Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Festival and Riverside present
Trailblazing queer comedy from across Asia
These four international comedy stars are the new sound of the Asian century. Breaking the rules and queering the mic from Mumbai to Manila, these out-proud-and-hilarious performers are furiously funny and hot, hot, hot.
Featuring Youtube star Hirzi Zulkiflie (Hirzi and Munah), the Queen of Malaysian Comedy Joanne Kam (The Boom Boom Room), India’s only out gay stand-up Navin Noronha, and Filipino-Australian shooting star Margot Tanjutco.
Coming from countries where homosexuality still is or until recently was criminalised, these jokers are sharp and salty, and pack more punch than a pound of pepper. It should be illegal to be this funny, not this gay.
Spice up your night with the camp, cutting edge of global comedy.
Hirzi Zulkiflie is a leading personality in the Singaporean LGBTI community, who came to fame as one half of a YouTube comedy series Munah and Hirzi over ten years between 2007 and 2018, and boasts hundreds of thousands of social media followers across all platforms. Since 2018 he’s continued as a solo artist, crossing over into conventional media as the star of BBC’s Stupid Man, Smart Phone, and compering Comedy Central’s latest series of Stand Up Asia. Hirzi was the first ever Malay Muslim ambassador for Singapore’s Pink Dot festival and is frequently outspoken in addressing the repressive nature of Singaporean anti-queer laws.
Joanne Kam, the “Queen of Malaysian Comedy” is one of the pioneers of the region, an established and high-profile comedian, host, actor and broadcaster for nearly 20 years. Joanne was a part of the seminal Singapore queer cabaret club The Boom Boom Room in the mid-90s (later franchised to Kuala Lumpur), which has set the tone for her dirty, flirty, high camp standup ever since. Joanne headlined the sold-out Comedy Zone Asia showcase at the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and comes to Spice Night following a major regional tour of her all-femme variety night Pompuan, and headlining Standup Asia for the Comedy Channel.
“A true artist of comedic timing, Kam has an extraordinary knack for stand-up – it’s a shame she was only here for two nights.” – The Music.
Based in Mumbai, Navin Noronha is India’s first openly gay standup comedian. Navin is part of a hugely successful boom in Indian standup, touring regularly, hosting his own hit podcast Keeping It Queer, and undertaking regular TV and corporate appearances and writing engagements. Navin is currently touring his hit solo show, The Good Child across India. “The crux of the show is built on using humour to grapple with what is an audacious and anxious move in Indian society” Was That Funny
Margot Tanjutco is a stunning new Filipino-Australian talent who was nominated for the Melbourne Comedy Festival’s Golden Gibbo Award for her 2019 show Vanity Fair Enough. Margot was also part of the team on Romeo Is Not The Only Fruit, billed as “the satirical lesbian pop musical Australia doesn’t know it wants” which also met with huge success in the 2018 Comedy Festival and Brisbane Festival. “The songs are skilfully written, with infectious tunes and astute, witty lyrics, and she performs them with vigour – while the political messages are always couched in a spirit of fun, never lecturey.” – Chortle