Thu 4th May 2017 - 9:30 pm
Fri 5th May 2017 - 9:30 pm
“Perfect Stranger is a cracker of a show - colourful and insightful — when it comes to cultural differences and reflection. 4 stars” Herald Sun 2017
2016 Fringeworld Best Comedy Nominee, Malaysian comedy star Kuah Jenhan returns to Perth next week with a brand new show, for 2 nights only.
What do you do when you need motivation for your next comedy show? Go to Uzbekistan, of course.
The tale of Perfect Stranger criss-crosses Kuala Lumpur, Tashkent and Melbourne, in a series of hilarious and frequently bizarre episodes about people meeting people - missed connections, crossed wires, some hot tips on Central Asia’s currency black markets, and Jenhan quoting Meg Ryan quoting a greek philosopher.
'Be prepared to LOL with abandon. 4 1/2 stars' The Music
'Jenhan combines family history, identity, and insecurities with beautiful storytelling.' Peril Magazine
Kuah Jenhan is one of southeast Asia’s most sought-after entertainers. In the last twelve months Jenhan has been nominated for Best Comedy at Perth Fringe World 2016, been featured on Comedy Central Asia, and opened for comedy legend Eddie Izzard. Perfect Stranger comes to Perth direct from sold out shows at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Perfect Stranger review, Herald Sun, April 10, 2017
WHAT do you do when you need motivation for your next comedy show? Go to Uzbekistan, of course.
It worked for Malaysian comic Kuah Jenhan as Perfect Stranger is a cracker of a show - colourful and insightful — when it comes to cultural differences and reflection. Malaysia and Uzbekistan are both predominantly Muslim countries, a fact which Jenhan mines for acute observations on race. He’s never short of an accent to make a point and his material has bite with a touch of self-deprecating nice guy.
Opening with a bit about recalcitrant underwear elastic, it wasn’t initially clear where this show was heading. But, heh, every show needs a warm up schtick. Once Jenhan settled in, he was off and running.
First stop — Malaysia, “a strange place” where the biggest news headlines proclaim that Beauty and the Beast turns children, gay. A gig interviewing Miss Malaysia contestants becomes a brand endorsement for Maserati and proof that pageants turn women into robots.
Malaysia is home, but lacks edge for Jenhan, so why not the furthest place away that he can find? Uzbekistan treated him well, and while communicating with the locals was difficult, it did inspire this show and got Jenhan thinking about the various ways that people identify with their race.
While Australians are touchy about it, not wanting to draw attention to racial difference, Malays are the opposite. Everyone in Malaysia is identified by race — Malay, Chinese or Indian — and Jenhan’s circle think nothing of using racial distinctions to describe people.
Jenhan couldn’t ask for better material when this very paper previewed this show by comparing him to Ronny Chieng and describing him as “hirarious.” While this crass endorsement caused a PC uproar here in Australia, nobody Jenhan knew in Malaysia batted an eye lash. Jenhan brandishes a huge blow-up poster of said article, effectively cinching his point.
Perfect Stranger is Jenhan’s second full-length show after last year’s Like This Like Dad. (In 2015 he appeared as a part of Comedy Zone Asia). He’s a deft comic, who holds his own even when underwear malfunctions let him down. Watch out for this guy — he’s going lots of places besides Uzbekistan.
Previous reviews for Jenhan
"Be prepared to LOL with abandon." The Music
"Jenhan combines family history, identity, and insecurities with beautiful storytelling." Peril Magazine
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