Indonesia’s stand-up comedy industry reached a new milestone in 2023 as a delegation of local comedians led by veteran comic Mo Sidik represented Indonesia at the world-famous Edinburgh Fringe Festival. This momentous achievement served as the international launch of Indonesia’s forthcoming IndoFringe Festival of Performing Arts, scheduled for November 2023, which will put a spotlight
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Danny O’Brien, one of Ireland’s biggest and brightest stand-up comedy stars, visited Jakarta in May, performing in front of sold-out audiences at the American Club (17 May), Molly Malone’s Senayan (18 May), and the Grand Kemang Hotel (23 May). The shows were organised and produced by Mad About Comedy, one of Asia’s leading comedy promoters.
Last month Mad About Comedy celebrated 18 years of promoting international stand-up comedy in Indonesia. Four top international comedian, Alistair Barrie (UK), Michael Harrison (Canada), Melanie Maras (US) and Indonesia’s own Mo Sidik appeared at Mad About Comedy 18th Anniversary event on 26 April. Photo courtesy of Mad About Comedy Jakarta/NOW!JAKARTA The occasion was marked
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