Caught actor/comedian/playwright Jit Murad's latest show Full of Jit last night at Actor's Studio, BSC. (Thanks for your company, Chet!) Full house. Audience 100% on Jit's side even before he opened his mouth (with receding gums ... sorry one of the jokes).
For me whether I encounter Jit on stage or hanging out in Bangsar, there's a big grin of delight on my face the whole time. He's such a nice guy ... one of the rare people who give me the warm fuzzies of the heart. I suspect that he touches others that way.
It's cathartic to come together and laugh about all those things about the country that would otherwise make you cry. The audience were hungry for someone to articulate the sillinesses of here. Jit's references were very topical - and he even included a joke or two about "the bloggers"!
I loved the way Jit could slip into those other characters, Renee Choy talked about his days as a shampoo boy and how he helped the bosses' daughter the supermodel with artificial insemination (don't ask!), but I liked best his elderly Malay gentleman, mispronouncing his words hilariously, and talking about corruption.
There was a change of pace in the second half when Jit performed the memoir piece he had previously read in an early draft at "Readings". I love this material, it's honest, moving and funny (although not in the laugh-out-hilarious way of the rest of the show) and hope that it gets developed even further - into a full-length performance or a book ... or both.
If you need another dose of Jit there's this piece from the Sunday Times and an interview with him on the Star website about his favourite things (including books).
(Photo at top nicked from NST)