in numerous shows that she describes as the best part of her life.
She does her comedy in New York and most of her content is inspired by her life as an Asian. Through her unique perspective of American life through the eyes of an Asian woman, she is able to compare and contrast the experiences in her rib-cracking comical ways. This lawyer turned comedian has won several awards including Gotham Comedy Club’s Funniest Lawyer Competition and Ladies of Laughter Newcomer Winner in 2016. What stands out most in her stand-up comedy, is the interweaving of storytelling amid telling jokes that moves her audiences.
2. Fakkah Fuzz
This is one of the funniest local comedians you could come across in Singapore. He reached the heights of his career when he made it to the top 10 list of the Funniest Person in the world competitions held in Helsinki Finland. By no means is this an easy feat considering the contestants come from the entire globe. You may also know him from his stand-up comedy special on Netflix dubbed ‘But Almost Banned’. This outspoken comic is no new face when it comes to trouble. He got into some trouble with the authorities because of some comical comments he made about the Malaysian prime minister. However, this did not slow him down, in fact, it was just but a minor speed bump on the road.
He went ahead and delivered more comical observations about the Malaysian community in general on several stages in Singapore. However, despite having controversies here and there, you will agree with me that his comical sentiments will make even a person with the least sense of humour burst out into laughter. He hosts stand-up comedy nights at Kanvas Club and Kilo lounge. Here are his social media handle and contact just in case you want to find out what he is currently into.
Who doesn’t love funny women? Well, if you are a fan of female local comedians then you surely know of Sharul Channa. This brilliant mind neither depends on accents or age-old stereotypes for jokes. Sharul has a way with words and can easily convert any scenario into a joke that will leave you on the floor. She derives inspiration from general life experiences, the psyche of men, and also the idea of life and death. She is one funny woman, getting her hands dirty is not in her DNA, she did a good job in showcasing her witty and humorous side in a recent tour she did in India.
If you haven’t already, check out her one-woman comedy monologue called ‘Crazy Poor Sita’ that also serves as a fundraiser for ‘AWARE’. She has been invited severally by the Melbourne International Comedy festival on their comedy roadshows. One thing you might not know about this brilliant woman is that she was initially trained in acting and even began her career in performing arts before finding her way into comedy. She never misses talking of her husband Rishi Budhrani’s support and encouragement for her to join him in stand-up comedy. Her first-ever stand-up comedy show was at Comedy Masala. Keep tabs on her social media platforms.
4. Jinx Yeo
Different from what his name might suggest, trust me his shows are not here to Jinx your night. In fact, you will leave there more elated than you came in. So if Yeo is not busy touring the world on all the major comedy shows, for instance, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, or Sydney Comedy Festal, he is always here at home producing his comedy shows. It would sometimes seem that everyone wants to get a piece of him given all the tours around Europe he gets. Let not the geeky appearance fool you, what lies beneath the appearance is a mind full of thigh-slapping laughs inspired by his east meets west comparisons and also hysterical sexual references and observations.
His conservative Asian upbringing and interaction with other countries are usually a good background to where the inspiration for most of his original works come from. By virtue of his travels around the globe Jinx occasionally performs at The Merry Lion whenever he gets a chance and but most of his works are on his comedy show Comedy Kampong. Get in touch or follow his social media to learn more about his works and whereabouts.
He is just but one-half of the comedy power couple that everyone loves seeing doing stand-up comedy. Rishan is the winner of the 2012 international comedy competition and also the husband to Channa. Between the two couples, Rishi was the first to venture into stand-up comedy between the two. In fact, Channa has repeatedly mentioned that it is through the encouragement of her husband that she also got into stand-up comedy as well. He has made several appearances on comedy channels, for instance, Stand-up Asia.
Just to mention a few of his achievements, he has headlined several comedy shows in different countries including India, China, and Australia in 2019. You might have also seen him on the 3-part series ‘Unexpected Journey’, his major partnership with the Singapore tourism board and Singapore Airlines. While the comedy couple is both masters of their craft, Channa admits that their creative processes differ. While she takes a more organized and calculated approach Budharani is quite spontaneous. Budhrani’s social media and contacts should be the best place to get notified on what’s cooking and staying posted.
Hirzi, a Singaporean comedian, is also a qualified actor and a content creator. His fame arose from YouTube where he came to light as “One half of Munah Hirzi”. Since their pull-out as a duo, Hirzi has been working on the BenZi Project with Benjamin Kheng while also performing as a comedian. He’s labeled himself as a workaholic because he almost had a stroke for working too hard on the BenZi Project.
