For those who may have seen Kuah Jenhan on stage at any one of the previous MACC (Malaysian Association of Chinese Comedians) comedy shows, the first thing that grabs at your attention before he opens his mouth are his shoes. Showpieces in their own right, the amount of care and cultivation this proud fan of Jeremy Scott for Adidas sneakers (he has nine pairs to call his own) puts in his shoe closet is but an indication of his greater wardrobe sensibilities. We gave his comedic skills a day off and put the spotlight on his style that’s rife with Beatle-mania and a fond appreciation of detailed streetwear.
Kuah Jenhan, stand-up comedian
Who is your style icon?
Sometimes I like John Hamm, Pharrell Williams, and Jeremy Scott. Most times, A&W’s The Great Root Bear because if he’s welcomed in society without any pants, he’s an icon in my eyes!
I will never be caught dead in …
Australia. Their dollar is just too strong right now to hold a funeral there. However, I will never want to be seen in shirts that: are too tight, too big, or have random printed words that don’t make sense. Also, loose socks.
I splurge on …
Jackets, suits, shoes, socks, Adidas, The Beatles memorabilia, medium-rare steak, cheese, sashimi, movies, music, vacations, education, souvenirs, and putting on a great show for my audience.
I skimp on …
Gym fees, social skills, and self esteem.
Describe your personal style in 3 words.
Make, Sure, Nice!
What are your personal style rules?
Don’t overkill with too many feature pieces, and always be mindful not to accidentally tuck your shirt into your underwear. If you’re doing it on purpose, a good tip would be to grow out your nose hair as distraction.
What is your most treasured possession?
An acrylic painting of John Lennon I did on the 22nd of April 2009. And of late, Ninja, my cat!
When are you at your happiest?
When I find out how my shows have affected people and when my online shopping delivery arrives as scheduled.
What is your beauty regime?
Ah! I adopt the hipster-logic when it comes to beauty regimes. Sparingly exercise, rinse with water, towel dry, have faith. I’m not regretfully bad at it, its just that regimes are too… mainstream. Haha!
What is your favourite scent / smell?
Bois d’Argent by Christian Dior.
Yay or Nay? Online dating.
Yay for me. It is the natural progression of socialising. Back in the days, before Facebook, there was only one book, the Telephone Book. In order to call the girl you like, you needed to find the name her house phone is registered under. Most of the time it would be her father’s name. Hence the importance of ‘main nama bapa’!
I hate it when a woman ….
Spends too much time making up her face and not her mind.
I love it when a woman …
– is driven and passionate about what she does, or at least her hobby.
– confidently flirts.
– don’t ask me for free tickets to my shows.
What’s currently playing on your iPod?
Nujabes when I’m chilling, soundtracks from various musicals, and She & Him.
My idea of a perfect holiday is …
One where I can enjoy chilly weather in a city busy enough for me to spend all day at a coffee shop observing behaviors and overhearing conversations. The idea of a perfect holiday must come hand in hand with the luxury of freedom and time. Doing nothing at home is very different from doing nothing elsewhere.
What’s in your bag?
Photography by Sharina Shahrin.