Close in geography yet diverse in identity, is there a Southeast Asian sense of humour that arises from the feeling that we're "same same but different"? We talk to these comedians and writers how our shared regional social norms, when juxtaposed with linguistic differences and cultural idiosyncracies, set the stage (and page) for their witty comebacks, juicy punchlines, and leave audiences and readers laughing in 555s (shorthand in Thai for HaHaHa).
This programme is co-presented with the Singapore Book Council and supported by Sing Lit Station.
Shamaine Othman has spent 10 years working in the Malaysian and Singaporean TV and film industry as writer, producer, director and actor.
For stage she has written for sketch comedy group, Projek Disko Baldi and the popular OlaBola Musical, produced by Enfiniti Productions.
As a comedian, she performs regularly with Malaysia's longest running improv troupe, AIIA Improv and in the Malaysian and Singaporean stand-up comedy circuit.
Gurmit Singh made his TV debut in 1994 hosting a live show called Live on 5. His role as Phua Chu Kang in the sitcom Phua Chu Kang Pte Ltd enabled him to win Best Comedy Actor Award a total of 5 times, at the prestigious Asian Television Awards.
Jesse Q. Sutanto is the author of Dial A For Aunties, Vera Wong’s Unsolicited Advice for Murderers, The Obsession, and many other books across various genres. Dial A For Aunties has been picked up by Netflix and Vera Wong’s TV rights were bought by Warner Bros, with Oprah and Mindy Kaling set to produce.
Suffian is an author, screenwriter, playwright and culture & lifestyle journalist described by the Straits Times as 'one of the most whimsical, creative and unpretentious young voices in Singapore literature'.