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Mesakke Bangsaku

I’m not sure how to translate the title. The first word of it is in Javanese, while the second one is in Indonesian language (bahasa Indonesia). Together, it means something like “Oh, my poor nation”.

“Mesakke Bangsaku” is the third stand-up comedy special by Pandji Pragiwaksono, after “Bhinneka Tunggal Tawa” (2011) and “Merdeka dalam Bercanda” (2012).

This time, I watched the show with my youngest sister. Like the other shows by Pandji, the challenge began at the time we have to buy the tickets. It’s almost like a race, if you’re not fast enough you might wouldn’t get the ticket you want. It would be safe if we click (since it was sold online) at the exact minute the ticket start to be sold. So that’s what we did, and just a few hours later, the tickets we want (the cheapest one :p) were sold out.

The next challenge is how to get to the location of the show (which is about 12-15 miles from our house) the cheapest, fastest, most convenient way possible. Hahaha. It might not a challenge at all for most people. It just that it’s our first time going there by public transportation and it just sounds more fun to call it a challenge :p

Anywaay.. The day finally came. Desember 21, 2013. We got there at around 5 pm to exchange the online tickets with the real one (the trip was great by the way :D). The show was going to start at 8 pm. While waiting, we’re doing this:

I actually experienced some things for the first time that day. After the first time trip to that area with those particular buses, I finally get to try this food called Kerak Telor (I quite like it, but it’s not really my favorite). It’s our first time to go to that part of Taman Ismail Marzuki and watch a show in Teater Jakarta. 😀

So, the show began. Right on 8 pm, opened by Arief Didu (he’s one funny guy! :))). He might only performed for about 20 minutes and used around 10% of the stage (which he used as part of his bit) but he almost drained the audience out laughter. If Pandji was about to talk about how “mesakke” our nation is, then Arief was talking about him as the most “mesakke” comic (and that’s why he was choosen to be the opener that night). Lol.

Apparently, we had more stock of laughter than we thought or maybe we were just keep producing them again and again, because laughter was all over Teater Jakarta that night, until the very show ended.

Teater Jakarta
The stage view of the location, where around 1200 audience sat and watched the show (and the price of the ticket for each stage :p)

That was my sister’s first time and my second time watching live performance of stand-up comedy special, both by Pandji. I personally feel that there were some improvements than the first one I watched. The material, the way Pandji brought the whole set. As before, I learned somethings from that night show. About Indonesia, about us as a nation and about myself.

The funny thing is, listened about how “mesakke” our country is, made me love it even more. I think that just what comes out from the ability to laugh ourselves. Not to hate ourselves or deny our own flaws, but to accept everything and learn to love ourselves as what we are, while trying to be our better selves.

With Arief Didu
With the headliner of the show: Pandji Pragiwaksono

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Stand-Up Comedy Indonesia

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.

SUCI was broadcasted from September-December 2011. Ryan Adriandhy, Insan Nur Akbar, and Ernest Prakasa were the three finalists.  The competition were finally won by Ryan.

The host of SUCI season 1


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.

The Finalist of SUCI 1

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! :)

Left: Me, Ernest Prakasa, and my sister; Right: With Ge Pamungkas

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. 😉


I don’t even know where to start.  Yesterday was super cool.

I’m talking about this show called INDONESIA:. Yes, the colon symbol behind the word is part of the name.

You know how colon  is usually followed by an explanation or description of the word or sentence before it? This one is meant to be use that way too. But instead to be explained by words, it described by a show.

The show consists of two parts: Hip-Hop Music Concert and Stand-Up Comedy. Each part is trying to tell what Indonesia is all about in the eyes of Pandji Pragiwaksono, the man behind the show.

The show was started at 3.00 pm with the hip-hop concert. It’s actually a concert of Pandji’s fourth album, “32”. And it was amazing.

The main concept of  “32” is about the 32 years of Soeharto regime in Indonesia, that is a big part of the history of Indonesia and has a major impact on how Indonesia is right now. The album is also tell parts of the 32 years of Pandji’s life, and how the regime affected his life as an Indonesian in particular.

I don’t know much about Pandji’s music until he freely shared most songs in his last two albums to be downloaded on the internet. I downloaded them all and I like it! I can feel the spirit of the songs. His love for Indonesia, for his family, for the music itself. And this spirit was overflowing in the concert yesterday.

Some people said that nationalism is just a thing that he brought up to make himself popular. That there is something behind all this love he shows and promotes about Indonesia. But saw him in his concert yesterday… I mean who can fake those kind of love. Those kind of passions. Even if he did has any kind of insincerity  in it or just doing it for money then who cares? I still got all the spirit and inspiration from it anyway. And you know what, I’m willing to pay for it. For all those great things he creates, I think he deserves it.

Back to the show. Like I said earlier, the concert was amazing. It creates this fire inside you. To be a better person, to understand more about Indonesia, to think about what actually happens around the country, to contribute more, to actually care, to know your priorities, to fight for your dreams,  to create change more than just demand it.  I sang, moving my hands together with other audience. We’re having fun! That’s for sure. And we definitely got something from it.

Besides Pandji and his awesome band, there’s a bunch of guest stars (featuring), such as: Endrumarch (as the opener), Saykoji, Tompi, Ikang Fauzi, Glenn Fredly, Ge Pamungkas a.k.a Eninem, Angga Puradiredja (Maliq & D’Essentials), Davina Raja (theExtralarge), etc.

The concert ended at 5.30 pm, left this girl with more love and optimism for Indonesia, and a little crush on hip-hop. I believe I’m not the only one. :)

The second part of the show started at 8.00 pm. It’s laughing time! I did laugh a lot. Me and the rest of the audience that is. 😀

The stand-up was part of pandji’s “Merdeka dalam Bercanda Comedy Tour”. Jakarta is the last city of the tour, so last night the tour was officialy ended.

I don’t have too much to say on the stand-up.  It was hilarious. I do wish it talked more about Indonesia though. And I sure wish we got a better sit in the front row. But other than that, I enjoyed it so much. Including the opening stand-up by Adriano Qalbi (whose  actually talk more about Indonesia than Pandji). A nice appetizer before the main show.

Stand-up comedy by Pandji

Another special thing from this show is that it was held at Museum Nasional also known as Museum Gajah, the place that has a broad collections covering all of Indonesia’s territory and almost all of its history. And we got to have a tour around the museum right between two parts of the show. How cool is that? Too bad there’s no enough time to explore the whole place, but I believe it triggered some interest to visit the museum again some other time.

There are also some cool merchandise of INDONESIA: and else (related with Pandji’s piece of work) being sold at the location. Pins, T-shirts, hats, hoodies, and of course pandji’s albums and books, including his latest book “Berani Mengubah” that  was also launched that day. I bought a cool pin and a red hoodie both  with the word INDONESIA: printed on it. I also bought the book.

The show was over at 10.00 pm. After all that energy consuming show, Pandji still gave us a chance to get autographs and take a picture with him.

The show is totally worth every single rupiahs I spent on it. All I can say now is thank you, Pandji. Thank you for all those time and energy you dedicate for Indonesia. Thank you for the awesome show. Thank you for the inspirational work you’ve done. Looking forward for the next thing you’ll do. Looking forward for the next thing I’ll do. Thank you. :)

Up: Me, Pandji, and my sister; Down: The merchandise I bought