The Moustache Brothers
The Moustache Brothers are a comedic trio from Mandalay, Burma known for live performances that combine screwball comedy, classic Burmese dance, and sharply satirical criticism of the totalitarian Burmese military regime.
Lay and Zaw served almost six years of a sentence to seven years in labour camp for criticizing the government in a performance at the home of Aung San Suu Kyi in Rangoon in 1996. Two National League for Democracy members who had arranged the performance were also arrested and served the same time. Amnesty International led a campaign for their release, and negotiations by Suu Kyi are suspected of having contributed to their release. As part of the conditions for their release and the fact that they were under house arrest regulations, they were allowed to perform only for foreigners, within the garage of their Mandalay house.
On August 2013, Par Par Lay died from kidney disease, allegedly caused by the lead paint on the walls of a water tank that he drank from in prison. Lu Maw and Lu Zaw continue to perform as the Moustache Brothers as a duo. Their first public performance without Par Par Lay was held four days after his funeral.
- Buncombe, Andrew (August 20, 2013). "Par Par Lay: Comedian who satirised the Burmese regime". The Independent. Retrieved August 30, 2013.
- http://www.aappb.org/list_arrest_aug_sep_07.html, number 236
- Sober times for Myanmar's comics, New York Times via International Herald Tribune; retrieved
- Junta Satirist From ‘Moustache Brothers’ Trio Dead at 67, The Irrawaddy; retrieved 8/6/2013
- Moustache Brothers kill in Mandalay, Al Jazeera, 9 Jan 2016
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- Moustache Brothers official website, sparse content but a few great photos
- Amnesty International press release on the freeing of the Moustache Brothers
- Slide show, impressions of a performance with Lu Maw talking, January 2010
- Treading Lightly on the Road to Mandalay, Joshua Kurlantzick, The New York Times, May 7, 2006
- Moustache Mayhem, Tony Broadmoor, The Irrawady, May 1, 2002
- Travel Adventures blurb on the Moustache Brothers, with photos of performances
- Burma: Moustache Brothers keep on telling jokes By James Menendez and Katharine Hodgson BBC World Service, Mandalay. 5 January 2013.