Sunday, May 4, 2014

Crackhouse Comedy Club @ TTDI Taman Tun Dr Ismail

Malaysia's first stand-up comedy club is ready to tickle ribs & split sides; this is one of KL's most magnetic new venues, charged with an anything-can-happen electricity that crackles through a cobbled-together setting & rambunctious wisecracks.

The club's opening week attracted capacity crowds for a multinational parade of funny-men from Malaysia, India, Australia & the United States. The laughter was loud & constant, thanks to a hide-the-children hodgepodge of trusty, testosterone-fuelled jokes about Singaporeans, sex, politics, religion, race, cross-cultural confusion, booze & drugs.

Here's one video clip to paint a picture of the atmosphere here, with the spotlight on Jonathan Atherton, who co-founded this club with fellow comedian Rizal van Geyzel & Shankar Santhiram.

One more, a bit out of context: Butch Bradley, headliner for the two-hour-plus shows. The club is now taking a week-long break to assess its four-night opening run, but it'll be back in action by mid-May. See facebook.com/crackhousecomedy for updates.

Since this is an F&B review site, attention must be paid to the cupcakes (RM5), the only food available so far. Folks can expect the club to eventually serve 'jaffles,' the heartier Australian version of toasties.

Argentinian wine is sold for RM15 per serving; the prices match the portions.

Absolut Vodka (with a request for orange juice) & Johnny Walker Black Label (with Coke), both also RM15 each.

 The club is on the first floor of a TTDI shop row, above Deutsches Gasthaus; take the stairs up & push past this door.

Neighbourhood street artists helped to create the scene-stealing graffiti-style murals here (complete with the pesky white rabbit that seems to be leaping into black holes all across Taman Tun) ... 

 ... while appreciative audiences assisted in making Crackhouse's launch a riotous triumph. Any place that sends its visitors out smiling (for a reasonable entry fee of RM35) deserves a mighty round of applause.

Crackhouse Comedy Club
1st Floor, 24, Lorong Rahim Kajai 14, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur

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20 comments:

  1. Comedy club, wow, cool!
    At first, I thought it's another cafe, lol. :P

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    1. CK: heheh, luckily still got food & booze here for us to photograph and write about :D but ya, this is a fun place :)

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  2. I didn't see the outdoor sign when I was there on Thursday evening.. So took awhile to find the place as it was rapidly getting dark -_-' Had dinner at Mukha behind before going over, and even then I only had the premium TTDI tap water, haha.

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    1. SC: heheh, my pet peeve about this street is the scarcity of parking now in the evenings :) and we were torn about where to have dinner before the show :D

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    2. I think the (at least) three pubs in the area is why it's there lah :P

      Yah, definitely one too many meal options there (which is not a bad problem to have, but still..)

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    3. SC: yeah, i wonder if Deutsches Gasthaus will begin to enjoy brisker business on nights when the club is operating. was tempted to have a porky dinner, but didn't want to get too stuffed before the show :)

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  3. Nice concept, and yea, reasonable entry fee too

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    1. Ken: ya, not a bad way to spend an evening :)

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  4. Very cool! The cupcakes look amazing!

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    1. Linda: yeah, we almost bought a cupcake, but then we realised we weren't really in the mood for cupcakes. maybe if they had been brownies, hmmmm... :)

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  5. Stand-up comedy!!! I want!!!!!

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    1. Suituapui: yay for the enthusiasm! :)

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  6. Ha, ha. I don't think I'll be running over there for the food, but I'd definitely enjoy a visit for a good laugh. ;-)

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    1. The Yum List: yeah, i'd like to have some jaffles maybe ... but the chuckles would be enough :)

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  7. No parking problms for me! Hhehehe! Will keep my eyes on their Fb for the next show :)

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    1. Rebecca: haha, maybe will catch you there sometime, when we're both in need of a hearty laugh! :)

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  8. Ah yes, we certainly need more laughs around here ;-) Look forward to catching their next show. Don't think I'll be buying their wines though :-P

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    1. Pureglutton: oh yeah, come here for the giggles ... and a bit of wine helps to loosen us up, i guess :)

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  9. A great review of the Crackhouse Comedy Club. The stand-up comedians are really in need of more and more people to support their shows! Perhaps, not only at the Crackhouse, but also those on going shows in PJLA Carbaret too :D

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    1. Amuko: thanks ... And also for the reminder of all the other good work being done at other performance venues too :)

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