Art and Performing Arts Review

The Jokes’ on You: Comedy Masala

By Zaki JufriEvents - 15 July 2011 9:54 AM | Updated 10:43 AM

The Jokes’ on You: Comedy Masala

 inSing will be streaming this Tuesday's (July 19) Comedy MasalaLIVE on our website. So remember to tune in to catch all the action! Quick, tell all your friends too so they don’t miss out!

So you think you’re the life of party in your group of pals, always cracking the odd joke which brings rapturous laughter and ribbing from them.  And the next thing you know, your friends sign you up on an open mic night at a stand-up comedy club.

Ask any comedian and they’ll attest that stand-up is the cruellest of all the forms of comedy. Being a stand-up comedian can be very difficult, as it takes just the right blend of writing, timing and delivery. Add a live audience that sometimes wants nothing more than to make your life miserable and you can see why being a stand-up comedian is no laughing matter.

The stand-up comedy scene in Singapore is growing. More people are turning up to watch the regular comics coupled with a whole lot more acts coming down.

Popular ones include Stand Up For Singapore atBlu Jaz Café. Hosted by Jonathan Atherton from Comedy Club Asia, the show takes place every second Wednesday of the month. This month also sees the seventh instalment of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Road Show taking place at the DBS Arts Centre from Jul 27-30. It features comics from Down Under including Bob Franklin, Josh Thomas and Felicity Ward.

Another show that’s bringing on the buffoonery is Comedy Masala. Possibly Singapore’s newest and only weekly stand-up comedy open-mic night, resident host Umar Rana, the second runner-up at the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, takes you through two hours of rib-tickling fun every Tuesday evening at Home Club.

“There’s definitely room for more comedy here given the large number of Singaporeans and Expats who like going out to watch live comedy. The open mic culture has really picked up as evidenced by Comedy Masala's popularity and success,” says Umar Rana, founder of the weekly comedy open-mic night.

Launched in October 2010, Comedy Masala has grown in leaps and bounds, seeing a packed house every week. Its biggest success to date came in February this year when two of its comics, Wayne Cheong and Jinx Yeo, opened for Hollywood funnyman Rob Schneider during his stand-up comedy world tour stopover in Singapore.

Here’s a clip from Comedy Masala:

“Comedy Masala prides itself in being the number one comedy night in the ‘comedy underground’ - in fact Comedy Masala's popularity can now rival any of the best comedy clubs across the world in terms of the sheer quality of open mic comedy,” enthuses Rana.

“Word has been spreading very quickly about Comedy Masala because of the quality of the comedy, the affordable entry ($10 including 1 drink) and the best happy hour offer (2 for $12 all night) in the centre of town! There is a special student discount available (only $6 entry including 1 drink, with valid ID). When you combine all these factors into one night, and then also end up laughing till it hurts - well then that’s a recipe for success!” he adds.

Comedy Masala takes place every Tue, from 8pm at Home Club.