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Personalities of the Week- Joanne Kam, Daphne Iking, Sharul Channa and Shamaine Othman in their 2nd kam-ming

Personalities of the Week- Joanne Kam, Daphne Iking, Sharul Channa and Shamaine Othman in their 2nd kam-ming

Joanne Kam and her league of extraordinary females have done it again…and you know what they say about the 2nd kam-mings especially from Joanne Kam, it  should be is stronger and bolder. And yes, even as I cringe at the title, I cannot help but anticipate an entertaining up your face type of bold bordering bawdy jokes.  And if you read some of the answers to the interview, you will kind of get an idea of what to expect. These ladies whose own colorful lives already show their strength and courage will show us that looking at life with humour really helps! So, don’t miss the 2nd kam-ming!

 Joanne Kam

joanne Kam1. A little history on each of the comediennes and her past works.

 Joanne Kam have been doing comedy since she was 19 but was introduced to the world of stand up in Boom Boom Room Spore when she was 21 and never looked back. She opened Boom Boom KL with a bang and the rest as they say is history. Now after 21 years in the entertainment industry she has produced not only a string of comedy productions starting with : Kam in your Face back in 2008 and continues with Kam…Fully Loaded as well as The Laugh Syndicate which was a 4 month stint at sevenate9 at Ascott. Other theatre productions include : Taming of the Shrew ( A Bollywood Cabaret ) 2010 and Romantic Fools ( 2012 ). In 2012 as well Super Kam and the league of extraordinary femmes exploded on stage.

2. How did this collaboration kam about? What was it like working together?

 I wanted to work with women whom I admire who also wanted to try their hands at comedy. I am very clear in wanting to promote women in comedy and to give them a platform to perform.

I have worked with Daphne Iking in Superkam 1 and she blew us away with her funny directness and I guess proved to all that you can be beautiful and funny at the same time. Shamaine Othman has come a long way from the first time I saw her in Time out comedy open mic session – she is like my prodigy if I dare say but her hard work and determination have carved her a name to be reckon with in the stand -up community.  I interviewed Sharul Channa last year when I was still at Capital FM and went to see her perform at Comedy Kao Kao – after her performance I knew she would be the final comic to come on board Super Kam 2. Later on I found out she also shares the same birthday as me – it’s meant to be …we’re really like sistas from different mothers.

3. What was it like working together?

 I love it!  Amazing it was a lot of hard work but we pulled thru till the end.

 

4. What is the one thing that each contributes to make this a super watchable comedy?

 I think  each comic contributes their own quirky sense of humour, some a little kinkier than others, some a bit more show and tell but all hilariously compatible. What makes this a super watchable comedy ….because it is SUPER.

5. What is the message that you hope your audience will take back?

 I think Girl Power …but again we’re not on stage to objectify men but rather tell it from a female perspective and we know that the audience will enjoy us. What the audience will take back individually well it depends …the single heterosexual man will most probably count the number of times I say ‘tetek’ and gawk at Daphne’s costume and Shamaine’s never ending valley and bussom buddies. The Indian men will look at Sharul Channa with a whole new perspective on Indian women’s etiquettes and the alternative lifestyle men, would all want to secretly sneak into our backstage and steal all our Super hero costumes.

For the women that come to our show, well we hope that they will be inspired and empowered.

 6. What are each of their hopes for  2014?

 So many hopes and dreams …..I guess 2014 will be like a rollercoaster ride for me with new projects that I aspire to develop and share with my audience. I am looking also into developing a series of motivational talks to teach young ladies how to find confidence through inspiration.

 

Daphne Iking

 daphne iking

1. A little history on each of the comediennes and their past works.

 This would be my third time doing stand up to an audience – the first was 3 years ago in an Open Mic session. I had a medical scare and decided to start working on my bucket list – one of them was to do stand up.

Joanne Kam heard about my stint and asked if I would be interested in doing an All Women Stand up Comedy. I said “no”. My first open mike was nerve wracking and I was happy ticking that one item off my bucket list. I had no intention of pursuing standup. She convinced me saying “never mind, you just emcee the gig. You don’t need to do an actual standup”.

 She lied.

The second time I staged a standup was about 2 years ago in the inaugural “Superkam and the league of extraordinary Femmes” And now, here I am again. I am nervous like hell. IMoments like this makes we wonder what voodoo magic does this Kam woman have that makes me do things I DON’T want to do.

