Make Penang Laugh Again!
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 hilarious Keren Bala Devan (Comedy Central Asia, Iflix), “Make Penang Laugh Again!” will leave audiences in stitches with the undeniable comic stylings of quick-witted Kuah Jenhan (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.
About the Comedians
Kavin Jayaram, better known as Kavin Jay, is a rapid-fire, grumpy joke-telling machine. He may be grouchy, but he 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.
Kuah Jenhan was nominated for several prestigious awards, including the Perth Fringe World 2016 in the Best Comedy Show category and the BOH Cameronian Arts Awards 2012 in the Best Original Book and/or Lyrics category for his work in the musical “Lat Kampung Boy”. He was also shortlisted as a finalist for his advertising campaign with Smirnoff Ice (Malaysia) at the Effie Awards 2015. Kuah has written and produced five solo comedy and theatre pieces, which have seen sold-out seasons in Malaysia and Australia. As part of the recently retired MACC (Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians), their farewell tour sold more than 15,000 tickets across Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Australia. Other exciting projects include creating and conceptualising “North Bangsar”, a fictional country that came to life as a mini-festival within Urbanscapes 2014. Kuah also started a band named The Impatient Brothers, a parody band of The Impatient Sisters. Venturing into filmmaking, he made his directorial debut with MACC in a six-episode mocku-series and directed Astro’s first English language comedy special “MACCManiaX”. Both these shows are currently available on Astro.
Keren Bala Devan (Host)
Keren Bala Devan is a stand-up comedian who loves to share his unique views about everything wrong with modern culture. Usually by complaining. A lot. His specific brand of comedy stems from years of observing how ridiculous things that are part of everyday life have come to be. From strange modern cultural habits to the annoying behaviour of the general populace, he always finds something to say and rant about. He has appeared in “Stand-Up, Asia!” (Comedy Central Asia), seasons 1 & 2 of “Komediri” (Astro), and “Oi! Jaga Mulut” (Iflix) and has headlined various shows in Malaysia and Singapore. He was also the head writer for “Kumar Fifty50” (Singapore-based stand-up comedian Kumar’s Malaysian Tour in 2019).
* Only those who are fully vaccinated (having received the second dose of vaccine after 14 days, or after 28 days for single-dose vaccines) are allowed to enter.
* Only children aged 13 years and above are allowed to enter.