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.
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. 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. You can bring your own drinks with no cover charge.
Wednesday – HQ (third floor, 1 Lyndhurst Terrace) has lately been trying out an open mic comedy night, starting at 8.30.
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.
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.