Who is Khaled Khalafalla, and why is he happy exactly? Born in Saudi Arabia to Egyptian parents, Khaled may discuss identity exploration, and his own fitting-in challenges in everyday Australian culture, but he possesses that special something which Aussies are renown around the globe for, the ability to take a jab at oneself, and everyone else around them.
Khaled successfully pokes fun at his culture, and everyone else’s, carefully walking that dreaded ‘gone too far’ line, and never crossing it. But one thing is for sure, no one is spared in the process. Front row or back row audience members; if Khaled makes eye contact with you, you’re becoming part of the show. Fear not though, Khaled is charismatic and funny, not irritating and offensive.
On the night I attended, the award-winning Khaled, actually started out a little lukewarm, and laughed a bit too hard at his own jokes, and just when it seemed as though perhaps we were going to hear cricket noises instead of laughter, he acknowledged the slow start and within a blink of an eye, he masterfully switched gears, and proceeded at full-speed-ahead with a show laden with intelligent and hilarious zingers.
Yes, zingers best describes Khaled’s Happy, because, although very entertaining, the show 'hickuped' a bit, and even took a sudden 180 degree turn, leaving a story unfinished, ie: mother meets his white girlfriend, and asks what the children will be, should he marry the girl... (what did your mum say Khaled?). Perhaps this can be attributed to the fact that this particular performance of Happy was an early one in the season, and Khaled did warn us after all that, he may be testing his material on us.
Having said this, Khaled Khalafalla projects a certain air about him, whilst on stage, which rings of confidence (not arrogance) with a sprinkle of potential future fame. His humour is clever and definitely entertaining, in line with that of Iranian-American comedian Maz Jobrani, and Indian-Canadian funny man Russell Peters. Give Khaled a go. The laughs are guaranteed, and more importantly, you’ll see a star in the making (the reason Khaled is happy).
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Venue: The Upstairs Lounge @ Little Sista | 240 Lt Collins St, Melbourne
Dates: 7 – 19 April 2015
Tickets: $20 – $15
Part of the 2015 Melbourne International Comedy Festival