Friday January 9, 2009
Monti and Logi back in Malaysia Kini 2
By N. RAMA LOHAN
Political satirists Monti and Logi will not re-invent the wheel in Malaysia Kini 2, but once again, tickle the funny bone of the nation.
For every Laurel, there is a Hardy, and for every Abbott, there is a Costello. And even if The Three Stooges didn’t get it altogether right, Monti and Logi are completely aware of the duo plot and boldly continue their foray into the universe of laughter.
The Actors Studio stalwarts hit the stage for the last time at this classic venue before it makes way for development. If all and sundry were targeted for merciless ridiculing in MK1 (Malaysia Kini 1), the leftovers have all been shot stone cold in the sequel, MK2 (Malaysia Kini 2).
Monti willingly explains the new and improved elements of this latest comedic crusade: “In a way it’s going to be similar in that it’s still the things we do. This one is going to be more hard-hitting, though. We have made things a bit more seamless and the songs have been shortened to punchier, snappier structures. Let’s just say it’s going to be more audience-friendly.”
Debuting on MK2 are two gurus, who logicise the state of the nation ... as they chant!
Of course, the nation’s former Works Minister is fondly remembered too. “It’s about people formerly in power, in videos, up-and-coming leaders and two former DPM’s,” says forty-something Monti, providing the nuts and bolts of the production without mentioning names.
What makes politicians such easy targets for derision? Is it because they are viewed as the scourge of society?
“A lot of people are frustrated because they are not getting what they want from politicians in a specified time frame.”
The comedy duo are part-time funnymen. Monti is a training consultant and director of a healthcare organisation by day, while his buddy Logi works as a corporate keynote speaker and finance training consultant.
They have steadily made a name for themselves in the local comedy circuit with a colloquial brand of wit over the last half decade or so. Many of the pieces are set in Bolehland (Malaysia, as we know it).
In MK2, Bolehland is being gripped by nonsensism, a culture of inexplicable stupidity.
“What’s happening in the country is not exactly nonsense. You see, politicians recognise the problems but they have no solutions, and in attempting to look like they do, they end up saying silly things,” Monti shares before offering the truth behind this malaise; “Malaysia never seems to be able to choose the right person for the right job.”
If this isn’t already common knowledge, Bolehland is the land of perpetual tea breaks. Pop into a government department (and for the longest time, private sector, as well) and you’ll quickly learn that there’s a tea break between breakfast and lunch, one after lunch (the real one), one close to dinner time and one at supper.
“Nobody really does any work la. The word out on the street is; ‘Drink coffee, tell story and make money’. Seriously though, these are the places where you get to know people and build relationships,” Monti explains. “My life is a perpetual tea break,” he concludes.
MK2 runs from now till Jan 18 at The Actors Studio, Bangsar Shopping Centre. Showtime is 8.30pm, except on Sundays when there will be a matinee show at 3.30pm. Tickets are priced at RM 67, RM57, RM47 for regular patrons and RM52, RM42 and RM32 for students and senior citizens. Buy four tickets and get one free. For bookings, call 03-20940400.