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Sam See: Government-Approved Sex

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Sam See: Government-Approved Sex

The Counting House

38 West Nicolson Street
The Attic: AUG 4-28 at 19:30 (60 min) - Pay What You Can

Sam See: Government-Approved Sex

"★★★★ There’s real steel in his comedic bones" - BROADWAY BABY | During the pandemic, the conservative Singapore government messed up and got a gay comic to run a series of sex & love panels in the National Library. Sam See (Comedy Central, MTV) returns to the Fringe to share what he's learnt, in the politest show about sex that you can find. BDSM, men vs women, even stats & facts, don't worry, it's all government approved.

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News and Reviews for this Show

3.5 stars

August 17, 2022    Chortle

3.5 stars

Being forced to ply his trade in a small attic room of The Counting House is no impediment to Sam See, who brings the full force of his charm and charisma to every show he plays.

The offensive begins with free branded fans and condoms for all his guests, and the rapport-building is under way before you know it. By the time the show actually starts we’re all under the spell of this jolly elfin figure in a bow tie and square glasses. Dropped into these dingy surroundings, he seems like a refugee from a cleaner, friendlier, more prepossessing universe.

But See isn’t from a parallel universe, he’s from Singapore, which is not the easiest place to be in the public eye if you’re an out gay man like him. Homosexuality is still criminalised there, and talking about it can get you prosecuted for spreading ‘homosexual propaganda’.

So it’s for obvious reasons that See’s orientation remains a private matter in his home country, and perhaps an understandable mistake that the Singaporean government hired him to present a series of panels on sex and love at the National Library. His job would be to add levity to the findings of sex experts and help answer any questions that hadn’t been covered by the country’s minimal sex education provision.

His show skilfully weaves this story in with several others, most notably his twist-filled relationship with the wealthy Chinese doctor nicknamed Blonde John. He’s describing his own experiences as ‘the reluctant Mayor of Poundtown’ but also delving into some statistical analysis and coming up with some interesting findings about which demographics are having sex, who with and how frequently; how kinky are they and how do they feel about it?

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FRINGE REVIEW: “Sam See: Government Approved Sex”

August 15, 2022    Scottish Field

FRINGE REVIEW: “Sam See: Government Approved Sex”

STOOD in front of a small, cramped, and oppressively-warm room in the Counting House’s Attic was Singaporean comedian Sam See with a half-delighted, half-apologetic smile on his face as he warned people to grab drinks before he began. Kindly, he supplied branded fans for his soon-to-be-sweaty audience along with a condom that would set the theme for the show.

Both the wee room and fun freebies helped to break the ice, creating an immediate intimacy with audience members that would carry on throughout the rest of his show.

Despite his small stature, Sam has a big presence – likely one reason that the Singaporean government mistakenly asked the gay comedian to run a series of panels on sex. As many people may or may not know, homosexuality (strictly concerning two men) is not yet legal in Singapore and talking about it openly in a government-run library is not without its risks – but as Sam See flippantly stated, he’s a comedian and not one to turn down a guaranteed payday.

So, filled with fun facts and cardboard graphs about sex and dating – both straight and queer – and his own personal dating anecdotes, Sam See invited us to laugh and participate with him as we guessed at statistics and cringed along with him as he recalled the trial and tribulations of dating the delightfully named doctor, Blond John.

At the beginning of the show, Sam spotted my red press lanyard and told his audience that they better laugh to make him look good, but the half-hearted threat was totally unnecessary. Sam See’s Government Approved Sex is a genuinely funny and endearing set that had members of the audience practically cackling throughout – myself included. I don’t think there was a joke that didn’t land well. This show is a part of the Free Fringe, so make sure you grab a ticket and tip generously. It’s well deserved. Click Here For Review


August 12, 2022    On The Mic

In strictly controlled Singapore during the pandemic the government asked a gay comic to run a series of sex and love panels in the National Library.

The dynamic and irrepressible Sam See takes off from this unexpected call in a country where being gay was criminalised to talk about many aspects of sex and love here at the Fringe. He tells us about the five languages of love, many fascinating facts about sex around the world, who cheats on whom – the naughtiness of the human species. All with the lightest of touches. Sam’s total lack of inhibition – including when talking about his own sex life – and his delight in what he is doing, makes this show a joy from beginning to end.

Never mind that the Attic is reputed hot – Sam provides fans. And this show will bring him a great many fans. Get along to this show for an hour of unexpurgated bliss! Click Here For Review


August 11, 2022    Fest

A government sex seminar you won't want to miss.

It is, you have to admit, an intriguing title. What happens when a gay comedian is asked to run a series of sex seminars in the National Library of Singapore, a nation where being a gay anything is definitely not encouraged? He takes the job and writes a show about it, naturally.

Quite a few weeks it was too, as those panel discussions were the catalyst for an intense affair with a leading medical figure, and an eventual revelation that leads See to look at relationships in a whole new light. And he’s very keen to share the knowledge he amassed during that process: you will walk out of this show armed with facts about our procreational proclivities that should enliven even the dreariest dinner party. Not that our host is big on important take-homes: “Don’t take advice from comedians!” he yelps, and cites the ludicrous amounts many comics are gambling to stage Fringe shows. Admittedly that’s the set-up for an excellent bucket speech – there’s an entertaining donation chart, and rewards – and lots of thought has clearly gone into this show generally. It has a bit of everything: romance, global politics, explicit sex scenes, graphs, a virginity guessing game and, most importantly, Sam See, who radiates effervescent positivity even when the subject turns darker.

He even provides branded hand-fans, having played the toasty Attic before – which then advertise this show everywhere else they’re flapped, of course. See really has thought of everything. Click Here For Review


A government sex seminar you won't want to miss

August 11, 2022    Fest

A government sex seminar you won't want to miss

It is, you have to admit, an intriguing title. What happens when a gay comedian is asked to run a series of sex seminars in the National Library of Singapore, a nation where being a gay anything is definitely not encouraged? He takes the job and writes a show about it, naturally.

Quite a few weeks it was too, as those panel discussions were the catalyst for an intense affair with a leading medical figure, and an eventual revelation that leads See to look at relationships in a whole new light. And he’s very keen to share the knowledge he amassed during that process: you will walk out of this show armed with facts about our procreational proclivities that should enliven even the dreariest dinner party. Not that our host is big on important take-homes: “Don’t take advice from comedians!” he yelps, and cites the ludicrous amounts many comics are gambling to stage Fringe shows. Admittedly that’s the set-up for an excellent bucket speech – there’s an entertaining donation chart, and rewards – and lots of thought has clearly gone into this show generally. It has a bit of everything: romance, global politics, explicit sex scenes, graphs, a virginity guessing game and, most importantly, Sam See, who radiates effervescent positivity even when the subject turns darker.

He even provides branded hand-fans, having played the toasty Attic before – which then advertise this show everywhere else they’re flapped, of course. See really has thought of everything. Click Here For Review



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