Live Standup Comedy in HK
The live standup comedy scene in Hong Kong is booming and it is now possible to watch live comedy four or five nights a week if you are so inclined. Here we cover standup – there’s also a burgeoning improv scene.
Monday – there is open mic every Monday at Bar 109 in Wan Chai. It starts around 8.30 p.m. There is no cover charge.
Tuesday – there is usually open mic at TakeOut Comedy in Soho. It starts at 8 p.m. and there is a cover charge of $50 for non-performers.
Wednesday – The most popular open mic in town is at the Brewhouse in Lan Kwai Fong every Wednesday at 8.30 p.m. Entrance is free. There is no cover charge.
Thursday – There is a comedy night at the Delhi Club in Chungking Mansions at 9.30 on the last Thursday of the month. Tickets are $150 on the door – if bought online in advance they are usually cheaper, or include a free beer. At $20, this night has the cheapest beer of any comedy venue in HK.
Friday – there is usually live comedy at TakeOut Comedy in Soho at 9 p.m. There is a cover charge which hovers around $250.
Saturday – there is usually live comedy at TakeOut Comedy in Soho at 9 p.m. There is a cover charge which hovers around $250.
There are also often weekend performances by visiting comedians of some fame – as well as Take Out above, check out the Comedy HK website. Punchline Comedy Club also organise comedy nights in local theatres, bars and restaurants. There are sometimes larger events such as Russell Peters at Asia World Expo.
Also look out for the Hong Kong Comedy Festival in September, and a couple of festivals with relatively big names which had their first year in HK in the past year: the Udderbelly festival from the U.K. who are currently running their first season in HK (until 14th February 2015) and the Magners International Comedy Festival.
Tuesday – There is Cantonese open mic on the first and third Tuesday of the month at Bar 109 at 8 p.m. It’s called MillionDollarMic. There is no cover charge.
Guest Blogger: Christopher R.