MUNAH BAGHARIB, 26
She is the comedic voice of her generation – and is not afraid to start twerking in public for a wacky video.
Call Munah a funny woman, but she takes comedy very seriously. The Temasek Polytechnic communications and media management graduate’s Youtube channel, Munah Hirzi Official – which she started in 2008 with her comedy partner and ex-coursemate Hirzi Zulkiflie as a platform to upload school media assignments – has chalked up a whopping 24.6 million views (and counting).
What inspires your hilarious skits?
“The people I meet, and the observations I make. Turning what I see into something funny is the best way of handling issues, especially sensitive ones.”
Your ‘Minahconda’ video (based on the Nicki Minaj hit, ‘Anaconda’) has almost 790,000 views – we’re impressed!
“Yeah, it’s probably the most popular one! We touched on a subject close to everyone’s hearts – food. So many viewers started sending us pictures of what – and how much – they were eating!”
How do you work up the courage to sing and dance – and twerk – in public?
“Just go for it; you never know how people will react, and most of the time, they’ll surprise you. Most people we meet are very supportive – especially foreign workers. When they find out we’re shooting a video, they all want to be in it. So sporting!”
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