The ‘Obviously Harith Iskander’ talk show debuts on Awani, May 28
Kuala Lumpur, 12 May 2016 – It is official. Malaysia's most loved comedian Harith Iskander will be hosting Malaysia’s first late-night show, aptly named ‘Obviously Harith Iskander’ (OHI). This 13-episode talk show peppered with humour will air every Saturday at 9.30pm on Astro Awani (Channel 501). The talk show will kick off with Air Asia’s Tan Sri Tony Fernandes and vocalist Dasha Logan on May 28, 2016.
Faizal Mansor, Chief Executive Officer of Astro Awani said, “As Malaysia’s #1 24/7 news channel, Awani continues to keep Malaysians informed on the latest breaking news and current affairs. Today, Awani is available on TV, mobile and online. While the channel reaches out to 73% of urban viewers, our digital presence continues to grow, with more than 150 million unique page views for calendar year 2015 alone, we are today one of the top destinations for news in Malaysia. Our social media average monthly reach is at a staggering 60 million with over 3 million fans across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.”
“The idea to produce a late-night talk show was inspired by the popularity of talk shows hosted by comedians Jimmy Fallon, James Corden and Jimmy Kimmel to name a few. With over 2 million Astro viewers tuning into comedy programmes, we are excited to team up with Harith Iskander, Malaysia’s most loved comedian for our inaugural late-night talk show, OHI for our viewers. Asia’s best stand-up comedian, Harith is an icon who has entertained Malaysians over two decades and Awani is delighted to have him host OHI.”
Harith Iskander said, “I cannot describe how thrilled and honoured I am to be joining forces with Awani. All the elements are in place; the audience is primed and landscape for infotainment news is established. OHI will set a new precedent for Malaysian TV. We will show what we are capable of, if not equal to, possibly better than what the rest of the world has to offer. Now, I must excuse myself to go pick up a few good looking suits and probably get a nice haircut.”
Viewers can expect topical monologues in which Harith makes fun of the day’s news, comedy sketches, celebrity interviews and musical performances by new and current artists. OHI promises a lineup of interesting personalities such as Datin Paduka Marina Mahathir, Shila Amzah, Jaclyn Victor, Dato' Seri Nazir Razak, Adibah Noor among others and joining them in the studio is jazz legend, Michael Veerapan who will serve as the show’s musical director and band leader.
Harith was named ‘Asia's Best Stand-Up Comedian Award’ by ‘Top 10 Of Asia Award 2014’, and he is also the first Malaysian stand-up comedian to have played to a crowd of 9,000 in Stadium Putra for Laugh Malaysia, the biggest stand-up comedy show in the country's history.
OHI is a joint production bringing together the newsy editorial sense of Astro Awani and the wit and wisdom of Harith Iskandar V Day Productions. Sponsored by AirAsia Berhad (Presenting Sponsor) and INTI International University and Colleges (Partner Sponsor), OHI will air on Astro Awani (Channel 501) every Saturday at 9.30pm and can be live-streamed at www.astroawani.com. Viewers can also catch all the web exclusive content on www.obviouslyharith.com as well as follow it @obviouslyharith across Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.