Hirzi has worked solo as a comedian and an actor and he has been well received both locally and across the Malaysian border. Besides being a content creator on YouTube Hirzi also performs in the local theatre and comedy scene. In 2019 he hosted a Channel 5 TV series ‘Stupid Man and Smart Phone’. For you to get more of Hirzi’s comedy and work, follow him on his social media pages especially twitter. He is very active on Twitter with over 85,000 followers and on Instagram where he manages three accounts.
Popularly known Kumar is an outstanding Singaporean Indian comedian, television host, and actor. This great comedian has spent almost two decades in the entertainment industry thus gathering a number of television, stage, and film credits. At 22 years Kumar had his first exposure to the entertainment industry as a singing waiter at Cheers pub in Novotel Orchid. 3 years later, he landed a job at the now Laughs Comedy Club in Tanglin Shopping Centre. He realized and actualized his comedy profession while working as an Indian drag queen at the Comedy Club.
Comedian’s Kumar big achievement arose when he got a starring job at the then newly established Boom Boom Room. In addition to his comedy, his drill routine here was song and dance. He used to write his own comedy. First, he began with clean jokes which unfortunately never attracted the attention of his audience but later learned to be more unique. Due to his “rique jokes”, Kumar’s comedy performance was often monitored by police before being allowed to perform for the public. Apart from comedy, Kumar also successfully released his biographical book, Kumar: From Rags To Drags, in September 2011. For more on Kumar’s current intriguing comedy, follow him on his social media pages.
Social Media: Instagram
8. Jack Neo
Jack Neo is a Singaporean film and television actor, who in the past has been a full-time Mediacorp artiste. At the age of 14, Neo wrote and acted in a comedy skit for Tanjong Katong Secondary School. After beginning his career in the year 1980, his comedic roles on television made him more successful and renowned in Mediacorp. Neo was best known for his cross-dressing characters as Liang Xi Mei in the long-running television comedy nite show. This great comedian set up his own company where he worked with other comedians such as Mark Lee, Henry Thia, and John Cheng. In the year 1998, he was awarded the best director for his short film and also got recognition for being a great impact on Singapore’s media industry.
After spending years in comedy Jack decided to put his hand out to acting. This could assure his audience that the skits and films he was featured in were always entertaining because of his comical skills. He later opened the J Team Academy in 2013 April which was an educational institute expected to bring together industry experts to build the new film-making talent.
Social Media: Instagram
9. Gurmit Singh
Gurmit is a popular TV host and comedian who appeared in many movies and television performances. He was a party to a comedy play in Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd where he won an Asian television award as the best comedy actor. He majorly participated in the promotion of his Malaysian culture through his work that earned him the host at the Singapore idol.
Gurmit promoted the Chinese language in his country that earned him a golden state award, in particular, the Wau awards. On his retirement from the entertainment industry, he majored in engaging young talents in boosting their self-esteem and upholding good and clean content as they air out their work. In August 2020, Singhs Phua Chu Kang was recognized as the first Singaporean brand ambassador. His legacy was recognized by a wax figure in his resemblance at the Madame Tussauds Singapore museum.
10. Mark Lee
Comedian Mark Lee needs no introduction in Singapore because he has been working with the local entertainment industry for almost two decades now. Lee is a comedian who gained recognition for his work with Jack Neo and Henry Thia. He worked in films such as Money No Enough and the long-running comedy nite program. His first public appearance was made in the comedy horror film The Ghosts Must Be Crazy.
His expertise and outstanding skills have earned him the Best Comedian title for over four years. He also won an award along with his colleague Christopher Lee. He became the first host-cum-comedian to be awarded the All-Time Favorite Artiste award in the Star Awards 2010. Despite being known for his comedic roles in his career, Mark Lee is also into hosting and has hosted different kinds of programs mainly the DIY. His entertaining hosting skills have won him multiple awards for the Best Variety Show Host. To get in touch with Mark Lee, follow him on his social media handles.
Of course, the above local comedians by no means represent the entire comedy industry. However, the above-reviewed comedians are just but a few and the best on the Island. So the next time you are having a bad day and want to have a laugh, look for some of their previous projects or check whether they are having a comedy night near you and go have the best night of your life!
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