Comedy Masala - I finally made it!
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.
What has comedy got to do with music? A lot. For one thing, if you want to make it in the music business, you've to have a great sense of humour. Because the shenanigans that can happen will kill you if you don't. That said, watching Comedy Masala was like watching a music festival by indie bands. But faster, and occasionally, less painful. There were some great acts, some mediocre ones and some who just need to get back to the drawing board.
While there was an international cast - there were reps from Israel, Morocco, America, United Kingdom, Indonesia (did I leave any country out?) and several Singaporeans.
Those who killed the floor (and this is a good thing - and no, they didn't literally kill the floor, since floors are inanimate objects) included Rishi, Fakkah Fuzz, Smitta, Greg the America, Jinx who also opened for Rob Schneider (er, hope got all the spelling right, let me know if I haven't!)
Oh, and also Shan Wee! Yup, the 987FM DJ is one funny dude if you didn't know by now. His anecdotes were really a hoot, especially the ones about, well, I can't publish them here, suffice it to say that it included isotonic drinks, a petrol kiosk clerk and people called Dick.
What was interesting about tonight's show was that there were six debuts (a record, apparently) among the 20 comics. Now, I can't tell you how scary it is to go up onstage and make people laugh, but it's apparently more so than gigging for the first time. So I totally understood when some of them fluffed their lines somewhat. A stand out among the debut stand-ups though, was Adela (again, I hope I spelt it correctly) Goh, a teacher with a great sense of humour apparently. She picked the right way to do a set - talk about things you know. In her case, it was anecdotes about dealing with teararound schoolkids.And yes, they were quite funny. Considering that it was her debut at stand-up comedy, she acquitted herself well. (Also, I have a nagging suspicion that she was either in LDDS or a debater in school.)
Another debutante SK Ang was also impressive. I don't know if he was in LDDS (do they actually still have this extra-curricular activity?), but like Adela, his delivery was smooth and had great pacing. If this is what they really want to do, a few more rounds like tonight will probably help to hone their skills. You gotta start somewhere.
But if you want to shake away the Monday Blues on a Tuesday, head to Home Club. It's seriously funny. And that's no joke.
Comedy Masala happens every Tuesday at Home Club. If you get there by 9pm, you'll be alright. Entry is S$10 (including one drink). You can also check out their Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=135366359834463&ref=ts