Stand-up comedy is something that we can say pretty new in Indonesia. There were not so many people know or even heard about it and even if there were some people that might do stand-up here, it remain below the surface. Not until the end of 2011 it became popular in the country.
Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia (SUCI), the first television program about stand-up comedy in Indonesia, was also the first trigger that made people aware about this “new style” of comedy and start talking about it. Taking the form of reality show to find a talented stand-up comedian (comic) -like American Idol for comics, SUCI manage to create an enthusiasm among Indonesian people. Those who already into stand-up comedy or interested to be a comic to those who never really heard about it before but were willing to join the competition or just simply interested to find out what’s this all about.
It didn’t end there though. As I said earlier, SUCI was the trigger. SUCI put together some people from some different cities in Indonesia with the same interest of stand-up comedy. It then followed by the idea to form some kind of place to share that interest with more people that also into stand-up comedy, a place where they can learn and support each other. So then a community named Standup Comedy Indonesia (@StandUpIndo) was born. The two finalists of SUCI, Ernest and Ryan, together with Pandji Pragiwaksono, Raditya Dika, and Isman H. Suryaman are the name behind the community. With more and more people interested in this style of comedy, more communities of stand-up comedy from many cities and universities around Indonesia were also being formed.
I got to say that I also a bit carried away by the hype. It’s not that I want to be a comic, joining the community and all that, but it does get pretty much of my attention. I like the concept of stand-up comedy. How you can talk about everything from daily life to politics and religion without being to serious. How you can learn to laugh yourself or the condition around you but at the same time make you think about it. Make you pay more attention on things you usually forget or try to ignore. Make you realize some things you don’t before, seeing things from other point of view, found similarities among differences, and make peace with anything that previously makes you afraid or bothering you.
I like that. And I like that I get to laugh while getting all that.
So far, I’ve only watched two stand-up comedy show directly-not trough some media like tv, dvd, or youtube- and enjoyed both of them so much. They are Pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”, which is part of his cool show INDONESIA: and a stand-up by Ernest on the launching of his book+DVD, “Dari Merem ke Melek” (the DVD is the recording of his Merem Melek Comedy Tour finale).
I went to the launching because apparently I’m one of the first 100 people who pre-ordered the book+DVD package. I never intended to get the invitation, but I absolutely don’t mind to get one! ;D
I even allowed to take some friends. So I went with my youngest sister (she’s the only one available at that time). We watch the DVD together with other guests, having a free pizza and sodas, watch Ernest doing stand-up, and of course having his signature on the book and taking a picture with Ernest and Ge Pamungkas, the winner of SUCI season 2 who become the host that day (too bad we missed Ge’s stand-up). We’re having so much fun!
SUCI is going to start its third season now. They already doing the audition. Let’s hope that it will found some great comics that together with other Indonesian comics will make stand-up even better and do their part in making Indonesia a better nation. While making lots of laugh. 😉