Comedians to bring the house down


Fellow comedians: Rizal van Geyzel (left) and Kavin Jay.

KUCHING: Get ready to laugh for a good cause with a trio of comedians at the upcoming Barefoot Mercy benefit dinner.

Rizal van Geyzel, Kavin Jay and Jonathan Atherton will appear at the Oct 3 event to entertain guests with their brand of satirical humour.

A “typical Malaysian” of Malay, Chinese, Turkish and Dutch descent, Rizal is known for his comedic presence which lands somewhere between the profound and the absurd as well as his observations on Malaysian life.

His mixed descent and upbringing gives him the insight and perspective to poke fun at the various quirks of multicultural Malaysia, ultimately reminding everyone that race alone does not define the human spirit.

He performs regularly around Malaysia and east Asia and also co-hosts the weekly One Mic Stand comedy night in Kuala Lumpur, which he created with fellow comedian and good friend Kavin.

Described as a “rapid-fire grumpy joke-telling machine”, Kavin has been involved in many comedy shows and projects since his performance start in 2006.

He is keen to develop new talents in the industry and hopes to run his own comedy club one day. As a founding member of Young Comedians of Malaysia, he welcomes anyone who wants to join him in his escapades and have a laugh doing what he enjoys most.

A well-travelled comedian from Australia, the multi-lingual Atherton will have the audience rolling in fits at his rapid-fire comedy and fluency in Bahasa Malaysia.

Having lived and worked in Thailand, Japan, Kenya, Uganda and Indonesia, he brings a global perspective to his gigs.

He is also a presenter of the Lonely Planet TV show as well as an actor, voice artist, writer and photographer.

Besides bringing in the comedians, Barefoot Mercy will showcase various products from its social enterprise projects with highland villagers, such as salt and upcycled paper woven baskets.

Guests should also be prepared to go barefoot on a forest floor at the dinner, which will be held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching.

All proceeds will go towards Barefoot Mercy’s work to assist in providing clean water, electricity and connectivity to remote indigenous communities in Sarawak.

“The money is going to good use. We bring cheer, laughter and joy to urbanites through the comedians, while the funds raised will bring cheer to the villagers,” the charity said.

Tables are priced at RM5,000, RM3,000 and RM2,000 each.

For details, call 012-899 8388 or 082-235 331 (Man).

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