Perera’s Scandalous Guises


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by Jordan Barnes

ALLAN PERERA is back with parody series Malaysia’s Got Scandal at PJ Live Arts at Jaya One, Petaling Jaya from tonight until Friday.

Building on the popularity of last year’s Giggle Charity, which went on to raise RM300,000 for a selection of local charities, the one-man comedy-musician extraordinaire is set to introduce three new characters for the “semi-finals” and revive last season’s “winner”.

The skit exposes the trivial nature of Malaysia’s controversial news topics. “People are always sending me stuff on Facebook or I’ll pick up stories through the newspaper and think ‘What angle can I take on this?’ What are the things that get Malaysians talking?

“The story will come first, a particular scandal, and I’ll play around with the music to see what words can go with it.”

The former Comedy Court crack famed for his impersonations once more incorporates music into his show. Formerly of 90s band Made in Malaysia, Perera plies a lyrical twist on classic tracks of yesteryears as he sings a tune of the portrayed scenario.

Returning character, for example, Elvis Tan last sung an improvised Achy Breaky Heart on behalf of neighbour and friend Uncle Sim.

The gag was founded on a viral clip from Kuantan two years ago, which saw a young
woman repeatedly swing her steering lock at the car of an elderly man after a minor motoring accident.

“It’s a very different form of stand-up using technology and characters,” he said of the 90-minute show.

“The two work nicely for these parodies.”

There will be four guises to give audiences a laugh over the coming days as the show once again taps into the comic’s humanitarian side.

Proceeds will go to the Sri Lankan relief fund set up by Brickfields Asia College after last month’s floods washed out communities, misplaced hundreds of thousands and left more than 100 dead.

“I can use my shows to raise relief funds. That’s what I want to do, that’s what I enjoy doing.

“If this is just as successful as last time, we can really do some good.”

The aid falls under Brickfields Asia College’s Make It Right Movement, which initially showcased back in December. Perera was emcee for that event that saw 25 local acts perform for 13 hours at Hard Rock Cafe Kuala Lumpur.