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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.

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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.

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With Arief Didu
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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. 😉