As events of The A-List 2016 unfold, August Man and Volkswagen, featuring the newly launched Vento, speak to A-Lister Rizal Kamal about having the ride of his life in pursuit of the last laugh.

Photographed by Kahmun/Myth Studio; styled by Melvin Chan; grooming by Eranthe Loo; words by KC Yap

As laughter is often said to be the best medicine, Rizal Kamal is doing our country and the industry a huge service by dedicating himself to curating some of the finest comedy acts from around the world and dispensing them here through his event and talent management company LOL Events. Amongst the highlights of his career are the establishment of The Comedy Club KL and the rollingout of highly acclaimed shows such as the Russell Peters Notorious World Tour, Kings and Queen of Comedy Asia and The Fabulous Kumar. With more to come, his work in elevating the stand-up comedy scene in Malaysia is far from over. Featured here with the brand-new Volkswagen Vento, Rizal lets us in on his journey thus far.

While you’ve set out to bring joy and nurture a new generation of comedy, has the experience been just as fun and enriching for you personally?
Things have been hectic. Working for yourself is a lot different than I imagined. You work so much more and so much harder because you’re driven by your passion. Funnily enough, it also makes it easier. You feel more fulfilled because whatever you’re doing, you’re doing it for yourself. While you’re accountable for all the mistakes, you also benefit from the lessons they make.

Where do you hope to go from here?
Being ambitious and a visionary is a never-ending process. I’m far from my destination. There’s always something more to do. I want to be remembered as the guy who has made a lot of people laugh.

What do you do when you hit a bump?
When things go wrong and get challenging, you take a moment and look back at all your successes and be grateful for having achieved them. I’ve survived a long time in what I call “ground zero” and if I were to go back there again, I know I’ll still be OK. So why not take the risk and ride with it, as long as my basics are being taken care of, I’m good.

What’s your ideal road trip?
I would love to be on a cross-country road trip in the States. There’s adventure in every corner. I like a car that has a balance between performance and style.

Jacket, shirt and trousers by SPAO @ Parkson

Jacket, shirt and trousers by SPAO @ Parkson

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