Friday, November 14, 2014

Bookworms and comedy

Sebastian Strangio will be launching his book Hun Sen's Cambodia at Meta House (Sothearos Boulevard) at 7pm on Wednesday 19 November. The former Phnom Penh Post editor had this to say when VOA asked him why he wrote the book.
"Well, one of the things that I noticed when I arrived in Cambodia in 2008 was that there is quite a gap. There were plenty of books on the Khmer Rouge period, and also covering [the period] of the 1990s and at the end of the 1990s. But beyond that there was not anything that really examined Hun Sen’s rule over the last decades. It was, you know, in some ways, there was plenty of information out there [newspapers] due to a lot of expert reporting, and NGOs and civil society produce a range of materials about the country today. But there was nothing that synthesized all this information into a cohesive narrative that included domestic changes and the international context of Cambodia." Signed copies from the author will be available on the night. Free entrance.

Of a more pressing nature, the Comedy Club Cambodia will offer up British comedian Nik Coppin and a supporting cast of 4 local expat stand-ups tonight, cost $4 from 8.30pm at Equinox on St 278. Reviews of Coppin's shows are mixed, though most are positive so I await his brand of humour with interest. I'd love to see the likes of Tim Clark or Bob Mills walk the comedy boards of Phnom Penh sometime soon. Hint, Hint.
Update:
Nik Coppin ruled the roost at the Comedy Club tonight at Equinox and put on a polished performance as the final act of the evening. His fellow comics were local expat stand-ups and the difference in class was telling, with Eli Meixler showing the most promise.

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