Citizens Journal
Wed May 29 2024

Eight brave souls battle for laughter glory

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Originally published on Citizen’s Journal Published: May 28, 2024.

Organised by the Johor Bahru Happy & Joyous Club, the virtual competition served as a stepping stone to the World Laughing Championship on June 1st.

The 2024 edition of the Malaysia Laughing Championship took place online this year, with eight hilarious Malaysians vying for the coveted title. Organised by the Johor Bahru Happy & Joyous Club, the virtual competition served as a stepping stone to the World Laughing Championship on June 1st.

Eight champions battle of cheer


Open to all Malaysians over 18, the competition wasn’t just about the loudest laugh. Contestants were judged on a unique set of criteria that went beyond mere amusement:

  • Humility: A champion’s laughter should uplift, not belittle.

  • Joyfulness: Genuine joy is contagious, making laughter even more infectious.

  • Sparkle: A captivating stage presence adds another dimension to the laughter experience.

  • Contagiousness: The ability to spread laughter like wildfire is a key quality.

  • Originality: A unique and creative approach to laughter sets champions apart.

Eight finalists, selected for the laughter videos submitted during registration, faced a series of online challenges designed to test their comedic prowess.

Through three elimination rounds, the competition narrowed down to two finalists: Catherine Lim and Jayamalar.

These champions battled it out with a variety of prompts, including “Your Personal Best Laughter,” “One Animal Laughter,” and “Shy Laughter & In the Playground Laughter.”

Laughter for all: Global audience tunes in


Despite the virtual format, the competition attracted a global audience.

Spectators from over 12 countries, including Belgium, Austria, India, Germany, USA, Japan, and Australia, tuned in to witness the laughter unfold. This international viewership highlights the universality of laughter – a language that transcends borders and unites people in joy.

The Malaysia Laughing Championship may be over, but the quest for laughter continues.

The Johor Bahru Happy & Joyous Club, with its focus on Laughter Yoga, promotes the power of playful laughter for well-being.

Whether you’re curious about the competition or interested in exploring Laughter Yoga, contact details are provided:

  • Publicity: Helen (014-9127143)

  • Organising Chair: Doreen (019-7156752)

The event recording is also available on the club’s Facebook page: Laughter Yoga Malaysia-Johor Bahru Happy and Joyous Club.

So, if you’re looking for a reason to smile, check out the recording and see these eight Malaysian champions battle it out for laughter glory!

If you would like to contribute to support the Johor Bahru Happy & Joyous Club, you can donate to them via Sokong. Click here.

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