Category: Comedy

Jakarta’s First Comedy Club Celebrates 17 Years

April 21st, 2018 will mark 17 years of live international standup comedy in Jakarta. To celebrate, there will be an anniversary party at the American Club featuring top...

England’s Got Talent Too

While my friend Sean and I were touring northern France and Belgium in my Datsun 260Z, we found ourselves, for no particular reason, in the Belgian city of Ghent. I...

The Games Children Play

I used to be a kindergarten teacher. Not on purpose of course. I graduated university with a degree in community studies. I had no idea what “community studies”...

Maid in Indonesia

One giant sweep for mankind… Maids, domestic helpers or pembantu as they are known in Indonesian can hold their mops proudly aloft with their illustrious forebears,...

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Government Puts a Bounty on Local Rat Heads

In what might closely resemble a future dystopia in the capital, Jakarta provincial government has asked locals to kill rats for a financial reward. It says, “Just...

Famous Party Beggar Benjamin Holst Bagged in Surabaya

Famous Beggar Benjamin Holst Arrested in Surabaya

World renowned beggar Benjamin Holst is a folk hero with an abnormally large leg. He has been able to travel the world and party with cash made by panhandling, but...

Almost the Last Laugh

Three British expats share a near-death experience on a trip to Kuala Lumpur… A few years ago I was hosting comedy shows in Kuala Lumpur with superb British...

Health and Safety Indonesian-Style

A few years ago my father told me that he would like to come and visit me in Jakarta. Wonderful, I thought, he had never been to Jakarta before, or even Asia, so this...

Coincidental Christmas

  As I write this I am sitting on a Cebu Pacific flight back from Manila, Philippines, having just attended my first Christmas celebration of 2015. It actually...

Marching Orders

An army marches on its stomach and so does an English teacher, as Daniel Pope found out. Despite my earning a living from editing, writing and teaching English, I do not...

He Who Laughs Last

In the winter of 1990, I was working in real estate in London with my business partner, Steve Collins. One of our clients, a wealthy Indian named Jamal, entrusted us...

App Fap: App-Based Transport Solutions

New application-based transportation solutions are taking Indonesia’s jammed boulevards by storm. Last time out, I gnashed my teeth at the city’s various...

Filling the Grill

In the early ‘90s, I was working in sales and marketing at the Sari Pan Pacific Hotel in Jakarta. Our fine dining room was called the Jayakarta Grill and for many...

A World of Tradition

I love traditions. Family traditions, national traditions, anything that is traditional in the true sense of the word. I guess it’s because they give me a sense of...