The other night I was invited to a stand up comedy routine here in Malaysia by a local artist named Jit Murad. I enjoyed the show quite a lot and in fact, standup comedy is one of the things that I sorely miss from the United States in my many years of living over here.
In the past there has not been much standup comedy here, and that is because nine times out of ten, someone is going to be offended and in a country like Malaysia or Singapore, offending the wrong person can quickly result in you being out of business or worse. I'll leave it to you imagination as to what the "worse" can be, but what you can be assured of is that both you life and your livelihood will be destroyed in the process.
Jit Murad is really a funny guy and brave one as well. An equal opportunity offender, he didn't spare anyone with his jokes. He made fun not only of the government, but of the Malays, the Chinese and Indians here. Jit is a Malay and interestingly enough, he received no backlash for his jokes about the other races. You see, Jit might be a Malay, but more importantly he is a Malaysian.