Until seven years ago, event organizers would rely on music and dance to liven up parties. Things began to change with the rise of stand-up comedy, which quickly gained popularity thanks to its steady stream on TV.

by Corry Elyda, Arya Dipa, Andi Hajramurni and Hotli Simanjuntak

Although in the West it began as early as the 18th century, stand-up comedy made inroads into Indonesia only in the 1990s. The Jakarta Post’s writer Corry Elyda discusses how the local folklore tradition and the burgeoning TV industry have shaped the comedy genre into popular entertainment. Our correspondents Dipa Arya in Bandung, Andi Hajramurni in Makassar and Hotli Simanjuntak in Aceh con...