19 April 2015

The closing ceremony

Woah. I can't believe it. Today is the last day of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival. I did my 1-hour Cantonese show titled "An Indian made in China" yesterday and it went absolutely great! I mean, I honestly was nervous because it's a new room, a new crowd, a new order of my comedy but it all went very well! :D

Then I got to follow that with Comedy Zone Asia! WAhoo!! Honestly, the biggest deal to me was the fact that I had around 180 people in the audience and they were loving it. It was such an honor to perform in the Melbourne Town Hall's Supper Room. The same room people like Milton Jones, James Acaster, Josie Long and Matt Okine have performed in this year. Like, absolutely insane that I got to enjoy that stage!

I have to say, this whole festival has been an absolutely fantastic run. I learned so much, grew so much and experienced so much. I feel like I've changed as a comedian with a whole new mindset and world of what is possible.
This time last year, all the Asian comedians are definitely coming back for the festival, but now we're going to make it even bigger because Asia has so much to offer with regards to comedy. I'm confident this is a whole new wave of comedy and I look forward to blowing people's minds away like my mind has been completely exploded during my trip here.

Well I have 30 mins before it's time to get ready and get out for my last full on meal (lunch) with the family I've had for the last 3 weeks. I'll actually miss these guys mostly because we all got to experience and grow like this together.

Anyway, here's to an even better next 10 days than I can expect! :D

07 April 2015

The festival of comedy

Hello from Melbourne!
I'm currently halfway through the shows at this year's Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Let me just say, I've seen and experienced so much comedy in the last 2 week, my mind has literally blown apart, and re-assembled with regards to comedy, comedy festivals, shows, styles and even the culture of comedy.

All the comedians in the show, Comedy Zone Asia agree that this trip is more like a scholarship than just being part of the festival. The organizers are extremely nice! Like they actually want to nurture and grow more comedy! We've got to experience the daily rejection of flyering on the streets but that usually gets canceled out with a great turn out at our shows. We've sold out quite a few of our shows and everyone is very impressed and happy with the show's turn out. Granted, we're performing in the Melbourne Town Hall so that definitely is a very, very big advantage for us but man, this is absolutely so cool (yes I'm like a kid in a candy store, where comedy is the sugar ingredient).

While I've been here, I've been enjoying some seriously good food both at restaurants as well as from super markets cooking myself. I've definitely slowed down in getting my work done though, mostly because I'm limited to my laptop and I'm not always in my hotel room (and I shouldn't be). But anyway, 2 weeks left before it's time to go home and well there's so much to still be done... so let's rock it out!!!!!!

Enjoyyour next 10 days!