Now, he’s jetting back off to US.
My throat still feels coarse after all the heavy laughing last night. I guess they left the other part out in laughter is the best medicine, that someone is gonna get a hurt real bad. *cough*
The Russell Peters Malaysia 2012 Tour
It was an almost family ordeal last night as we went to catch Russell Peters live in Malaysia. I say almost family because my other brother wasn’t able to join us. Nonetheless, we went ahead and got my parents tickets as well to catch the comedian live.
We got there 1 hour earlier worried parking would be a problem or there’d be a crowd to get into the stadium. When we reached, we quickly grabbed a bite from a burger stall nearby. From waiting and observing them, I knew they were real amateurs compared to the stall owners of Ramly and Otai.
It took them more than twice as long to cook up a burger special – patty wrapped in egg. Then, I noticed the patty’s were thinner than the ones I’d buy from Ramly and Otai. Furthermore, instead of cracking the egg over the hot pan and spreading it, the cook put eggs into a bottle to stir then portioned it into a smaller cup. WTF?
What amateurs, right? I know. *nods* Not wanting to be judgemental, but they should’ve taken off the Ramly apron and not embarrass the trained burger experts where we buy real authentic awesome Malaysian Ramly burgers. Yes, I’m proud of my burger stalls.
We passed a few groups selling off self-made Russell Peters merchandise on our way to the entrance. Some of them even used his official logo on them to make it more authentic. Trust us Malaysians to be the next master of pirates I suppose. In my defence, I would’ve bought 1 of it which was a well designed non-plagiarising version promoting the event. But the illustration of Russell Peters threw me off. Ah, how subjective is design.
After walking up the stairs to what we thought was the entrance for East retractable, we learned from the helpful and friendly staff that our entrance was below. So, we walked back down again. Thankfully, as we walked through the correct entrance tunnel, we could feel the cool air conditioned breeze. Phew.
The ushers were also helpful to direct us to our seats. I suppose this came from practice of last night’s 1st show. The stadium felt cool at first, but it got warmer the moment more seats filled and the show was kicked off.
By the way, it’s the one show I’ve been so far where they had a lot of security and were very strict – not to protect Russell. Their main activity was to blind attendees with their seizure inducing strobing flashlight and laser pointer when attendees tried to photograph anything, even before the event officially started. Some were even flashed when they were taking photos group shots of themselves. I shit you not.
Then before the event, a reminder came on to constantly inform the crowd that recording is prohibited – that’s normal, advising to turn off all electronic devices – normal too, and use of Bluetooth devices or SMS-ing during the event may get you ejected from it – wait, wha?!
Warming up the event environment, DJ Spinbad spun and scratched some songs for a good 30-60 minutes. Out of the 3 screens at the event, 2 of them gave us the bird’s eye view of how he does what he does. It kept me thinking, “damn, I want me one of those turntables!”
The show kicked off with Malaysia comedian; Andrew Netto. It was a good start, though my Dad thought he felt a little nervous. Being a local, he gave us some jokes related to the recent Bersih 3.0 event. Before passing on the act, he wrapped it up by reminding us there were 8,000 people here just in case it was reported the next day; only 3,000 were present. ROFL!
The 2nd comedian; Joey Medina, took the stage after. He threw a number of sexual related jokes to the crowd and for one moment, I thought us (Malaysians) were really a “brady bunch”. I mean, we laugh really easily. I guess we needed lots of that medicine after having so much traffic stress jammed up our behind nearly everyday.
Then the moment everyone was waiting for arrived. They played his introduction used in last year’s Green Card tour to the music of the series; The Benny Hill show. I always kept thinking Beverly Hill. *facepalm* Here’s the theme song to jog your memory of the comedy series back in the day. If you were born in the 90s, look up YouTube.
Okay, so back to Russell’s introductory video. I really loved the ending touch of it because they toetally included the Malaysia flag onto Russell’s t-shirt. Nice. (Sorry, if you didn’t get it because you weren’t there.)
Russell really got the crowd laughing hard. He put on his comedic faces and even played with the microphone. Then as Ariel mentioned, if you’re sitting right at the forefront, be prepared to be one of his subjects – not slave, silly. Poor blonde haired lady and her husband got picked on, though I was wondering if they understood his joke. LOL!
Then of course, Russell had to call on his inner power of black people. Thankfully in Malaysia, we’re a multi-ethnic country with plenty to choose from including students from various parts around the world. So, Russell only had to choose how black he needed black.
Oh, and when Russell notices you walking somewhere else midway through the show, expect to be included into the show. Even the 2 cameraman on the stage with him, innocently doing their job were about to be included as part of his show. LOL!
My parents really enjoyed the show and my Dad commended Russell not only as observant but knowledgeable. Damnit! There’s goes my chance of being a comedian – I’m bad in general knowledge you see.
Well, I’m really glad my parents enjoyed it. And this experience gave me some confidence to attend even our own local comedy shows. I mean, we’ve got to attend it at least once, right? That’s what I’m saying. So, what would you recommend?