Laugh till your sides split at these bars in Singapore that hosts great comedy acts — doctor's orders!
They say laughter is the best medicine, and we’ve got just the prescription for you right here — comedy nights. Gather the troops for a drinking and laughing sesh at these bars that host hilarious stand-up comedy shows in Singapore. From slapstick jokes to humour as dry as your martini, get ready for some belly laughs.
Comedy at Canvas
Singapore’s most iconic drag queen comic, Kumar, needs no introduction. His stand-up shows are studded with political gags and dirty jokes. Want to catch this local legend live? Head down to Comedy at Canvas every Tuesday for an evening of irreverence and cheap tipples, thanks to Canvas’ happy hour that runs ’til 9pm.
Comedy at Canvas,#B1-01 The Riverwalk, 20 Upper Circular Road, Singapore 058416, p. 6538 2928
Molly’s Craic Den
Slay the Monday blues with this New Joke Night at Molly Malone’s! Singapore’s only free regular open-mic comedy will feature seasoned comedians as well as newcomers. Want to see if you’ve got what it takes to do stand-up comedy? Take to the stage and share all those jokes your colleagues have been rolling their eyes at; this is comedy at its most raw.
Molly’s Craic Den, Level 3 Molly Malone’s, 56 Circular Road, Singapore 049411, p. 6536 2029
Tickle your funny bone with Comedy Masala, a series of open-mic sessions started by hilarious Pakistani stand-up personality, Umar Rana. Arguably the hottest comedy night along Boat Quay, it has seen famous stand-up comedians from all over the world gracing the stage. If you’re perfectly capable of laughing at yourself, take a seat at the front – you’ll most certainly find yourself the target of some good-natured ribbing.
Comedy Masala, Hero’s, 69 Circular Road, Singapore 049423, p. 8525 7414
Talk Cock Comedy
Curated by the brilliant comedy guru, Jonathan Atherton, Singapore’s original open-mic comedy night features renowned stand-up comedians as well as up-and-coming ones on their stage. Think you’ve got what it takes to get the crowd rolling with laughter? Book a five-minute spot on stage with the promoters. Keep an eye out on their Facebook page for information on weekly shows, alongside special guest comedy appearances.
Talk Cock Comedy, various locations.
The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe and Bar
This is the only venue in Singapore that does comedy full-time. Yes, we’re talking weekly open mic sessions and comedy stand-up shows featuring local, regional and international acts that will leave you in stitches! Great for a night out too; throw a bit of banter with the mates over drinks and some tasty bar grub at the Cash Bar.
The Merry Lion Comedy Cafe and Bar, Level 3, 8B Circular Road, Singapore 049364
Chandler’s Comedy Night
Fans of the hit comedy sitcom Friends (all 10 seasons now streaming on Netflix, guys!) can soak up the eerily similar set of Central Perk and loosen up at Chandler’s Comedy Night. Aptly named after “the funny one”, expect more than a staggering list of one-liners as comedy night at this cafe refreshes its lineup of guest comedians to keep the laughs rolling. Keep an eye out for a Kumar cameo!
Chandler’s Comedy Night, #01-01, Central Mall, 1 Magazine Road, Singapore 059567
Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival
If you’ve got a knack for witty punchlines or looking for comedy inspo for your can of HA-HAs, try not to miss this festival of laughs. The annual event celebrates the art of stand-up comedy — with over 20 comics performing in 14 shows over three days last year! The previous line-up was nothing short of stellar, and we’re hoping for more roasts served cold (and thing-slapping funny) this year. Festival alumni include award-winning acts from Singapore and across the border such as Malaysia’s Harith Iskandar, Ireland’s Jimeoin, New Zealand’s Jarred Fell, and of course Singapore’s very own Kumar.
Singapore Comedy Fringe Festival, follow its Facebook page for updates on the next festival dates and venues