Friday March 8, 2013
Laugh till you drop in Lawak Ke Der 2
By AZHARIAH KAMIN
Watching a stand-up comedy on the big screen may be serious business.
IMAGINE this: Laughing for a total of 104 minutes, making your jaw stiff, if not hurt. That’s what the movie Lawak Ke Der 2 promises fans as it opens in cinemas nationwide this week.
For the uninitiated, Lawak Ke Der was initially a stand-up comedy and sketch show by six of the country’s top comedians – Harith Iskander, Nabil Ahmad, Jozan (the duo made up of Johan and Zizan) and Boboi (Afdlin Shauki and Harun Salim Bachik). The idea for the movie came about after the show ran for two sold-out seasons at Kuala Lumpur’s Istana Budaya.
“After the sold out performances of Lawak Ker Der 1, I started playing with the idea of filming Lawak Ke Der 2. But I didn’t tell the comedians about the idea until we were just about to stage Lawak Ke Der 2. I’m glad that they are fully behind me with this, though. In fact they are all associate producers of this movie,” said Hans Isaac, the movie’s director and producer.
“I thought that since we had about 30,000 fans turning up for the two seasons of Lawak Ke Der, and the shows received really good feedback, why don’t I bring it to those who live outside of KL so they’ll get to experience the entertainment?”
If the continuous laughter echoed in all its recent press previews was anything to go by, Lawak Ke Der 2 definitely will tickle your funny bone. But despite the promising start, Hans admitted that he was still anxious to see how fans will react to the movie.
“I’m a bit nervous to see how Malaysians will respond to lawak Ke Der 2 in cinemas. As we are treading into new waters here, everything is up in the air,” he said.
Hans, 42, added that the movie aims to help bring stand-up comedy to cinemas, as well as to encourage people to head over to Istana Budaya to watch more shows.
“To be honest, it was really difficult to edit the sketches into a film as a normal comedy movie will always have a storyline. So, what we did was edit the sketches but at the same time ensuring that the storyline flowed continuously in between the sets. We had four sets and we eventually compressed a total of 150 minutes of running time to 104 minutes,” Hans explained.
He noted that editing was really tough because they couldn’t decide which sketches would be cut. “I didn’t get enough sleep for two months as we were struggling with the editing process!”
Perhaps what also contributed (a little) to his lack of sleep was the fact that local cinemas were initially a bit reluctant to accept this new idea of bringing stand-up comedy to the big screen.
“This idea is very new in our industry. All movies screened in cinemas have storylines while Lawak Ke Der 2 is a combination of stand-up comedy acts that were previously staged before,” said Hans.
To ensure that the jokes and sketches in the movie are fresh and original, some of the comedians namely Jozan, Boboi and Nabil, were asked not to duplicate or repeat their material while taking part in the recently concluded Maharaja Lawak Mega on Astro.
“I know some may say that those who came for the event at Istana Budaya won’t turn up for the movie. But I’d like to think that it’s the other way round. This movie features the best out of Lawak Ke Der 2 (that was staged at the theatre). And I’m sure there were many fans who couldn’t make it to the show then because the tickets were sold out. So, this is the chance for them to watch it,” explained Hans.
Lawak Ke Der 2 was staged for six nights in February last year and many fans have requested that the production company, Tall Order Productions, re-stage it at Istana Budaya.
“Don’t get me wrong. Lawak Ke Der 2 (the movie) is in the cinemas now not because we want to compete with other movies out there. Instead, we are just giving an alternative of pure entertainment to moviegoers.
“For the 2.4 million viewers who watched Lawak Ke Der 1 on YouTube, here’s the chance for you to watch Lawak Ke Der 2 at a cinema near you. I’m sure it’ll be a much better experience,” Hans said.
Lawak Ke Der 2 the movie is currently screening in cinemas nationwide.