Live Standup Comedy in HK

The live standup comedy scene in Hong Kong enables one to watch live comedy several nights a week if you are so inclined. Here we cover standup – there’s also a burgeoning improv scene. Note that as of December 2018, TakeOut Comedy on Elgin Street has stopped its open mics and public shows, unless its schedule indicates otherwise.

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In English

Sunday – on alternative Sundays, the bar Honi Honi in Central hosts a cabaret open mic which usually includes some comedians. It starts at 7.00 p.m. and entry is free.

Monday – there is open mic every Monday at Bar 109 in Wan Chai. It starts at 8.30 p.m. and this is now the biggest open mic in Hong Kong. There is no cover charge.

Tuesday – there is open mic on alternate Tuesdays at Aftermath bar, L/G, 57-59 Wyndham Street at 8 p.m. There is no cover charge.

Wednesday – HQ (third floor, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace) has lately been trying out an open mic comedy night, starting at 8.30. It is not scheduled every Wednesday. There is no cover charge.

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 and the Laugh Festival in September. Other festivals include the Magners International Comedy Festival.

In Chinese

The SCMP ran an article on the local Cantonese standup scene here.

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.


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