Five minutes with Kumar

Updated: 18 Jun 2013

In spite of his quite outrageous stage persona, he is surprisingly a man of few words when it comes to talking about himself. Nevertheless, Su Aziz pinned him down, metaphorically speaking, to find out just what rolls around in his mind before his already sold out performance in Causeway Exchange: A Night of Comedy with Kumar as a part of George Town Festival 2013 in June.

How would you describe yourself in five words or less? 
Happy go lucky, yet conservative. Oh! In five words. Hmmm, irreverent, funny, incisive, and uniquely Singaporean.

How and why did you get started in comedy?
I didn't really have a choice as comedy was the only thing I was good at. Plus, that was the only job that was available to me at the time. And I chose comedy because it was something different from the norm.

When was your first show and what do you remember of it?
My first show was in 1991 with Laugh Comedy Club and it was a day I will not forget.  I was s***ting in my pants because I was heckled on stage.  I was trying to make people laugh for the first time on stage and nobody laughed. That day, I went home and cried for three months.

Please finish this sentence, ‘A priest, a rabbi and a monk…’
And Anwar bin Ibrahim…

When you wake up in the morning, your first thought of the day is…
I’m alive!

If you can be the Chief Minister of Penang for a day, what would be the first thing you do?
I can only think of sponsoring the famous char kway teow lady if I was the Chief Minister or Penang.

What’s the most irritating thing someone can say to you? 
When I am in a club and people ask me if I have eaten.

What’s the most endearing thing a fan can say to you? 
My words have inspired them and they are living their life now.

Please tell us about a day in the life of Kumar. 
Kumar wakes up, then he goes back to sleep, wakes up again, looks for a cigarette, goes back to sleep again. Then after all that, he plans what to cook for the day.

How would you entice people to attend your performance here in Penang on June 20?
If the people of Penang want to expand their horizon, this is the show to watch.  It will surely be something very different from what Penang is used to.

What’s the first thought that crosses your mind when you think of Penang? 
Laid back, too laid back. You truly feel your age.

Lastly, when all else fails, you… 
Ask for help!

Details on time, venue, date and how to book tickets for Kumar's show are all here.

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