Cigar Guy’s identity revealed!

Cigar Guy’s secret identity has been revealed, and in the end, the truth was right in front of our faces all along.

Cigar Guy is, of course, the mysterious grinning stranger in the corner of that famous Daily Mail Tiger Woods photo from the Ryder Cup last week. Wearing what appeared to be a turban and smoking a cigar the size of a small tree, the absurdly out-of-place Cigar Guy kicked off a worldwide Internet game of Photoshop one-upsmanship. Within moments, Cigar Guy began showing up all throughout history, like here:

You can see plenty more of the same at Funny or Die, among many other places. Heck, at least one site is already selling a Cigar Guy t-shirt.  

But at long last, he’s been found! The London Daily Mail did the investigative work, and it turns out that Cigar Guy is actually a mild-mannered, mildly embarrassed young man! (Isn’t that always the way with our heroes?) Cigar Guy is Rupesh Shingadia, a 30-year-old investment analyst who — no kidding — still lives with his parents in South London.

[Shocking photo: The golf swing behind an August wildfire]

The first clue that Cigar Guy was not all he seemed was the fact that the “turban” turned out to be a ponytail wig, as you can see here from this alternate angle:

And as it turned out, the mustache was fake too. Shingadia was a few weeks early for Halloween. But who was the inspiration for his costume? Why, someone that golf fans should have recognized instantly, of course:

That’s right, he was dressed as Miguel Angel Jimenez, the smooth, cigar-smoking golf version of The Most Interesting Man In The World.

“I wanted to do something to show my support for the European team, and I thought of Miguel,” Shingadia told the Daily Mail. “These days sportsmen have become devoid of character. But Miguel does his own thing and I love the way he walks around the course with a cigar clamped between his teeth.”

Beyond that, well … there’s not really all that much to tell about a guy that dressed up as another guy and happened to end up the focus of attention in one of the most celebrated photos of the year, if not the decade. Shingadia said he had no intention of playing to the TV cameras; he was there to watch some golf.

“My friends were keen to get me together with Miguel,” he said. “I was quite close to him at the 13th. I like to think there was a flicker of a smile when he looked in my direction. His caddie was certainly laughing.”

And a few holes later, with one fateful Woods mis-hit, so was the rest of the planet.

By: Jay Busbee



Thursday, June 3, 2010
8:00pm – 9:30pm
Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Marina Square
Singapore, Singapore
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Stereolab is pleased to be the official venue for the VIP PREVIEW of MORE FROM THE EDINBURGH FRINGE BY THE COMEDY PIMP on Thursday 3rd June 2010 at 8pm.

TWO mega-smash hit Edinburgh Fringe Shows PLUS India’s greatest comedy export Papa CJ for the Price of ONE!

1) “F**KONOMICS” by JOHN GORDILLO. Performed to sold-out audiences all over the world. F**konomics is coming to Singapore/Asia for the FIRST TIME.

F**konomics is about the small print that comes with everyone you get involved with. The terms and conditions you skim over, the contract you make. It’s about the economy of sex.

“Wonderfully intelligent…a superlative comedian” TIME OUT

2) “DEATH BY A THOUSAND PRICKS” by DAN ATKINSON. The hilarious true story of a comedian who wakes up one day and decides he can’t be arsed to be polite anymore. And the effects of that decision.

‘A brilliant eye for a gag and imagination to burn’ – THE TIMES

3) PAPA CJ – India’s greatest comedy export’s stand-up has been likened to that of Chris Rock – full of attitude, energy and caustic observations about society. He has sold-out not just his tours in India, but performances across North America, Europe, Africa and Asia. His international exposure reached new heights when he became a top ten finalist in NBC’s Last Comic Standing.


Call Eevon to book tickets at +65 8182 5857.

(N.B. This Exclusive Preview show is primarily for SPONSORS and MEDIA but we decided to release a handful of tickets for our Stereolab regulars! Tickets are available from Stereolounge/Stereolab during operation hours from Wednesday 26th May 2010)

Come and see two of the world’s best comics perform in one of the world’s funkiest nightclubs – it’s going to be an awesome start to your month of June.

Tickets S$28 Nett per person and includes your first drink. (All standard drinks at the Happy hour price of S$5++ until 9pm!)

Check out all the award-winning acts on:

See you there, sexy funny people…


Minimum Age for Entry: 21 for Ladies and 23 for Gents.

No flip flops or shorts allowed in venue. Management retains the right to refuse entry at their discretion without explanation.

Just Log Off Comedy Club presents 3 of the best stand ups. 27-29th May

Start Time:
Thursday, May 27, 2010 at 8:00pm
End Time:
Saturday, May 29, 2010 at 10:00pm
The PAVILION at Far East Square


Ladies and Gents,

JLO Comedy Club is proud to present 3 of the very best stand up comedians for your laughter needs. It is very rare indeed that you would find three comedians of this calibre on the sames bill…

When – 27, 28, 29 May 2010 – 8pm

Where – The Pavilion at Far East Square.

Tickets – $50 – Buy your tickets through HOTLINE 6348-5555 Or call Kerry 9839-2642

TABLE RESERVATIONS – please call Kerry 9839-2642

Food and Drinks – We have a full service bar brought to you by the BULL & BEAR and food by BURGS Gourmet Burgers.

***THE SHOW***

Pete Johansson – joint headliner

Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee 2009
✭✭✭✭ The Scotsman
✭✭✭✭ The Independent
✭✭✭✭ The List
✭✭✭✭ Broadway Baby
✭✭✭✭ All The Festivals
✭✭✭✭ Such Small Portions
✭✭✭✭ Chortle

John Fothergill – joint headliner

“He exudes that air of being in charge that’s guaranteed to set the right atmosphere for laughter” Chortle
“One of the very best funny men around” Channel 4
“Guaranteed laughter” Stage
“Copper bottom crowd pleaser. He’s brilliant!”

MC Rob Heeney

“A definite must see.” Chortle
“Our tip for the top” BBC
“Comedy equivalent of a 147 break” Big Issue
“Charming comic with excellent material” City Life

For enquires about corporate bookings or groups please call Kerry on 9839-2642

“A day without laughter, is a day wasted”


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Well it’s only January so I guess that can’t be an overstatement 🙂

But check it out…

VIR DAS (INDIA) Universally recognised as India’s no1 comic, Vir is also a rising star in Bollywood, having just completed a major film co-starring with Imraan Khan. The Harvard graduate is sharp, sassy and above all hilarious. Last year Vir sold out his one man show at The Esplanade but is itching to do a ‘real comedy room’.

PIERRE HOLLINS (UK) described by Time Out as ‘the unsung hero of new comedy’ Pierre will have you splitting your sides with his dry wit and gawping with amazement at his guitar virtuosity.

ROB BROWN (AUS) Rob is a hard hitting comic of the ‘take no prisoners’ school. He is a brilliant writer of material that hits a nerve with all. He performs with an energy that will rock the house. Just back from tours of Afghanistan and Iraq, Rob will no doubt relish the chance to do his thing without mortar shells threatening to spoil his timing.

So make sure you get in early for this one… it’s gonna be HUUUUGE!


Or as they say in Mandarin- ‘3 4 8 8’

(Zan shi bye bye) 🙂

The Anniversary will be happening at DXO – 8 Raffles Avenue.