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This article first appeared in Options, The Edge Malaysia Weekly on December 21, 2020 - December 27, 2020

Perhaps one of Malaysia’s most underrated talents, comedian Douglas Lim tells Mae Chan why he is perfectly comfortable playing one-dimensional roles, how embracing his function as a distraction in this digital age has motivated him and what he is ready to venture into next

It was quiet when we arrived at Bobo KL in Bangsar. Douglas Lim, accompanied by his wife and manager, Natasha Fernz was already getting ready for the photoshoot and interview with Options.

The silence was almost palpable, owing perhaps to the empty performance space. Like many theatres, Bobo has remained shut for much of the year. Coincidentally, the last time I watched Lim perform live was here in this cosy loft. He and Gavin Yap played to a packed house in TerryandTheCuz’s Made In America.

It was March last year, before the show went on to restage at New York’s famed The Public Theater for almost a month in April and May. “It was definitely something that was very challenging,” says Lim when asked about the experience. “But we had to take the opportunity. It would be almost dumb not to.”

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