The way the world is going nowadays, it’s sometimes difficult to distinguish jokes from real news. Just look at the local headlines, which are often filled with political gaffes, mindless press statements, or the ridiculous actions of ridiculous people.
It can be disheartening sometimes. But look at the bright side! It means there’s always an abundance of material for comedy. Just take Malaysia’s Got No Shame, the latest comedy production featuring veteran performer Allan Perera, which took up the nation’s most sensational scandals, sins and shock stories, and converted them into comedic gold.
So for those not in the know, Perera is a well-established Malaysian entertainer, probably most well-known as one of the co-founders of Comedy Court with Indi Nadarajah. He’s sung, acted and produced over a hundred TV and radio commercials, and appeared in various theatre plays.
In this show, Perera takes the stage by himself – and shows that while he’s excellent in a double act, he can definitely excel as well flying solo. The man definitely has charisma, managing to grab the audience’s attention the moment he stepped on stage. Though how much of that was because of his blindingly bright orange suit, we don’t know.
Malaysia’s Got No Shame, presented by Perera’s company Giggle (M) Sdn Bhd, is actually two shows in one: its first half featured Perera’s stand-up comedy, while the second half saw him perform a variety of classic songs with his Giggle Tribute Band. The show’s been received positively so far, having had to extend its original run twice (currently, until June 24). And perhaps for good reason, as it’s a pretty solid night of entertainment.
Its first half was positively rib-tickling, with Perera poking fun at the various scandals to hit Malaysian shores, from the Masterchef crispy rendang scandal to Datuk Seri Najib Razak’s upcoming trials.
Using everything from over-the-top impressions to clever wordplay, Perera delivered sarcastic commentary on many current issues, drawing delight from the audience.
His style of humour was a bit old-school, meaning it could sometimes take a while to get to a punchline, but when it got there, it certainly hit hard!
Perera also used music in many of his jokes: How Much Is That Doggy In The Window, became ‘How Much Is That Lawyer In The Courthouse?’, a reference to Najib’s trial being postponed after a lawyer hurt his hand playing with his dog.
Also featured was a parody of the classic Marilyn Monroe tune Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend, dedicated to a certain big-spending politician’s wife!
Also featured were "guest characters", all portrayed by Perera, which included the laid-back rocker Bluesman, and frazzled Bangladeshi worker Basha Abdul Malik.
But the true star of the night was unarguably Rukumani Jones (Perera, looking fetching in a sari), the hard-talking, no holds barred president of W.A.R (Women Always Right), who brought the house down, particularly with her bit on holding hands in a relationship.
After a break, Perera returned with his Giggle Tribute Band, performing as the Rocka Silly Billys and the Groovy Coogiruns. He and his group (drummer Aaron Gideon, guitarist Chester Zarsadias and bass guitarist Julio Singho) delighted with their rendition of various hits from the 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s, including The Wonders' That Thing You Do, The Hollies’s Bus Stop and Bobby Day’s Rockin Robin.
Also featured were a girl group, the Giggle Trio, comprising soloists Germaine, Fida and Ika, who performed a medley of Abba hits.
It’s a bit odd to have a show of comedy in the first half and music in the second half, but audience members seemed to be having too much of a good time to really care. It may be called Malaysia’s Got No Shame, but Malaysians certainly got a good time in store with this show. A polished show by a veteran performer.