Fun­ny­man Harith to tickle Los An­ge­les folk next month

New Straits Times - - Entertainment -

THE Fun­ni­est Per­son In The World Harith Iskan­der is all pre­pared to tickle au­di­ences in the City Of An­gels next month.

The 50-year-old said that while he has not re­ceived the ex­act date of his three-day stand-up com­edy show­case in Cal­i­for­nia’s Los An­ge­les, its or­gan­iser, The Laugh Fac­tory, had in­di­cated that it would take place in the mid­dle of next month.

The Jo­hor Baru-born co­me­dian who will be spend­ing nine days there, will be ac­com­pa­nied by his wife and man­ager Dr Jeza­mine Lim.

“It’s a su­perb op­por­tu­nity for me to pro­mote my brand of com­edy in the US, and I’ll also get to talk to the Amer­i­can me­dia about my ex­pe­ri­ences as a co­me­dian and ac­tor,” he said in Kuala Lumpur re­cently.

Thrilled to be per­form­ing on The Laugh Fac­tory’s stage which has hosted some of his favourite co­me­di­ans, such as Chris Rock and the late Robin Wil­liams, he said: “It’s def­i­nitely go­ing to be a trip to re­mem­ber. I’d like to thank The Laugh Fac­tory for giv­ing me this great op­por­tu­nity to get close to Amer­i­can fans who are known to be open to com­edy from across the globe.”

Harith’s trip will also in­clude vis­its to tourist des­ti­na­tions in and around the city.

“Ini­tially, I thought of bring­ing our three chil­dren along, but my wife and I de­cided against this, as it’ll be mostly a work­ing trip.”

The co­me­dian with two decades of ex­pe­ri­ence, plans to tour more US cities next year with The Laugh Fac­tory, which also or­gan­ised the Fun­ni­est Per­son In The World con­test last year.

Harith won the ti­tle and US$100,000 (RM447,950) at the con­test’s fi­nals in Levi, Fin­land, last De­cem­ber af­ter beat­ing 88 other in­ter­na­tional co­me­di­ans.

While he is not likely to meet his favourite Amer­i­can co­me­di­ans, he hopes to “bump” into pop­u­lar co­me­dian and tele­vi­sion host Jay Leno.

“It’s never easy to meet an Amer­i­can co­me­dian in the street or stu­dio, but if I do get to meet Jay, I’d call my­self the luck­i­est man in the world!” By Den­nis Chua

Harith Iskan­der hopes to “bump” into pop­u­lar co­me­dian and tele­vi­sion host Jay Leno.

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