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Tired of going to the cinema to watch the latest blockbuster every Friday? You should have a look at these live jazz venues and karaoke bars, or sign up for some creative courses in Hong Kong for a change of scenery. And if you fancy a great laugh, jokes are funnier when you hear them in person! We’ve scouted out the best places to catch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong. Whether you’re into lousy bad jokes or satirical humour, there’ll surely be something for you to chuckle about.
Where to catch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong
Hong Kong Fringe Club
If you’re looking for art exhibitions and stand-up comedy in Hong Kong, Hong Kong Fringe Club has to be on your radar. Being the ultimate cultural hub in the city, they’re currently hosting the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow Hong Kong until 15 July – exciting.
Hong Kong Fringe Club, 2 Lower Albert Road, Central, Hong Kong, p. 2521 7251, 中環下亞厘畢道2號
TakeOut Comedy Club
The Takeout Comedy Club has been one of the most prominent institutions for local comedic talent since 2007. As the first full-time comedy club in Asia, they hold regular English and Chinese stand-up comedy, including professional shows with American comedians, improv shows with Peoples Liberation Improv, as well as hosting the annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival every October.
TakeOut Comedy Club, 34 Elgin Street, Soho, Central, Hong Kong, p. 6220 4436, 中環蘇豪伊利近街34號
It’s Comedy Night every Monday at Bar 109! Not only can you enjoy its stand-up comedy shows in both English and Cantonese, it’s also open mic night – feel free to participate and tell your funny story. Remember, the show starts at 8.30pm sharp.
Bar 109, G/F, 109 Lockhart Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2861 3336, 灣仔駱克道109號地下
Aiming to be the home of live entertainment in Hong Kong, Italian restaurant Grappa’s Cellar offers a vast range of live gigs, stand-up comedy shows and even broadcasts major sporting events in the evenings. With a number of critically-acclaimed stand-up comedians visiting throughout the year, their live comedy shows are not to be missed.
Grappa’s Cellar, Basement 1, Jardine House,1 Connaught Place, Central, p. 2521 2322, 中環康樂廣場1號怡和大廈地庫1號舖
P&P Pinco Pallino
Italian restaurant P&P Pinco Pallino in Sheung Wan hosts irregular open-mic and comedy performances, and last time it was in collaboration with the fund-raising event Drink for Justice. Even though it was a one-off event, we hope there will be more in the future, as you won’t want to miss their tasty wine!
P&P Pinco Pallino, G/F, 6 Po Yan Street, Sheung Wan, Hong Kong, p. 9153 7186, 上環普仁街6號
The Punchline Comedy Club presents a great selection of comedy shows at Pan-Asian restaurant Tamarind in Wan Chai. You’ll be granted a view of Hong Kong’s spectacular skyline, delicious Thai, Indian and Vietnamese cuisine, and a night of laughter, no matter what the show, so keep an eye on Facebook for details.
Tamarind, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Centre, 30 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong, p. 2827 7777, 灣仔港灣道30號新鴻基中心2樓
Excited to catch stand-up comedy in Hong Kong and looking for more fun things to do? Try ice skating in Hong Kong, see why we enjoy camping in Tap Mun or check out the anime heaven Sino Centre in Mong Kok.