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Juliana Heng is an autistic, non-binary stand-up comedian from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. 

They are the founder and comedy show producer of I Laugh KL Comedy Show, curator with JokePit The Comedy Box Office, and have been doing stand-up comedy since September 2017. 

Juliana strives to be a comedian who gets real, talking about issues considered taboo in Asian society such as their autism, being queer, and growing up in a dysfunctional family. 

They have performed in Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur, Malacca, Ipoh, Penang, and Kuching), Singapore, Thailand (Bangkok), Cambodia (Phnom Penh), and the United Kingdom (London, Nottingham, and Manchester). 

Since the beginning of the lockdown era, Juliana has been performing online to audiences in 33 countries. 

Recently, they emerged as the 2nd Runner-Up of KL Roast Tournament 2022. Juliana is also the Top 16 Finalist of GELAK : GEMPAK 2021 (A comedy reality TV show) and Top 10 Finalist of Bangkok International Comedy Competition 2019.


Juliana has made a couple of TV appearances in 2021 : 

GELAK : GEMPAK, Malaysia’s 1st stand-up comedy reality TV show on Astro Warna.

BERNAMA TV’s Coffedy TV Comedy Open Mic in conjunction with Hari Raya. 

Debuted as an actor via a cameo role in Keluarga Baha Don (Season 3). 


To date, they have supported 7 headlining comedians : Ahmed Ahmed, Matt Davis, Mary E. Kennedy, and Kurt Braunohler from the USA, Shaq Munisamy from Malaysia, Simone Park from Canada, and Peter Szumowski from Poland.

Juliana has performed in comedy festivals like : 

Comedy For Change Festival 2019 (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)

District Queer Comedy Festival 2020 & 2021 (Washington DC, USA)

NY Underground Comedy Festival 2020 (New York, USA)

Plano Comedy Festival 2020 (Texas, USA)

Comedy Fringe Festival 2021 (New Jersey, USA)

Burbank Comedy Festival 2021 (California, USA).


In May 2020, Juliana debuted a 1-hour virtual medley show, Walking On Spectrum at The ADELAIDE FRINGE View 2020 (Adelaide, Australia). 

This show was subsequently played virtually at :

The Virtual Fringe 2020 (Auckland, New Zealand)

Rochester Fringe Festival 2020 (New York, USA)

Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021 (North Carolina, USA)

Tucson Fringe Festival 2021 (Arizona, USA)

Pittsburgh Fringe Festival 2021 (Pennsylvania, USA)

Big Sky Fringe Festival 2021 (Montana, USA)

FringePVD Festival 2021 (Rhode Island, USA)

Thornhill Theatre Fringe Festival 2021 (Auckland, New Zealand)

Theatre Crude Fringe Festival 2021 (Oklahoma, USA)

Edinburgh Fringe Festival 2021 (Edinburgh, Scotland, UK)


This a showcase of comedy, spoken word poetry, and storytelling of how they live with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Walking on Spectrum was awarded :

‘Most Inspiring Work’ ~ The Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021

‘Best Comedy’ and ‘The Borderlands and Beyond Award’ ~ Tucson Fringe Festival 2021

‘Best Solo Show’ and ‘Best of Fringe’ ~ Front-Row Fringe Festival 2022


In July 2022, Juliana performed Walking On Spectrum LIVE for the very first time in a sold out show at hUSh The Theatre.


In August 2023, Walking On Spectrum will be making its LIVE debut at the prestigious Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Media Quote :

“Juliana’s onstage presence is ebullient and utterly unique.” ~ Sam Thomas, Comedy in Cambodia, Khmer Nights

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First gig:
September 2015

Recent clubs:
Crackhouse Comedy Club (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
The Joke Factory (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia)
The Merry Lion Comedy Club (Singapore)
Khaosan Comedy Club (Bangkok, Thailand)
Up The Creek Comedy Club (London, UK)
The Comedy Store - London & Manchester (UK)
The Frog and Bucket Comedy Club (Manchester, UK)
The Lemon Stand Comedy Club (Singapore)

Press, Quotes, Awards:
Finalist of Bangkok International Comedy Competition (BICC) 2019

Finalist of KING GONG at The Comedy Store - London (December 2019)

Finalist of BEAT THE FROG at The Frog & Bucket Comedy Club, Manchester (January 2020)

Top 16 Finalist of GELAK GEMPAK, Malaysia's 1st stand-up comedy reality TV show (February 2021)

2nd Runner-Up of KL Roast Tournament 2022 (January 2022)

“Walking on Spectrum” was voted “Most Inspiring Work” at The Asheville FRINGE Arts Festival 2021

“Walking on Spectrum” was voted “Best Comedy” at the Tucson Fringe Festival 2021

“Walking on Spectrum” was voted “The Borderlands and Beyond Award” at the Tucson Fringe Festival 2021

“Walking on Spectrum” was voted “Best Solo Show” at the Front-Row Fringe Festival 2022

“Walking on Spectrum” was voted “Best of Fringe” at the Front-Row Fringe Festival 2022

Tarshan S reviewed Simply Comedy's Weekly Special (21 Dec, 9.30pm) which happened on Thu 21st Dec 2023.
Review posted at 7:08am on Fri 22nd Dec 2023.

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