SINGAPORE - Two Singaporean stand-up comics will have it out with two Malaysian counterparts at a beer festival next week.
Sounds like a recipe for drunken bilateral aggression? It is all in good fun, say the people behind the Singapore vs Malaysia Comedy Cup at this year's Beerfest Asia.
The comedy event is the first of its kind at the annual Beerfest at Marina Promenade, which runs from June 12 to 15.
Spread over the duration of the festival, the cross-Causeway humour bust-up is part of a sideshow by The Comedy Club Asia, and will feature Singapore comedians Fakkah Fuzz and Jinx Yeo battling it out with Malaysia's Kavin Jay and Rizal Van Geyzel.
In a telephone interview, the two teams say they will play on Singaporean and Malaysian stereotypes, and make jabs and take potshots at one another.
"We view Singapore as our rich cousin who likes to show off, while Singaporeans see Malaysians as people who only know how to have fun," Kavin, 34, says with a laugh, adding that there will be a lot of pseudo-animosity between the two teams.
Besides the competition element, the four comedians will also share funny anecdotes about themselves.
Kavin, whose full name is Kavin Jayaram, and Van Geyzel are part of Malaysia's three-man comedy act The Goodflers, together with Malaysian comedian Jason Leong.
Fakkah, whose real name is Muhammad Fadzri Abdul Rashid, and Jinx Yeo are part of local three-man comedy act The Sons of Singapore, together with local comedian Rishi Budhrani.
While the two teams will be at one another's throats during the face-off, the four comedians are actually good friends. They work together frequently and stay at one another's houses when they travel across the Causeway to perform.
Chief creative director of Timbre Group and Beerfest Asia 2014, Mr Danny Loong, 42, says: "We were always keen to work on a friendly play-off regarding the neighbourly rivalry between Singapore and Malaysia. It will be a good opportunity for the audience to understand and better appreciate each others' cultures and where we stand on humour."
The comedy scene in Malaysia and Singapore has been growing by leaps and bounds over the years.