World famous stand-up comedian Russell Peters recently took to the stage in several South East Asian cities, and he brought along his unique brand of ‘let’s laugh at everything’ comedy……. Away from the large lights and crowds of the Singapore Indoor Stadium, a bunch of amateur standup comedians take to the stage every Tuesday night at Home Club, a nightspot in downtown Singapore, as part of Comedy Masala. Comedy Masala, as the name implies, is a mix of local and expatriate comedians who want nothing more than to make the audience guffaw and howl with laughter during their short five-minute sets.
After the closure of Singapore’s last comedy club, Home Club filled the void with their open mike “Comedy Masala” every Tuesday night. With a seriously funny MC and anyone able to participate, it’s become wildly popular. The club has lots of comfy seating so you can relax and enjoy the show and extends their happy hour drink promotion all night.
Social Media Week ended its second day with a date at Comedy Masala. Held on Valentine’s day and titled Social Comedy Masala, no person, race or nationality was spared as 12 different comedians took turns to have five minutes to shoot at whatever targets they had in their sights – especially those in the front row.
TODAY was there to take in the atmosphere and check out the response as the Home Club was packed thanks to all 200 tickets being sold out. For those who didn’t get a chance to get in, here’s a look at the night’s events.
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In Singapore, Facebook and Twitter are now a daily staple for many with more than 2.5 million Facebook users and over a million twitter users in Singapore.
For the first time, social media fans will have a week to call their own as Social Media Week (SMW) hits Singapore next week (13 – 17 February). The five-day event, in which meet-ups and activities will be held all across Singapore, will interest social media veterans, marketers or people who are general Facebook or Twitter junkies.
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With a record that includes banning chewing gum and censoring slapstick comedies like Borat, it’s fair to say that Singapore is not known for its sense of humour. But that doesn’t mean Singaporeans don’t enjoy a good laugh. To see the city-state at its silliest and most politically incorrect, check out Comedy Masala night every Tuesday at Home Club. Any other night of the week Home Club is an underground nightclub, but on Tuesdays it’s the stage for Singapore’s aspiring stand up comedians. Comedy Masala was started in 2010 by Umar Rana, banker by day and comedian by night, who also serves as the hilarious emcee.
THERE has always been friendly rivalry between Malaysia and Singapore. The two nations are neighbours with plenty of shared history, and therefore, good-spirited competition is inevitable.
Whether it is which place has the tastier food, nicer living conditions, better football team or prettier women, debates over “who has it better” has probably been going on since the founding of both nations!
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.
Just a couple of hours ago, I was at the 27th instalment of Comedy Masala, the weekly stand-up comedy open mic at Home Club. Launched by Umar Rana (who’s also the MC) and venue-hosted by Home Club, it’s the only weekly live comedy thingy in Singapore that I know of anyway, unless you discount the things that happen in the office. (JOKE!) This is something that I’ve been wanting to go to for 26 weeks and I finally did it.