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FULL 2019 PROGRAM AVAILABLE FROM 12 FEB 2019

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Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

Comedy Zone Asia (Malaysia,Brunei,India,Singapore)

Melbourne International Comedy Festival proudly presents

Comedy Zone Asia (Malaysia,Brunei,IN,SGP)

Comedy Zone Asia is firing in for a fifth year! This one-of-a-kind comedy culture trip brings the best of the Asian region to Melbourne, with unmatched performances from some of the finest and funniest international artists. Performance in English.

‘Five comedians are all in their own ways, hysterically funny… Comedy Zone Asia is definitely a highlight. ★★★★★' ArtsHub

Comedy Zone Asia is living proof that the empire strikes back. ★★★★' Herald Sun

Introducing:

Anirban Dasgupta (India)

Kolkata-born, Mumbai-based Anirban Dasgupta is a stand-up comedian and writer with a sprawling, storytelling style. Since leaving behind his career as a corporate salesman, Anirban has headlined at major comedy clubs and festivals around India and released his first special Take It Easy on Amazon Prime Video to rave reviews. Expect personal stories, sardonic cynicism and big laughs from this smart, relatable star.

Joanne Kam (Malaysia)
She’s Malaysia’s comedy queen with a career spanning over 25 years. As well as filling huge theatres with her scandalous stand-up and hosting the Boom Boom Room, Kuala Lumpur’s first cabaret club, Joanne has appeared on radio and TV, including a major role in the popular HBO series Grisse. She’s glitzy, glamourous and risqué, with an acid tongue and fiery energy bound to leave you in raptures.  

‘A true artist of comedic timing, Kam has an extraordinary knack for stand-up. ★★★★★' The Music
 

Fakkah Fuzz (Singapore)
A fast-rising star on the Singapore scene, Fakkah Fuzz is a natural and charismatic performer. Since co-headlining Singapore’s ‘Comedy Club Asia’ and taking out the title at the ‘Stand Up for Singapore’ comedy competition twice, Fakkah has become the first Singaporean to have an hour-long Netflix special, Almost Banned. Not one to shy away from controversy, Fakkah is outspoken and self-assured with cross-cultural humour to appeal across borders.

 ‘A crowd favourite.’ Channel News Asia
 

Sonali Thakker (India)
Sonali Thakker is a Mumbai-based comedian who has been writing, performing and convincing audiences (read: her parents) that she's a stand-up comic for over six years. With an observational style peppered with self-deprecation, Sonali delights audiences at comedy clubs and festivals around India. She recently finished touring her debut show Almost There across India to widespread acclaim, proving to her family that leaving chartered accounting behind was the right choice.
 

Zainal Bostaman (Brunei)
Since first taking to the stage in 2014, Brunei-born Zainal Bostaman has cemented his place across the South East Asian comedy scene. Alongside his live performances in Asia, the USA and the UK, Zainal also founded the BruHaHa Comedy Club in Brunei. With a relaxed and approachable style Zainal delivers hilarious takes on everyday situations, layered with wit and insight.

'Zainal's gentle comedy belies the cutting insights and the social commentary that he serves'. Merry Lion (Singapore)

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