The biggest and funniest Comedy Festival in Asia has begun, aptly named the Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival (KLICFest) 2015. Over eight consecutive days 16 to 23rd September 2015, over 60 of the world’s funniest comedians from 14 different countries take to five stages across Kuala Lumpur to entertain an audience of more than 20,000 people. I was at their media preview yesterday, and it was awesome!
|The Biggest and Funniest Comedy Festival in Asia Hits Kuala Lumpur (KLICFest2015)|
This epic comedy saga is the brainchild of our very own Harith Iskander, the 'Godfather' of Malaysian comedy- who is both founder and director of this festival. This extravaganza will have all things comedy from sketch, satire, musical, and improv comedy to slightly less traditional acts like a comedy magician and a hypnotist comedian. There will also be open mic competitions, kids' comedy workshops plus a whole gamut of stand-up comedy shows in English, Bahasa Malaysia, Bahasa Indonesia, Tagalog and even Cantonese!
|Welcome to the show~ Harith Iskander introduces KLICFest2015|
|Hung Le (Australia)|
All the funny festivities will culminate in a mammoth performance of the festival's top comedians on the 20th September 2015 known as Harith Iskander's 'To Know Malaysia is to LAUGH MALAYSIA' Gala Night at The Manhattan Ballroom, Berjaya Hotel.
|Jarred Fell (New Zealand)|
"Comedy fans in Malaysia have always been kind and generous in their support and it is because of them that stand-up comedy has flourished in Malaysia. Having a full-fledged international comedy festival is the next logical step in the growth of the comedy scene here. In a way, it is a way of rewarding the fans with something spectacular" says Harith Iskander.
|Alan Bates, the hypnotist comedian from the United States|
|This is some real freaky performance|
"Everyone's heard of the Edinburgh Comedy Festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Montreal's 'Just For Laughts', three of the biggest, most prestigious comedy festivals Hopefully KLICFest will be a step towards getting Kuala Lumpur in that elite group of cities. Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal, KL" - Harith Iskander
|Tamer Kattan (United States)|
The reach of KLICFest is far and wide. This festival curated not only the best comedians from the region, from countries like Hong Kong, Singapore, Philippines, India, etc, but also the best comedians known globally. Included in the lineup are names like perennial favourite PAUL OGATA (USA), the explosively funny GINA YASHERE (UK), comedic magician extraordinaire JARRED FELL (NZ), comedy ensemble ONGALS (KOREA) and many others.
|Jonathan Atherton (Australia)|
|I do really like this guy|
The Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival is one of the many initiatives under the wider umbrella of DiverseCity 2015's Kuala Lumpur International Arts Festival. It is aimed at showcasing a diverse and multitude of talents and cultures from around the region making it one of the largest cultural events in Malaysia. This is also in line with Tourism Malaysia's Year of Festivals 2015.
|At the media preview of KLICFest2015|
|Come one, come all !|
The Kuala Lumpur International Comedy Festival aims to create a bigger platform in the future as part of fulfilling the growing demand for comedy in Malaysia. The tickets range from RM15 - RM70 which covers each show per night.
For comedy fans who do not wish to miss out on any of the shows can take advantage of the daily pass for RM98 per person or RM300 for 4 passes that will entitle the holder to cover all shows on a daily basis. To find out more about the daily pass, do email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0192432898. Check out their website at www.klinternationalcomedyfestival.com for more information on the festival and lineup of entertainers. See you there!