Thursday, June 16, 2005

Fête de la Retard

I was walking to class yesterday when my friend Jayaram called out my name.
"I'll be emceeing with you on Sunday, you know..."
"And me on Saturday!" added another friend, Prem.

I almost let out a little fart in fright. Emceeing with Prem AND Jay is like Britney Spears performing a duet with Christina Aguilera and Madonna. Hold on, that's already been done...


With my college being one of the main organizers for Fête de la Musique in Malaysia, most of the event management crew are student volunteers. Emcees for the festival are also sought after, particularly from the ever-so-hip American Degree department whenever necessary. This year, the event would be spread over 2 days instead of one, and will expand from Kuala Lumpur out into Petaling Jaya.

On Tuesday I was called to the office of my old lecturer, Mr. Sulay, who asked me to help out this year: Saturday at One Utama, and Sunday at the Main Stage at Low Yat Plaza.

"Good God - Main Stage? I have no idea if I'm capable, Sir!" I yelped in horror.

"Don't worry, I'm sure you have the skills to pull it off. And I don't just give the Main Stage to anybody... Only to people who I am really confident in," he assured me in his thick Sierra Leone accent.

I presumed that his usage of the word 'skills' was based on merely two emcee jobs I did back in in 2003: one for a college summer variety concert, and the other for Fête de la Musique (on one of the smaller stages). But I did both with the same dude. Now I'm no spontaneous wisecracker, but Jeremy and I clicked like two peas in a Gatorade-saturated pod. We fueled each other with interdependent zaniness. We were the Bonnie and Clyde of Retardation Nation.

Now he's studying in Australia. And who do I get to do co-host with this year? A Cruiser and a radio announcer. Two guys who friggin' speak for a living.

"Can you handle it by yourself, right? We'll just come in when you need help la," Prem and Jay casually tell me.

So, if you'd like to know what a retard looks like having a good brick-shitting session, you can catch her from 5-10pm this Saturday 18th June at the New Wing of One Utama, and from 12-6pm the next day at Changkat Bukit Bintang. If choose not to offer support, it's cool - at least come for the good music. It's free anyway.


Blogger Jack0 said...

oh interesting offer... i'll be seeing u there.. ;)

5:51 PM  
Blogger seth.frostheart said...

really? wicked... :D i'll drop by for a look see aight?

8:25 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

Imagine watching a horror movie with Davina.

"Are you scared? *sniffs* "Oh."

9:56 PM  
Blogger rei said...

That's so COOL, Davina!

I'll be going to the Fete de la Musique in Manila as well - one of my friend's a PA for the Alternative Stage. Although it WOULD have been cool to watch a show you were emceeing :D

Well, have fun! Although I KNOW that that's a given :D

10:49 PM  
Blogger burn666 said...

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11:37 PM  
Blogger burn666 said...

Just read your replies on my blog and - wow! - you're one of the emcees?

Coolness! :)

I'll be checking it out on both days (if only to escort my ma and some other Alliance Francais committee members around) so i'll try to keep an eye out for ya!

11:39 PM  
Blogger disco-very said...

jack khor, frostheart & burn666,
thanks, hope to see y'all :P

yes the few times i've watched a film with you, you were lucky - i didn't forget my plug.

thank you! i'm SO not emcee material but i'll give it a go again for the sake of being stubborn. you make sure you have a good time in Manila too!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Albert said...

Haha, what was scary about... uh... Terminator 3? Aliens Vs. Predator? LOL.

4:45 PM  
Blogger The Everglades said...

When I lived in Paris for 10 months, one of the highlights was Fete de la Retard...


12:30 PM  
Blogger commonjack said...

hey - i think ur a shoe in for stuff like this...u got that 'it' if it comes naturally - have fun!

3:42 AM  
Blogger cyber-red said...

someone complaining about the event here

7:57 PM  
Blogger burn666 said...

Well i thought it went pretty well... couldn't make it to one utama on Sat but on Sunday managed to catch the opening ceremony at Low Yat as well as a few acts outside Sungei Wang and Times Square - although i don't think i spotted you emceeing...

9:00 PM  
Blogger Jack0 said...

well.. was there.. saturday night 8:15pm.. dint quite catch the opening..
how nice of them to have it in the rain forest area it really amplified the sound.. stage would be better if it was facing inside.. and the place kindna stuffy.. the last performers was fun thou.. overall good job..

9:54 AM  
Blogger disco-very said...

how those boobies grew on T-X, and the fact that Hollywood can still get away with endings like that from AVP.

The Everglades,
really? i would one day love to taste the authentic retard experience.

i honestly don't think i have a knack for emceeing, i need loads more confidence and heaps of practice before i can seem natural. thanks for your support though :P

thanks for the link. i'm still trying to figure out if the entry is referring to the event on Saturday or Sunday...

you must have just missed me... i was presenting the opening acts at Low Yat, and the Official Launch was temporarily hosted by a representative from HELP. but yeah, I thought the festival went ok too.

Jack Khor,
don't worry, i think you managed to catch the best bits on Saturday. i however bear strong dissent towards the location/arrangement of the stage. i think they would have been better off placing the stage on the opposite side of the mall, outside the FCUK / Mambo entrance. it was great meeting you BTW!

5:34 PM  

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