Singapore's best stand-up comedians featuring Hirzi, Sharul Channa, Fakkah Fuzz, and more
Hirzi started out making hilarious sketches and parodies with fellow comedian Munah Bagharib almost seven years ago. He has since charted his own solo path as a comedian and actor. While his YouTube material these days centres around the BenZi Project with singer Benjamin Kheng, his stand-up routines have been well-received both locally and across the border in Malaysia. We are particularly fans of his incisive and witty 'Roast of Singapore's Founding Fathers', which he performed at the National Gallery Singapore as part of the Singapore Bicentennial last year.
Besides winning numerous stand-up competitions locally, Fakkah Fuzz happens to be the first and only Singaporean comedian to have his own stand-up comedy special, Almost Banned, on streaming giant Netflix. The 34-year-old hasn't shied away from controversy too. In 2016, he faced some backlash after his jokes against Malaysian's Prime Minister went viral. Fuzz went on to apologise for it, but his presence in the region has only bloomed since then.
Indian-born, Singapore-based thespian Sharul Channa didn't set out to have a career in comedy, but in 2017, her first solo stand-up comedy show Pottymouth changed all of that. In the last few years, Sharul has cemented her position within the local comedy scene with stellar shows that comment on distinct Singaporean personalities and lifestyles. Take for instance, her 2018 monologue at the Esplanade, Disco Sheela and other Indian Superwomen, which saw Sharul embody multiple characters to tell the unique stories and struggles of local women within her community.
Comedian, actor, and host — this multi-talented entertainer is married to comedienne Sharul Channa and makes regular appearances on Comedy Central Asia and Channel 5. While his stand-up circuit might have taken a backseat in 2019, Rishi will be kicking off 2020 with a follow-up to his highly successful routine with Sharul, The Rishi and Sharul Show 2, in February at the Capitol Theatre. Tickets are available now.
Lawyer-turned-comedienne, Jocelyn Chia grew up in Singapore but is currently based in New York City. Previously a guest host on MTV's Uncommon Sense, and a guest comedian on the Howard Stern Channel on Sirius XM, Jocelyn first garnered attention with her debut stand-up comedy show, which was televised as part of Gotham Comedy Live. These days, she divides her time travelling back and forth between Singapore and New York City. She'll be performing at the Merry Lion on 31 January and 1 February this year, so be sure to get your tickets.
An absolute legend in the local stand-up comedy scene, Kumar has spent nearly thirty years refining his craft as an entertainer. As one of the few openly gay prominent public figures in Singapore, he is best known for performing in drag with full-blown hair, makeup, and bold gowns. Unafraid to poke fun at the idiosyncrasies of Singapore's socio-political landscape, Kumar consistently draws crowds to his sold-out shows at Canvas. This year, he will be taking his sharp routines to Central Perk as well.
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