Hit comedy show Lawak Ke Der will be staged in English for the first time.

HANS Isaac is no stranger to taking risks. In fact, a large part of the 42-year-old actor’s career success can be attributed to simply this: Daring to roll the dice.

After 12 years as a fashion model, Isaac took a leap of faith and gave up his modelling career to try his hand at acting. He landed roles in numerous films and television dramas, even bagging the Most Popular Non-Malay Artiste award – twice! – in the Anugerah Bintang Popular Berita Harian. Later, he went behind the scenes and found his footing as a producer and director before finally setting up his very own film, TV and theatre company, Tall Order Productions.

The multi-talented star is rocking the boat once more with the return of popular comedy stage show Lawak Ke Der 3. Staged for the first time in 2011, the comedy show opened to a rousing reception, with tickets selling out within weeks and drawing a record-breaking attendance of 30,000 at the Istana Budaya in Kuala Lumpur.

Hans, who is the creative and managing director of Tall Order Productions, has decided to run one of the six scheduled shows in English for the first time.

Funnyman Kuah Jenhan will be joining Harith and Lim in the English staging of Lawak Ke Der 3.

“It’s quite rare to have a local English live comedy show staged at a 1,400-capacity venue,” Isaac said in a phone interview, referring to the Panggung Sari in Istana Budaya where the show will be staged. “Usually, you’ll see foreign comedy acts booking these large halls, but even so, most will opt for a smaller venue.”

Isaac is confident the English edition of Lawak Ke Der will set itself apart from other English-language comedy shows, especially those featuring overseas comedians. “Most foreign comedians tend to use foreign content. I think our show will give them a run for their money as our local acts understand the local culture,” he explained.

Funnymen Harith Iskander, Douglas Lim and Kuah Jenhan are tasked to dish out the laughs in English during the show. “Harith is an established comedian, Douglas is known for his fresh content and Jenhan, an up-and-coming comedian, will pump new blood to the show,” Hans said about the acts. “They will each perform a 30 to 40-minute set before ending the night with a (three-way) collaboration.”

Harith and Lim will also perform alongside hilarious duo, Jambu – Zamatul Amri and Yussry Edo – and Nabil of Raja Lawak fame in the rest of the shows in Bahasa Malaysia.

Lawak Ke Der 3 kicked off yesterday and will run till Dec 8 with its English staging on Dec 6 at Panggung Sari in Istana Budaya, Kuala Lumpur. Tickets are priced at RM46, RM96, RM126, RM176 and RM196. For more information, call 03-4147 8600 or visit www.ticket2u.biz.