About a few weeks ago I posted a poll on Facebook regarding who’s your favorite stand-up comedian of all time should be. It just struck me that other than the regular people I hang out with, which happens to be the people I’ve been hanging out with for the last 12 years or so, I don’t have a single clue on how other people view stand-up comedy.
This post is actually only valid for Indonesians because I wanna know how Indonesians or at least the Jakarta people value stand-up comedy, which, to me is the highest form of comedy skill.
In a nutshell, stand-up uses a punchline and sketch comedy uses impersonations. One other thing is prop-comedies (through the use of properties).I did some research and it further strengthens my opinion on why stand-up comedy is the highest form of comedy skill.
First of all, stand-up comedy is way different than telling a joke. That part, we have as humans. But a stand-up comedy encompasses a wider range of comedy but it’s also the most raw of form. Although many stand-up comedians nowadays also use body movements, gestures, etc to describe their jokes, they’re still considered stand-ups rather than sketch comedians.
But what I wanna highlight is how does Indonesian people value stand-up comedy?
We’ve seen it, the comedy shows being aired in TV on any regular day. Everything is still slapstick. It’s like watching a really lousy remake of Buster Keaton’s movies or even the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Slapstick has reached it’s peak, only a handful of geniuses are able to expand it even further (i.e. Rowan Atkinson), but even they are becoming boring by the minute.
That is why I need your comment on this topic. How well do you know stand-up/sketch/props comedy? And if you do know AND value the genre, what do you think about the future of stand-up comedy in Indonesia?
Why I ask you this is because I think Indonesia is loosing some of the best comedies the world can offer. Okay, I do have to admit that we’re not the only country that doesn’t have that stand-up comedy culture. British stand-up comedian Eddie Izzard said in one of his stand-up comedies that France also doesn’t have a stand-up comedy culture. He did a gig at Paris and nobody understood the jokes or even the punchline.
All in all, need your comments on this one.