Form laugh­ter club to de­velop co­me­di­ans – Lee

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MIRI: As­sis­tant Min­is­ter of Tourism, Arts and Cul­ture Datuk Lee Kim Shin has thrown a chal­lenge to Parkc­ity Everly Ho­tel gen­eral man­ager An­drew Peter Law to form a laugh­ter club in Miri.

Lee pointed out that with the es­tab­lish­ment of the laugh­ter club, more tal­ents or co­me­di­ans can be fur­ther de­vel­oped.

“Laugh­ter is the best part of life. It is a very good way of de­stress­ing one­self and it is very con­ta­gious.

“By es­tab­lish­ing a laugh­ter club here, we will be able to pro­duce more lo­cal co­me­di­ans. We can also or­gan­ise more fun events for the pub­lic in­clud­ing laugh­ter-based sem­i­nars and con­fer­ences.

“It is a great way to at­tract more tourists com­ing to Miri where they can come here to re­lax and en­joy while in­dulging them­selves in lots of laugh­ing ses­sions, a great boost to our tourism in­dus­try,” Lee told re­porters in a press con­fer­ence at Parkc­ity Everly Ho­tel here on Thurs­day.

Lee re­vealed that he was look­ing into es­tab­lish­ing the club by next year.

His pro­posal has re­ceived full sup­port from Miri mayor Adam Yii who was also present at the press con­fer­ence.

“Laugh­ter is im­por­tant and it has al­ways been part of our life. It is hoped that the pro­posed club with their fu­ture events will be able to bring more laugh­ter and hap­pi­ness to the re­sort city of Miri,” said Yii, on be­half of the Miri City Coun­cil.

Tak­ing on the chal­lenge, Law said that for the first time, Parkc­ity Everly Ho­tel will soon be bring­ing one of South East Asia’s most iconic and re­spected per­form­ing artist and a bril­liant stand-up co­me­dian, Ku­mar to per­form at the ho­tel on Sep 23.

The show is to be held in con­junc­tion with a na­tion­wide tour of seven cities in Malaysia – Ipoh, Pe­nang, Me­laka, Kuala Lumpur, Kota Kin­a­balu, Miri and Jo­hor Bahru through­out Septem­ber and Oc­to­ber – called Ku­mar­su­tra.

Ku­mar­su­tra is co-or­gan­ised by Deck­works Events & Entertainment and Old Bridge Del­i­catessen with sup­port from En­rich by Malaysia Air­lines and Parkc­ity Everly Ho­tel Miri.

“This show is meant to re­mind peo­ple to cel­e­brate life. Laugh­ter brings peo­ple to­gether no mat­ter what race, re­li­gion or colour of skin.

“We all have our paths which in­volve sad­ness, hap­pi­ness, re­grets and ac­com­plish­ments, let me share with you mine. You are never alone,” said Ku­mar.

Ku­mar­su­tra is a show that cul­mi­nates all of Ku­mar’s tal­ents, in­te­grat­ing the el­e­ments that have made him fa­mous.

Fus­ing to­gether the tra­di­tional and mod­ern as­pects of per­form­ing arts that have been per­fected over the years, Ku­mar brings the au­di­ence a show like none other, tran­scend­ing across age, gen­der and race.

In the past two decades, Ku­mar has proven to be a multi-tal­ented per­former, en­ter­tain­ing mil­lions as a co­me­dian, TV host, ac­tor, dancer, di­rec­tor and author.

Proudly pre­sented by Malaysia’s pre­mier com­edy entertainment com­pany LOL Events, the show will see Ku­mar per­form a per­son­alised show that will bring the au­di­ence through a story of strug­gle and tri­umph, all de­liv­ered in Ku­mar’s trade­mark sense of hu­mour.

Au­di­ences can wit­ness Ku­mar’s raunchy hu­mour as he en­ter­tains with his sharp wit, whim­si­cal storytelling and the abil­ity to find the funny in the most dif­fi­cult si­t­u­a­tions.

“Miri has a spe­cial side for com­edy scene be­cause we all do like to laugh. We hope that we will be able to at­tract com­edy fans, lo­cal and abroad to this event first of its kind here. This is a be­gin­ning of a pos­i­tive fu­ture es­pe­cially for tourism.

“We are also look­ing into com­bin­ing lo­cal and for­eign co­me­di­ans and work on more events with LOL next year. This is some­thing very ex­cit­ing for us,” said Law.

Law added that Ku­mar­su­tra has re­ceived en­cour­ag­ing re­sponse with over 500 tick­ets pur­chased as of yes­ter­day.

“Most of those who had pur­chased the tick­ets to the night of starlight com­edy are from out­side Sarawak. This proves that such event can re­ally help to fur­ther de­velop our tourism in­dus­try,” he added.

For more in­for­ma­tion on show de­tails, visit www.ku­mar­su­tra. com.

Deck­works Events and Entertainment direc­tors Allen Jude and Daneil Balan and spe­cial as­sis­tant to Lee, Eric Chin were also present.

Lee (cen­tre) and Ikhwan (on his left) de­clare open the cel­e­bra­tion while oth­ers look on.

Yii (third right) pre­sent­ing a spe­cial ap­proval let­ter to Daneil wit­nessed by Lee (third left), Allen (left), Law (se­cond right) and Chin (right).

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