THE COM­EDY STARLETS

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It’s no se­cret that Nair is one of the most ex­cit­ing and in­fec­tiously like­able lo­cal Youtube per­son­al­i­ties of the mo­ment. More pop­u­larly known by the alias Preeti­pls, Nair had one of her big­gest break­throughs last year with an ir­rev­er­ent video par­o­dy­ing an of­fen­sive “fash­ion po­lice”-style reel by lo­cal in­flu­encer Saf­fron Sharpe. While Sharpe’s video was swiftly pulled after a so­cial me­dia back­lash, Nair’s ver­sion cre­ated an overnight fan base de­mand­ing more of her witty, take-no-pris­on­ers brand of hu­mour on hot-but­ton is­sues, and has since racked up more than 200,000 Face­book views.

Mak­ing an ap­pear­ance in that video of Nair’s were Michelle Lee and Char­lotte Tan of Youtiao666 – another Youtube sen­sa­tion here that’s trad­ing on cheeky – al­beit more pop cul­tural-in­flu­enced – com­edy (at last count, their vi­ral 2015 Dub­s­mash clip in which the duo mim­icked car sirens has clocked 100 mil­lion views). In fact, while Nair of­ten ropes in lo­cal celebrity A-lis­ters like Ben­jamin Kheng for cameos, it is the eye­lash ex­ten­sion-lov­ing duo (beauty brands have come to love them) who are her most con­sis­tent col­lab­o­ra­tors, also of­ten act­ing as her video pro­duc­ers.

Com­ing across as the most re­served of the bunch in per­son, Nair’s on­line charisma, how­ever, tunes up when in the com­pany of Lee and Tan, who are as bois­ter­ous as they are in videos. Long-time BFFs, they re­veal that they’ve al­ways been work­ing to­gether, brain­storm­ing and be­ing each other’s sound­ing board, so much so that even a meal­time con­ver­sa­tion could re­sult into yet another hit idea. Says Tan: “Our ‘col­lab­o­ra­tions’ pretty much in­volve us go­ing over to each other’s places and hang­ing out.” Good news for fans: They’re cur­rently work­ing on a joint chan­nel. Says Tan: “Ex­pect the un­ex­pected.”

How the friend­ship started

PN:

“I’ve been friends and neigh­bours with Michelle since 2001 as we were both from Raf­fles Girls’ Pri­mary School. I was in­tro­duced to Char­lotte through Michelle a few years back, and we then re­alised that we were from the same polytech­nic and that she was my se­nior.” (Michelle and Char­lotte met in 2014 as stu­dents at Lasalle College of the Arts.)

On how they com­ple­ment one another

PN: “Our sim­i­lar sense of hu­mour ob­vi­ously plays a big role... Some­times, Char­lotte also com­pli­ments me and calls me ‘cute’, which helps too.”

CT: “We keep each other on our toes by keep­ing each other jeal­ous.”

Their hang­out spot

PN: “When we’re not work­ing or writ­ing new con­tent, we have com­pany D&Ds at May Wong’s Cafe (on Neil Road).”

Dream col­lab­o­ra­tion

ML: “A mu­sic video with lo­cal singer-song­writer Inch Chua.”

PN: “We re­ally want to work with (lo­cal co­me­di­ans) Henry Thia, Chew Chor Meng and Mar­cus Chin.”

From left: Char­lotTe Tan (CT), PreEti Nair (PN) and MichelLe LeE (ML)

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