Finally, a battle of wits to decide the mother of all questions – who/what is funnier: Singapore or Malaysia?
Representing Singapore is comedian Kumar who will battle his/her Malaysian counterpart Joanne Kam in a no-holds-barred comedic contest in Resorts World Theatre on 9 and 10 July at Laugh Die You – The Karaoke. Moderating this is none other than funnyman Gurmit Singh, as alter ego Hero Singh – a turban-wearing, moustache-bearing, law-abiding security guard who is a singer at heart.
We interrupted their preparations for the showdown (it is R18 bois!) to ask them inane questions about their lives, loves and superpowers.
A (family) moment with Gurmit Singh
How are you training for your Karaoke session on stage? I have always loved singing and am always ready. Having said that, I do one push up each day, I don’t know if it helps, but better safe than sorry as they say.
Who or what inspires you? My family, good friends and good YouTube videos. That sort of thing.
What do you most dislike? Unkind people.
If you’re not an artiste, what would you be? A computer programmer or system analyst. I have a diploma but was “interrupted” by a change in career path.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? My family. My wife and three children. Oh, and air, water, and food.
Are you a dog or cat person? I am a living thing person. I value living things. In secondary school, I was asked to dissect a cockroach for science class. I refused and pretended that the cockroach escaped from my jar.
What is your greatest fear? Running out of food. Oh, and water and air.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Cool.
Cool. Which superpower would you most like to have? Russia. Oh wait, I think you mean X-Men, Superman stuff. Then it would be flying. Awed by that since I was a kid.
What would you never eat? My right hand. Because I need to write and eat with it. The left hand on the other hand… (pun intended)
If you can be anywhere now, where will it be? With my family. You’re probably wondering why I keep mentioning my family so many times. Well that is because it would be creepy if I kept mentioning your family.
In bed with Kumar
Will you be toning down your jokes in Singapore? No, of course not.
What joke would you tell in Malaysia but would not in Singapore? I won’t joke about Malaysian politics in Singapore.
What inspires you? Everyday inspire me. I get up everyday wanting to do something positive.
What do you most dislike? The meaning of love.
If you’re not a comedian, what would you be? Motivational speaker or a good housewife.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? My credit card.
Are you a dog or cat person? Dog. Dogs are loyal and they show unconditional love more than human.
What is your greatest fear? Cockroaches.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Ah-gua (transvestite in Chinese dialect).
Which superpower would you most like to have? Invisibility.
What would you never eat? Bizarre food.
If you can be anywhere now, where will it be? In bed.
Joanne Kam goes pole dancing (perhaps)
Will you be toning down your jokes in Singapore? Not at all. I think the sense of humour is very similar in both countries.
How different is the Singapore audience compared to the Malaysian audience? I think that the Singapore audience is slightly more cautious when it comes to letting themselves loose. It takes a while to warm up but they get there eventually; it’s kind of like baking a cake and waiting for it to rise but you know that the cake is going to be a delicious cake in the end.
Who or what inspires you? Many: Whoopi Goldberg, Margaret Cho and Bette Midler are a few old school comics and recently Tina Fey and Amy Schumer.
What do you most dislike? People who see me at a bar and proceed to tell me jokes the whole night thinking it entertains me. Or worse when I tell them I am a comedian they ask me to tell them a joke. I usually just tell them I am a pole dancer instead. Easier.
If you’re not a comedian, what would you be? A pole dancer.
What is the one thing you can’t live without? Fooddddddd. And Wi-Fi. I know, I know, first world problems.
Are you a dog or cat person? I like both. My ex and I had three dogs and a cat living with us at one time. The cat just bully all the dogs. Dogs and cats have different personas and both are equally lovable.
What is your greatest fear? Being stuck in an endless mundane world where I am just existing and not living.
Which word or phrase do you most overuse? Obsolete.
Which superpower would you most like to have? Mind control and telekinesis.
What would you never eat? Worms and bugs.
If you can be anywhere now, where will it be? Las Vegas.
Will Kumar or Joanne win? Find out in Laugh Die You – The Karaoke from 9 to 10 July at Resorts World Theatre. The three-hour comedy hit from Malaysia includes performance by Malaysian rock band Hydra. Living up to the show title, you can sing along at certain intervals to Karaoke hits in the show.
Get your tickets to Laugh Die You: The Karaoke (R18)
Laugh Die You – The Karaoke (R18)
|Date:||9 – 10 July|
|Venue:||Resorts World™ Theatre|
|Prices*:||S$73, S$105, S$137, S$169, S$375
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