Bring the funny: Review

Saturday night was when a one of a kind event happened! The funny was brought up front and center, right on the stage of PACC. Sami shah, in his second stand up performance, once again rocked the crowd and brought us all down to our knees laughing!

sami_shah_bring_the_funny.jpgIf you know sami shah, you know he’s going to be very predictable.. he’s going to rant, and being a geek, he’s going to rant in a superhero style! (Thank god his undies were the right side up though!) The show started, albeit half an hour late, with a jab at the advertising agencies of Pakistan, who’ve made us think that if we are fair, good things will happen to us. This continue, with various brands being taken down a peg or two, starting with fair and lovely and ending up with state life insurace’s beema policy! 10 minutes into the act, the guy had the audience in stiches!

His next pieces concerned the kind of people who work in banks, the job hunt and the kind of people who seem to have the same career aspirations as him and keep following him from place to place. How he knows that? Cuz they do the same thing, no matter which office he’s in. Up next was karachi’s dug up situation and the crazy 7 hour traffic jams we had whenever our dear ol’ president and the prime minister went to town. The performance ended on how the comic book world was slowly becoming so real, when our real life ‘heros’ (the general obviously) act like batman! mild mannered president by day… and The General during times of trouble!

All in all, it was definitely a performance not to be missed. A bit overpriced, at 400 a pop, but still very much worth every penny, as the over-filled auditorium of PACC would give testament to.

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17 Comments so far

  1. abroad (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 12:13 am

    Hope there will be an encore in Dec. when all us expats are in town for Christmas/Eid holidays!


  2. llama (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 2:02 am

    Rs. 400 is a little too steep don’t you think?


  3. A for [pine]apple (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 3:33 am

    Interesting … I wonder if he’s coming down to Islamabad any time soon?


  4. nuzhat (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 7:06 am

    I enjoy his performances. I wish there was someone for the non-elite section of the city as well.


  5. nuzhat (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 7:07 am

    I enjoy his performances. I wish there was someone for the non-elite section of the city as well.


  6. Sami Shah (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 10:56 am

    Thanks for the kind words Mansoor.

    Just wanted to explain the reasoning behind my ticket pricing:

    I cover all costs of the show myself. From my pocket. That’s over 20 grand for the auditorium, another 10 to 12 for tickets and posters and I even pay my friends who handle the door and ticketing.

    I also do it all without corporate sponsorship. Previously, unless I had an audience attendance of over 350 people, I couldn’t cover costs. That was when tix were Rs. 200. And I don’t like making audiences sit on the floor. It’s not fair for people who paid full price.

    This time a dew people were still floor seated, but by choice. They wanted to attend even though the auditorium was full and they were told that was the only place they could be accomodated.

    I managed to cover costs with the new pricing and even have enough money to pay for the costs for a next show in december.

    This way I can remain sponsorship free, independent. In the meantime every crap band out there has logos plastered all over an ugly backdrop and charges 500 bucks to do covers of U2 songs. So you tell me what’s a good deal?


  7. Obi Wan Kenobi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 11:54 am

    Sami, I need a free ride to your show in Decmeber as you said you have already covered the cost for that. If you agree then I will get you a free copy of Leopard :-)


  8. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 12:15 pm


    I also do it all without corporate sponsorship.

    you didn’t tell why?- were corporates guys not able to grasp what were you trying to do or it’s just you don’t want any 3rd party involvement.

    You should have either come up with some fiction like Shoaib Mansoor’s movie or *Bring Some Chick* so that it could create some interest among corp guys. ;)


  9. Sami Shah (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 1:24 pm

    Heh. The reason I don’t allow corporate sponsorship is simple. I hate brand logos.

    Companies try to brand everything and they do it badly. No understanding of subtlety.

    Plus, I just feel it kinda cheapens the credibility.

    I don’t do this for the money. I do it because I enjoy it and I think other people might enjoy it too. To that end, I want to keep it as clean of interference and outside involvement as possible.

    Plus really, do you consider me a credible source for endorsing some product? I might get Mobilink because of Strings, but no one will start using Dentonic because I said so.


  10. Adnan Siddiqi (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 2:19 pm

    I hate brand logos.

    and I hope they were not forcing you to stick their logos and messages on your Chaddi(Knicker) and Shirt that you felt so awkward? :-)

    Bhai this is a corporate world. In today’s world even graves are advertised. Didn’t you read year back in paper that an online graveyard has been introduced? you can just book your grave by purchasing online via Credit Card? That’s other thing if one dies before giving CC bill- ehhe

    Companies try to brand everything and they do it badly. No understanding of subtlety.

    *nods*- Imagine a two minute trailor of *Sabz Sitara* before your show in which Mrs(or Miss) Odho says,”Bachay do he achay”. Imagine if some audience take it seriously then there are chances that number of people who visit your program would drop by x% of amount. You can ask KISAN YOORIYA Guys to help you out.

    *irrelevant part of comment moderated*


  11. ShahidnUSA (unregistered) on October 31st, 2007 @ 5:37 pm

    Love commedy shows! It helps people take their minds off of stress in their daily lives.

    @ Adnan “bring some chic” did you really say that?
    a lady commedian would be great as an opening.

    They can call it “beauty and the geek” :)


  12. kiran ali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 1:33 pm

    On saturday i tuned onto the Fm and it was Sami Shah being interviewed….normally i switch the station if there’s too much talking to listen to some music but i liked listening to Sami and his good/not so good endeavors in islamabad and lahore. It really is a tough job and hats off to Sami and saad in trying to liven up this genre of non existent comedy in Pakistan. Mansoor please post the next standup show well before time so that some of us unaware people get the previledge of attending one of Sami’s shows.


  13. kiran ali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 1:35 pm

    On saturday i tuned onto the Fm and it was Sami Shah being interviewed….normally i switch the station if there’s too much talking to listen to some music but i liked listening to Sami and his good/not so good endeavors in islamabad and lahore. It really is a tough job and hats off to Sami and saad in trying to liven up this genre of non existent comedy in Pakistan. Mansoor please post the next standup show well before time so that some of us unaware people get the previledge of attending one of Sami’s shows.


  14. kiran ali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 1:36 pm

    On saturday i tuned onto the Fm and it was Sami Shah being interviewed….normally i switch the station if there’s too much talking to listen to some music but i liked listening to Sami and his good/not so good endeavors in islamabad and lahore. It really is a tough job and hats off to Sami and saad in trying to liven up this genre of non existent comedy in Pakistan. Mansoor please post the next standup show well before time so that some of us unaware people get the previledge of attending one of Sami’s shows.


  15. kiran ali (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 1:42 pm

    Sheesh sorry folks, didnt want to irritate everyone with repeated msgs but the server seemed to be down…by next comment is regarding Sami’s line

    “I managed to cover costs with the new pricing and even have enough money to pay for the costs for a next show in december.”

    Does that mean Sami u won’t charge us this much for your show in December since u have enough money for it :-)))


  16. Nargis Khurram (unregistered) on November 1st, 2007 @ 5:00 pm

    Was there! laughed my head off…. it was great…


  17. batty (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 1:59 am

    hey mansoor..AWESOME review…
    and yes, it was a fabulous show…
    and nargis, ur right, it was amazing, we were sitting together.. :)



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