Feeling down? Turn to these stand up comedians in Singapore for a good laugh to brighten your day.
We love having a good laugh. Whether it’s playful jabs or jokes told over drinks, we’ll do anything for a chuckle. But for a true laugh marathon, you gotta find stand-up comedians in Singapore. Whether it’s at a comedy show or stumbling on a video of them, these pros can crack a joke on just about anything. From social issues to everyday observations, they use their wittiness to put hilarious spins on it. Need the 411 on local comedians? We got you.
Hilarious stand-up comedians in Singapore
1. Jacky Ng
If you find this face familiar, you might’ve seen his sketches floating around the internet. Jacky Ng started out as one of the youngest professional stand-up comedians in Singapore. Sifting through his life experiences, he sometimes makes use of self-deprecating humour that garners more than a chuckle from his audience. He hosts a biweekly pop-up comedy open mic “Jacky and Friends” with rotating line-ups at various locations. So if you wanna catch Jacky live, follow him on social media to see where he goes next!
2. Sharul Channa
Sharul Channa tried her hand at a three-minute open mic night at a comedy club, and the rest is history. She’s also a trained actress and one of the few female comedians in Asia. She jokes about struggles in the industry, being a “halal-certified” comedian (after she was given a halal certificate by the Malaysian content police), and her marriage with grace. Her delivery of jokes is punchy with a ton of vigour. But comedy isn’t just a career to Sharul. She makes use of her platform to highlight social issues in Singapore. One example is her performance co-created with Esplanade where she deconstructed misogyny at Indian weddings. Others include the troubles of low-income women in Singapore and complicated relationships with elders.
3. Sam See
If you haven’t heard of Sam See the comedian, where have you been? Having started comedy in 2012, Sam is a veteran in the local scene. He’s headlined shows in over 25 countries, has over five million views online, and even has his own Wikipedia page. Besides shows around Singapore, he’s also performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe and the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. With several twists and turns, you’ll never anticipate what Sam’s about to say next. His sharp wit is next to none, and he’ll charm you through his whole show – no matter which one you catch.
4. Sarah Peng
With four degrees under her belt, Sarah Peng is probably one of the smartest comedians in Singapore. Hailing from China, she’s been performing worldwide for almost a decade. She’s also a Tedx speaker. She speaks about her expertise as a female comedian doing English standups in China. Sarah believes that comedy can be a tool for cross-culture communication. This way, she connects people and the world. When she isn’t busy hosting her talk show, The Sarah Peng Show, she teaches law at a university. Told you she’s one of the smart ones!
5. Liam McDonald
You might know Liam McDonald by his stage name Lemon. He started comedy at 19 but only started headlining shows when he came to Singapore. He opened The Lemon Stand Comedy Club in 2022, and it’s since seen great success. It’s now become a hot spot for beginner and veteran comedy acts. Liam himself still does performances from time to time. He’s known for his clever mix of music and comedy which makes for a memorable performance.
6. Isaac Tay
Isaac Tay is one of the fresher regulars in the scene. Previously the co-founder of the now-defunct Honestbee, he also dabbles in comedy (he’s been doing it since 2013) and spends his free time travelling. While travelling through Thailand, China, Russia, and Germany, he performed at various clubs. While he doesn’t intend to pursue this as a full-time career yet, you can still catch him performing around the local comedy clubs.
7. Artur Akhmetzyanov
A Russian stand-up comedian in Singapore? That’s new. Artur Akhmetzyanov has made history by being Singapore’s first (and probably only) Russian comedian. Having performed live in Malaysia, Thailand, South Korea, and Japan, he’s got experience up the wazoo. He takes inspiration from his experiences in Singapore and blends them with his cultural background. He even does lessons on incorporating comedy into public speaking and brand storytelling.
8. Qamarul Haziq
Having started his comedy career in 2015, you know Qamarul Haziq’s got plenty of tricks up his sleeve. He jokes playfully about his experiences during National Service, secondary school and “setting a low bar” for his brothers. He’s headlined at The Lemon Stand Comedy Club, and appeared in Majulah Live x It’s a Rap and Comedy Central Asia. Catch him around the local scene at various live shows to hear more.
9. Collin Christopher
Collin Christopher is most well known for his deadpan delivery and dark humour. He’s been to multiple countries and was even the winner of the 2018 Magner’s International Comedy Competition. His mind often travels into dark and hilarious tangents. He’s unafraid to explore the realms of comedy, pushing the boundaries of jokes to their extreme. For sometimes genius and sometimes shock comedy material, he’s the one you turn to.
10. Shalynn Hobelsberger
Shalynn Hobelsberger is a woman of many hats, and one of those is a standup comedian. When she isn’t doing standup, she’s often emceeing for events. Her hosting experience ranges from being a TV presenter for NHK and Osaka Japan to corporate affairs for big brands. She’s even hosted an event in North Korea! Her entertainment factor extends well past the standup comedy scene. With each event she hosts, she brings in a sprinkle of fun to keep the energy upbeat.
11. Jinx Yeo
As one of the few full-time stand-up comedians in Singapore, we have to give a shoutout to Jinx Yeo. He’s sold out crowds in 22 countries including Australia, New Zealand, and Germany. His comical use of hand gestures adds to his entertainment value. Not to mention his charmingly colloquial delivery that leaves his audience in stitches. He performs regularly around Singapore, and you can check out his socials for his schedule.
12. Jocelyn Chia
Though currently not based in Singapore, Jocelyn Chia is a beloved figure in our comedy scene. She’s a former corporate attorney. However, she never felt that law was her true calling. After a couple of detours into journalism and even field hockey, Jocelyn kept finding her way back to her love for comedy. She taps into her experiences as an Asian woman living in the states to create her material. She’s living in New York now but makes trips back once in a while to see her family in Singapore.
13. Fakkah Fuzz
A comedic star that rose past the seriousness of Singapore and made a career of being chaotically hilarious, Fakkah Fuzz comes from humble beginnings. Going from hosting music gigs, he soon climbed the ranks with his heavy punchlines. Did we mention he’s the first Singaporean to get his very own Netflix comedy special? He’s also the host of the More Better Podcast where he chats with “interesting people about interesting things”. Guests include fellow comedian Sam See, actor Noah Yap, and local rapper Yung Raja.
14. Rishi Budhrani
If you find this face familiar, you might recognise Rishi Budhrani from his array of television appearances. These range from being a panellist for Singapore’s “Ok Chope” and when he hosted the National Day Parade in 2022. On top of being an incredibly talented host and actor, Rishi is also a standup comedian. He’s the first Singaporean to win the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition. We think it’s well deserved considering rave reviews from Rishi’s audience. His charisma knows no bounds and he continues to charm all ages with his theatrics.
We couldn’t have a list of comedians without including Kumar, who truly needs no introduction. He’s an iconic comic on the scene. On top of salacious jokes, hysterical acts, and political gags, Kumar is expressive and blatantly honest. Being at his show feels like listening to your friend gossip. It’s an effortless conversation that flows seamlessly from skit to skit. He makes comedy look easy with casual jokes that lead to uproars of laughter.
You don’t have to go far to get a laugh. Just seek out these stand-up comedians in Singapore!