By Hannah Azlan
Comedy Central’s original series, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! is back with the premier of Season 2 in August! Produced in partnership with comedy entertainment company LOL Events in Malaysia, Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! premieres on Comedy Central in Asia on 22 August, Tuesday at 7.55pm (WIB) and 8.55 pm (PH/MY/SG/HK/TW), and is a 10-episode series airing every Tuesday for half an hour.
Paras Sharma, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Southeast Asia, Viacom International Media Networks, commented, “We saw solid viewership of Season 1 of Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! last year, which demonstrates that Asia originals have strong appeal with our audiences. This underscores our commitment to invest in original content and this season, we are spotlighting Asian comedy with a roster of the sharpest talents from around the world, and presenting new formats that will offer comedy fans an enhanced experience either watching live, on-air, or online through our various platforms.”
“Stand-up comedy in Asia is at its prime at the moment. In terms of comedy acts and the quality of material, Asia has developed in leaps and bounds to make her presence known in the international arena. This is beyond entertainment, but represents a change in perceptions and breaking of stereotypes,” concluded Rizal Kamal, CEO of LOL Events.
Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! didn’t pull any punches – the show was filmed in front of a live audience at HGH Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia last week. Featuring 16 of the most distinct Asian voices in comedy internationally – they brought their best material and left the audience in hysterics. Talents include Imran Yusuf (UK), Paul Ogata (US/Japan), Eliot Chang (US), Papa CJ (India), Garron Chiu (Hong Kong), Alex Calleja (Philippines), Dilruk Jayashina (Sri Lanka/Australia), Jason Leong (Malaysia), and Sharul Channa (Singapore); and the full list of comics can be viewed at www.comedycentralasia.com/shows/standupasia.
Since the channel was launched across Southeast Asia in 2012, Comedy Central has become one of the fastest growing brands for VIMN, which is now available 24/7 in 20 Asian markets via 49 providers. Over the last four years, the channel has collaborated with local comedy clubs to develop featurettes, on-air promotions and marketing partnerships. In Malaysia, check them out on HyppTV.