Welcome the start of Esquire Neighbourhood 2021, a three-day event of masterclasses, interviews and just touching base—How are you faring fam? Are you okay? Holding up well? It's no secret that the pandemic has a detrimental effect on people's mental state; every time we think we see the light at the end of the tunnel, the goalpost gets shifted. And then, gets shifted again.
We didn't think we'd do another Esquire Neighbourhood this year because of the you-know-what but maybe, this event might be that distraction you need from the burning garbage pile that's the world.
Singapore's most hirsute singer
So, we'll kick off with a song. We roped in Shak’thiya Subramaniamm or Shak, who has sung in 2018’s National Day song and has doubled for a disgruntled Santa; Shak is one of the most down-to-earth musician and we are pretty darn stoked that he came in to do a new song for opening night. Will this song be in his upcoming fabled EP? Who knows? For now, let's revel in the music.
Three comedians walked into a studio…
A stand-up comedy show follows Shak's performance. Hosted by returning comic, Sam See, he is joined by his peers, Qamarul Haziq and Jacky Ng. See is a staple in the comedy scene. Having headlined shows internationally in Melbourne, Hong Kong, UK and others, See was also featured on Comedy Central's The Jim Jefferies Show, after opening for Jefferies during the Singapore leg of his Asian tour. When the pandemic made travel difficult and closed down entertainment centres, See pivoted to hosting on his Twitch channel, where he plays video games and organise game shows (you have to see it, to believe it).
Qamarul has appeared in Comedy Central's Stand Up, Asia and in various live shows. Effortless in his delivery, Qamarul also co-hosts with two other comedians a podcast called, How to Malay, where they explores what the nuances and stereotypes of his race as well as what it's like to be Malay.
If you're a subscriber of SGAG or are a user of the Internet, you'll be familiar with Jacky Ng. Not only is he creating content for the popular local multi-media platform, Ng is putting together the finishing touches of his sophomore comedy album and getting back into improv with local improv troupe, The Latecomers.
Them pesky graphic department may have pulled a fast one on Wayne Cheong but here's a link to more content at Esquire Neighbourhood 2021.