 ** OMG. I had actually written all my answers but the damn thing just crashed and I have to rewrite my answers. Don’t you just HATE that?

 

2. How did this collaboration kam  about? What was it like working together?

 You will need to check with Joanne why she chose us for the second season of SK.

 I have worked with both Joanne and Shamaine prior to the first installation of SuperKam.

Joanne is strict….she often drifts off thinking about her bubble tea drinks, but comes back with amazing ideas and brilliant suggestions. I have the highest respect for her, not just in her profession, but her strength and wisdom in handling her personal challenges.

 Shamaine is the epitome of an enigma and wit. She can be profanely crude in the most elegant manner. I don’t know how she does it, but she does. I love working with her. She gives out good energy.

 Sharul? I’ve not met but am truly looking forward in learning the craft from her. I’m delighted to be working on the same stage with all three women.

 

3. What is the one thing that each contributes to make this a super watchable comedy?

 An all women standup performance. You don’t get that very often.

 

4. What is the message that they hope their audience will take back (individually)?

 Please have fun and “chillax” with us. I hope no one rewards folks RM50 to slap us if they don’t like our jokes.

 

5. What are  your hopes for  2014?

Love and compassion. I think we are lacking unconditional love of late. Everyone is just so angry with each other. Make love peeps… make LOVE! (Stop grinning Shamaine)

 

Answers from Sharul Channa

sharul channa 1. A little history on each of the comediennes and their past works.

 

Sharul Channa has been performing stand-up comedy for the past three years. In this short span of time – she has performed with Reuben Paul (USA) at the MGM Macau and also headlined shows for The Comedy Club KL, Comedy Kao Kao, PJ Laugh Fest 2013 and One Mic Stand, among others. Sharul just returned from doing shows at the Comedy Lounge in Perth and Sydney in 2013 and was part of the Georgetown Festival in Penang 2013. Sharul has also performed in Hong Kong as part of the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival showcase. She is also currently performing with Kumar (Singapore) as an opening act.

 

2. How did this collaboration kam  about? What was it like working together?

 It is amazing working with Joanne and the team. I had gone in for a radio interview with Shamaine Othman and Joanne was the resident host for that radio show. We spoke and fell in love – kind of. haha. She came in to watch us at KAO KAO comedy and decided to take us on for that project. It’s been amazing so far and i really look forward to working with the team.

 

3. What is the one thing that each contributes to make this a super watchable comedy?

 It’s an all woman line-up. I think that’s already the X factor of having women of different backgrounds coming together to share their funny life experiences!

 

4. What is the message that they hope their audience will take back?

 I personally want the audiences to come on down and just relax and laugh loads. As for the message, women rule.

 

5. What are your hopes for  2014?

 My hope for 2014 is to make every room of people laugh and make sure they have a freaking good time! :)

 

Answers from Shamaine Othman

 SuperKam-ShamaineOthmanStandUp

1. A little history on each of the comediennes and their past works.

I have previously acted in plays such as Wacky Bar, Rancangan Hari Jadi Terhebat Adli and Serangan Zombi Pertama di Malaysia.  I’ve also written several short plays, most recent was ‘Noah’ for Liminal Edge’s MIASMA. I am part of sketch comedy group, Projek Disko Baldi and last year we had our very own TV show, The Disko Baldi Show. I am also part of improv troupe, AIIA Improv, we perform monthly improv shows at Palate Palette. I recently directed two short films, Love Story for Ikal Mayang 2013 and The Couple for Garang Indie’s feature, CUAK.

2. How did this collaboration kam  about? What was it like working together?

Joanne is my mentor. When I first started doing stand up, I had asked her to check out one of my open mic nights. She came,enjoyed my set and then offered me to open for her for Laugh Syndicate in 2011. In 2012, she asked me to join SuperKam 1 which was a big ball of fun. So, why not have the same fun again right? I have so much respect for Joanne, she acknowledges the fact that all of us have different styles and she knows how to help us nurture them.

3. What is the one thing that each contributes to make this a super watchable comedy?

We’re all very funny women. That’s all.

4. What is the message that they hope their audience will take back?

Come for a laugh and a good night out. Take whatever you want from the show. If you want a message, give me your phone number, I’ll give you a message.

5. What are each of their hopes for  2014?

I hope to further expand my stand up set, work with new material. It’s tough because one has to be disciplined about it. I also hope to complete my first feature screenplay in 2014, so fingers crossed for that.

So, don’t miss out on all girls stand up people!

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