MACC Man Heads to Comedy Contest
Jason Leong, newcomer stand-up artist and a member of the Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians (MACC) is competing for a spot in the finals of the Funniest person in the world competition.
The local comic is up against other top comedians in the running for a spot in the finals, if he wins, he will be flown to Helsinki, Finland to represent Malaysia on one of the biggest comedic platforms in the world.
“I want to bring glory to Malaysia like how our Olympic and Paralympic athletes did. All these things matter so much to me. For me, it will be a way to give back to a country which has given me so much.”
Jason is also a certified doctor who was educated in the University College Dublin.
The medical officer cum funnyman abandoned his job at the Selayang Hospital to pursue his passion of being a full-time comic.
“From the moment I wake up until the moment I sleep, everything that happens in between are things I want to do, not because my boss tells me to.”
Jason says of his decision to leave the medical profession after years of practice.
Jason has never shied away from political incorrectness, delivering racially and politically laced punchlines in most of his shows.
“Stand-up comedy is an art form that holds a mirror to society. And unfortunately, nowadays, our politics, our politicians, and our political parties are a bit of a joke themselves.”
Since resigning from his profession in the medical industry, Jason has been working as a full-time comedian, starring in corporate videos while also honing his craft by performing every week in various comedy clubs.
In 2014, he became the first Malaysian comedian ever to perform a professional set at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood, USA, the birthplace of world famous headliners such as Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Eddie Murphy and other established names in the comedic industry.