Comedy is always welcome in Malaysia, and aside from its much-loved home-grown joke-masters, KL plays host to visiting laugh inducers from all corners of the world on a regular basis. Case in point, Dylan Moran and Captain Khalid head this way this December.
If you’ve never heard of Dylan Moran, do your sense of humour a favour and take in one of his stage routines. Not only does he do stand-up, he also writes, acts, makes movies and paints.
The Irishman’s fluid delivery is mostly deadpan that bubbles with bursts of energy when he’s particularly excited, which only adds to the humour. With BAFTA and Perrier awards under his belt, he has no qualms about standing in front of an audience and making them breathless for laughing.
Moran also has no issues being in front of a camera, having landed roles not just in shows but movies such as Shaun of the Dead and A Film with Me in It. He even co-wrote and starred in the sitcom Black Books. He has penned books as well, including Monster and Dr Cosmos, the latter forming the substance of the tour that brings him to KL. Mic in hand, he presents his witty, compelling views on life and its many details.
WHERE HGH Convention Centre, Sentul, Kuala Lumpur
WHEN 8.30pm-10.30pm (11 Dec)
TEL 03 7732 8872
While he may not be quite as famous as some of the more established names on the circuit, don’t discount this hilarious Tanzanian because you’d be missing out. The Hamburg-based comedian has embarked on his ‘I Think I am Single: The Finale’ world tour, causing crowds to erupt into applause as he unfurls his cracking material in cities across the globe.
Having spent a few years here, Captain Khalid, whose real name is Khalid Mboyelwa Hussein, is no stranger to Malaysia. He has experienced the culture, eaten the food, made many friends and even learned a bit of Bahasa Melayu – so don’t be surprised to hear him bringing up hugely entertaining anecdotes on his memorable times in the country. Local movie buffs may even spot him in 2014’s Lelaki Harapan Dunia.
Leave it to him to point out farcical aspects about Malaysia that even those living here can miss, as well as bits ranging from how locals interact with him to what he thinks about the multi-racial culture.
WHERE PJ Live Arts, Petaling Jaya, Selangor
WHEN 7.30pm-10pm (21 Dec)