The new reality TV series on Astro - Raja Lawak is a bad, bad idea. Horrendous.
I have a few issues with this show. As always.
Firstly, stand-up comedy in Malay is nearly impossible to pull off. I don't know why, but it just can't be done. I've seen enough of the show to know that the stand up that they (Raja Lawak hopefuls) do aren't funny at all, in fact it comes across as stupid and annoying. It's that bad. So there goes the hopes of unearthing the next Seinfeld Melayu.
Secondly, how exactly do you train a comedian? Do they coach them to make jokes? Or teach them how to be funny?
Thirdly, what the hell are the judges doing? Why even have judges in the first place? Dah la judge pun bukannye kelakar sangat.
To be a successful Malay comedian, you just need to know how to make funny sounds or voices (ala Lan Pet Pet or Jamali Shadat), be a spaz (like everyone else) or do slapstick shit. That's all.
Don't even bother writing a stand up monologue.