Comedy Central has unveiled its line-up of 12 Asian comedians for Stand-Up, Asia! Season 4! One of the network’s original productions, this season evolves the stand-up show format into a stand-up and sketch hybrid, coupled with the boldest and funniest comic talent to celebrate Asian comedy. Stand-up, Asia! Season 4 will air in Asia in November.
First on the list and hailing from Singapore is Sam See. A familiar face on the comedy circuit, Sam has opened for some of the biggest names in comedy, such as Jim Jefferies, Gina Yashere, and Kevin Bridges. Up-and-coming comedian Qamarul Haziq is next, and he has opened for American TV celebrity, Tom Green, and Singaporean comedians, Fakkah Fuzz and Rishi Budhrani.
The crew from Malaysia are at polar opposites! Look out for the country’s comedy sweetheart, Hannan Azlan, who is not only the youngest winner ever of the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition (2016) but the first and only female to do so! At the other end of the scale is Malaysia’s grumpiest comedian and rapid-fire joke machine, Kavin Jay, a returning comic from the very first season of Stand-Up, Asia! Providing the balance is Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2019 Newcomer Award nominee, Nigel Ng, who also made his TV debut on Comedy Central’s Rob Delaney’s Stand Up Central in 2018.
For the first time, the series includes comics from Taiwan and Brunei. Brian Tseng is a comedian and host of The Night Night Show, a late-night internet talk show in Taiwan that focuses on political satire. Founder of comedy troupe BruHaHa Comedy, Zainal Bostaman also jumps on the funny bandwagon, to take you onboard a rollercoaster ride of hilarious moments.
Showing off her sassy stage presence is Yumi Nagashima, a Japanese comedian based in Canada, and finalist in the 2016 & 2017 Yuk Off Competition in Vancouver, who will win you over with her take on what goes on in the world.
The face of Just for Laughs 2017, JR De Guzman, hails from the Philippines and resides in the US. He combines music and comedy in his set and has opened for international names like Tim Allen, Margaret Cho, and Paul Mooney. Fellow Filipino, Ryan Puno, is the founder and director of comedy channel, SOLID OK, and wants to make people laugh and show the different facets of Pinoy comedy.
Set to take the world by storm is Storm Xu from China, who has had sold-out shows in the United Kingdom, United States, and Australia.
And last but not least is Aaron Chen from the Land Down Under! A festival favorite, Aaron took home the ‘Director’s Choice Award’ at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 2019 and had a sellout run recently at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2019.
These 12 acts will join sketch duo and hosts, Benjamin Kheng and Hirzi Zulkiflie of the The BenZi Project. Get ready to be tickled to the core of your funny bone with the smartest dose of funny with satires that play on Asian culture, social norms and idiosyncrasies.
In partnership with lyf by Ascott, filming for Comedy Central Stand-Up, Asia! will take place in front of a live invited audience at lyf Funan Singapore, Southeast Asia’s largest coliving property that redefines the apartment living experience.
Since the channel was launched across Southeast Asia in 2012, Comedy Central has become one of the fastest growing brands for Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN), which is now available 24/7 in 16 Asian markets via 80 providers. Over the last eight years, the channel has collaborated with content creators and comedy clubs to develop featurettes, on-air promotions and marketing partnerships.