Malaysia’s comedy veteran crowned ‘funniest person in the world’

Malaysia’s comedy veteran crowned ‘funniest person in the world’

Malaysia’s comedy veteran crowned ‘funniest person in the world’

Written by Staff Writer

12 Dec, 2016 | 4:33 pm

Malaysian comedian Harith Iskander was crowned 2016 Funniest Person in the World competition in Levi, Finland, on Sunday the 11th of December.

He beat four other finalists to be named the funniest person in the world by US comedy club chain Laugh Factory, which has hosted comedy greats like Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle as well as American talk show host Jay Leno.

He was declared the contest winner through an online voting system, through which fans had 24 hours to cast their votes.

The competition, organised by US-based comedy club chain Laugh Factory, consisted of three rounds. In the first round, 89 comedians from 56 countries battled to earn a spot in the top 20. The top 20 contestants proceeded to compete in the second round before the final five vied for the top spot in the third round.

Iskander has been part of the country’s stand-up comedy scene for the past 26 years and he credits his win to using “local material with an international context”.

“Malaysia is really ‘Truly Asia’ because within our country, it’s a bit like a buffet, there are different races and cultures, there’s a little bit of everything,” he says.

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