Feeling tired and stressed out because of work and in need for some giggles? Laughter is the perfect way to get rid of tension and these venues in Hong Kong are here to provide the perfect remedy for you to relax, unwind and guffaw your way through the night, any time of the week you need it! Scroll down the list to see our picks on where you can enjoy some of the best comedy shows put on by veterans in the field or-if you are feeling adventurous enough- even test some of your own jokes on the crowd. By Ananta Agarwal
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Where to go for your comedy fix
Take Out Comedy club, one of the rare full-time comedy clubs in Hong Kong, brings in not only overseas talent to its venue in Central but also nurtures amateurs and local talent at open mic nights on Tuesdays. Though the club itself is a regular hub of laughter, especially on weekends, founder Jamie Gong also organizes private comedy shows on demand and provides comedy classes to the bright-eyed hopefuls looking to break into the local scene. Check out upcoming events here
This decades-old comedy organisation has developed a large audience by bringing in some of the most renowned comedians from The West. Founded by John Moorehead, Punchline regularly organizes some of the most hilarious shows in venues across Hong Kong, so you can always count on them to beat those weekday blues. Secure a seat in the venues early enough and you can sometimes enjoy happy hour drinks in the evening before being reduced to peals of laughter at night. Check out the line-up here.
One of the best gay bars in Hong Kong, FLM is the newest venue providing good comedy. Every Wednesday the bar hosts an open mic night where both veterans and amateurs get a chance to amp up the fun with their best jokes. Free for all, the shows are perfect for anyone looking for some giggles during a weekday slump without making a dent in their pockets. Stay back after the show to dance the night away on free vodka mixers too!
Feeling down in the dumps because it’s Monday again? Head to Bar 109 and laugh your gloom away on its open mic night. Every Monday the venue lets both seasoned comics and amateurs step on the stage and test their jokes on the crowd. First timers can calm their frazzled nerves with a complimentary beer while the rest of us get to sit back and enjoy the show, starting 8 pm.
Usually a live music lounge, quite often Mudita also turns into a hub of hilarity. Good old professionals of the local comedy circuit take to the stage to have the audience roaring with laughter. The entertainment usually comes with a free drink of your choice and 50% off the standard drinks menu, if that one glass didn’t quite do the trick in helping you unwind after a stressful day at work. For details on their next comedy show keep an eye on their Facebook page.
Having opened just a year ago, the Aftermath is on its way to becoming a regular fixture on the comedy scene in Hong Kong. Known as much for its live music events and art exhibitions, the bar also hosts regular open mic nights every Tuesday. Featuring regularly some of the best comedians in Hong Kong, it also allows first timers to try their hand in entertaining the crowd.