We talked a little bit about the Mustache Brothers show in our last post, but it’s such a spectacle that we thought it deserved its own post. There are three brothers: Lu Maw, Par Par Lay, and U Lu Zaw, but it’s essentially a one-man variety show with Lu Maw, the only English speaker, on the mic most of the time. While the jokes themselves are not always hilarious, it’s not meant to be a stand-up comedy show, and it’s more about the seemingly random and ridiculous mish mash of dancing, one-liners, skits, and Lu Maw’s jabs at his wife, the government, and tourists. Two of the brothers have even spent time in jail as political prisoners due to their political commentary, but these days the government turns its head and allows them to keep performing; it’s mostly a show for tourists anyway. It’s just one of those performances that doesn’t make a whole lot of sense, but it’s enjoyable, and it would be a shame to pass through Mandalay without witnessing it!
Without further ado, here are some of our favorite photos and videos from the performance!