“direct, on-the-nose humor”
- The Star Online, Malaysia
Umar Rana is the founder of Comedy Masala Singapore. By day, Umar is a Banker in Singapore and by night he’s a comedian and Home Club’s Resident MC for Comedy Masala. Umar has performed live in Singapore, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Pakistan and has established himself as the leading influence in developing the standup comedy culture in Singapore.
In Feb 2010, Umar hosted “AN EVENING WITH ROB SCHNEIDER” where over 1,400 people attended to watch the Hollywood Emmy-nominated actor and Saturday Night Live veteran during his world tour stopover in Singapore. Umar has hosted & produced international comedy shows featuring acclaimed professional comedians such as PAUL OGATA (USA), BARRY HILTON (SA), BUTCH BRADLEY (USA), RUBEN PAUL (USA), AL DUCHARME (USA), BRAD UPTON (USA) and festive shows “LAUGH OFF ASIA” and “KARMA KOMEDIANS”
Umar began his comedy career in 2001 and was a founding member of BLACK FISH, Pakistan’s first and highly acclaimed English Speaking Improvisational Comedy Troupe. Black Fish attained cult status performing weekly to packed audiences and began touring major cities across Pakistan. Black Fish was selected by The British Council to represent Pakistan in “Contacting the World” Theater Festival in Manchester, England in 2004.
Umar continues to host and promote comedy shows in Singapore, with a vision to introduce mainstream standup to the local Singapore audience, and to make international standup comedy accessible to everyone from students to executives.