Four of Malaysia’s proudest comedy exports will appear together in Penang for a bumper stand-up comedy extravaganza! Get up close and personal with this unprecedented lineup of diverse Malaysian talents, all of whom have made a name for themselves locally and internationally with their exceptional comic skills. Hosted by the loveable MC Farid Azmeir (Comedy Central Asia, Astro), “Make Penang Laugh Again!” will leave audiences in stitches with the undeniable comic stylings of quick-witted Phoon Chi Ho (Astro, MACC), grumpy man extraordinaire Kavin Jay (Netflix) and mixed-heritage comic whirlwind Rizal Van Geyzel (Comedy Central Asia, BBC, Astro). All performers will be performing their extended headline sets, meaning you can enjoy over two hours of laugh-out-loud comedy in one unforgettable festival outing. Comedy fans of all ages are encouraged to book their seats early to avoid disappointment.
Phoon Chi Ho
Phoon Chi Ho has built a reputation as one of the top-notch comedy performers in Malaysia who is highly sought after at corporate events.
He was one of the pioneers of Kuala Lumpur’s underground comedy scene and a prominent member of the Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians (MACC) with Douglas Lim, Kuah Jenhan and Dr. Jason Leong from 2009 until 2019, and has since shared the stage with comedy greats Dara O’Briain, Gina Yashere, Harith Iskander and Afdlin Shauki, just to name a few.
Phoon was seen on Astro’s “Komediri”, “Sedapnya Mulut”, “Gelak: Gempak” as well as Comedy Central’s “Stand-Up, Asia!”.
Kavin Jayaram, better known as Kavin Jay, is a rapid-fire, grumpy joke-telling machine. He may be grouchy but does it with a panache that you cannot help but laugh out loud. His intense sense of humour has tickled ribs and charmed audiences of all shapes and backgrounds. The travelling comic has performed in numerous countries such as Singapore, India, Hong Kong, Australia and the United Kingdom.
Kavin is politically incorrect, intense and shows a warped sense of love, life and liver. As a Malaysian Indian, Kavin has lived life with a severe disability and was always destined to be angry and easily irritated. He was voted as Malaysia’s grumpiest comedian because he rants about everything so that you do not have to.
In 2018, he was given the opportunity to host his own Netflix stand-up comedy special “Everybody Calm Down!”, which was rated as one of the best specials that year by several media outlets.
Rizal Van Geyzel
Rizal Van Geyzel is a strong presence in Malaysia’s stand-up comedy scene. He is well known as the co-founder of Malaysia’s first dedicated comedy club, The Crackhouse Comedy Club KL, which is now in its seventh year running. He has performed across the world, from intimate clubs to major festivals in front of thousands of people. 0% politically correct yet 100% hilarious, Van Geyzel brings audiences anecdotes, stories, impersonations and observations through his rapid-fire wit and acid-sharp delivery. Landing somewhere between the profound and the absurd, Van Geyzel injects an honest form of humour into the local comedy scene.
Some of his most notable shows are “Kings & Queen of Comedy Asia” held at Singapore’s Esplanade – Theatres on the Bay for two sold-out shows for a total of 6,000 people and “The Noose & Kakis” live show in front of an audience of 4,000 at Singapore’s The Theatre at Mediacorp.
He hosted 22 shows with Douglas Lim at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in 2017 and received an astounding four-star review by the Herald Sun. His TV appearances include Comedy Central Asia, BBC and Astro.
Farid Azmeir (Host)
Farid Azmeir made his stand-up comedy debut in September 2016 and soon featured at the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival 2017 curated by Harith Iskander. He is now a regular performer all around Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley.
He was seen on seasons one and two of iFlix’s “Oi, Jaga Mulut!”, Astro’s “Komediri” as well as “Sedapnya Mulut”. Recently, he was crowned champion of “Gelak: Gempak”, the latest reality show conducted in the form of a comedy competition.
Azmeir has supported local and international comics such as Harith Iskander, Gina Yeshere, Gurmit Singh, Kavin Jay, Douglas Lim, Rizal Van Geyzel, Alex Calleja and more.