REXKL SESSIONS #2: Comic Relievin’ with PAPI & GRUMPY

Elly Zulaikha
July 8, 2020
3 minutes
Kavin Jay is one of South East Asia's most sought-after comedians; an integral part of the comedy revolution in Malaysia, he's a rapid-fire, grumpy, joke-telling machine.
Papi Zak has firmly established himself as one of the golden boys on the Malaysian comedy circuit and he just so happens to be the “biggest” Malaysia has to offer.

After some good laugh-out-loud sessions, we sat down with Papi & Grumpy for a quick chat to catch a glimpse of their thoughts on the Malaysian comedy scene and their aspirations.

Question #1 - Papi & Grumpy:

How are you guys holding up throughout quarantine?

KJ (Grumpy): It's been ok, but I've been a bit bored. I miss the stage. I'm like an adrenaline junkie that’s getting withdrawal symptoms 

Papi: I’m soooo bored… Haha just kidding, I’ve never felt more relaxed during the quarantine…  I mean I’m able to finish playing my PS4 games, laundry is scarce, I eat when I’m hungry and the best thing is I walk around in my underwear.

Question #2 - Papi & Grumpy:

As comedians, what's the best thing about your job that not many people know?

KJ (Grumpy): We get free tickets to all comedy shows and most other shows as well. That's 90% of the reason I am doing comedy.

Papi: For every comedian it’s different, but for me is the gratitude that I get from the audience after the show, it’s really surprising how a stranger can come up to you and just say they had the worse day of their lives but my stand up made them forget about their troubles and the simple fact that I made them laugh that day.

Question #3 - Papi & Grumpy:

On a scale of 1-10, how hard is impromptu comedy/stand-up comedy in general for you guys?

KJ (Grumpy): It depends on who you're improvising with, if the other person gels with you then it becomes very easy, but if they don't, then it becomes almost impossible. With Zak, it's a 2.

Papi: It’s very hard… 12 maybe. Like any set of skills, you have to be constantly working at it. You have to stay sharp, you have to be witty all the time. Making people laugh with stand up is easier when you’ve had a chance to test the material a few times, but improv is 1 chance 1 take to make or break.

Question #4 - Papi & Grumpy:

Any words/advice you want to tell to the audience?

KJ (Grumpy): Never drink the water in Pakistan. Always drink bottled water or you'll get diarrhoea.

Papi: Yeah don’t show up drunk. Don’t come to the show all serious, and close-minded. And I know you paid to come see the show, but it’s all about being in the moment, enjoy everything about stand up.

Question #5 - Grumpy:

What's your inspiration behind choosing your stage name as Grumpy?

It's funny because I never chose that name. I'm very irritable on stage and sound very grouchy, so I was dubbed as a grumpy comedian once, and that is what is saved on Papi’s phone as my number.

Question #6 - Grumpy: 

What's your favourite quote of all time?

“God gave men a brain and a penis, but only enough blood to run one at a time” ~ Robin Williams

Question #7 - Papi:

How has the Malaysian comedy scene changed over the last decade?

I’d say Malaysian stand-up scene has changed drastically, from struggling to find performance space and performing during Happy Hours at the neighbourhood bars, to having 2 full-time comedy clubs that everyone can choose from. To how comedians have grown from doing hacky jokes copied from Eddie Murphy to developing their own styles. It’s amazing how stand-up comedy In Malaysia has progressed. Yes, we’re still growing, and honestly, with more opportunities given, we can make waves in the region.

Question #8 - Papi:

What's something that will always be funny to you?

Ohhh animal videos which highlight them falling or being clumsy. And in general, all those fail videos of Americans doing ONLY IN AMERICA things. Haha… oh, America…

If you miss a good laugh once in a while, you can watch Papi & Grumpy only on AirAsia REDTIX 9th July 2020! 


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