Saturday, 3 September 2016

Good Laughs

Saturday night was filled with laughs thanks to comedy night in Wan Chai
I just came back from Tamarind restaurant in Wan Chai which held a comedy night put on by Punchline Comedy Club.

A colleague, his girlfriend and I arrived earlier for a bite to eat at the buffet... a pan-Asian selection of food, mostly samosas, chicken tikka, vegetarian curry, naan bread and salad, where we ate under really bad lighting.

Then about 8.20pm, we got up to the main area, where seats were set up theatre style, and we managed to get three seats in a window alcove as if we were in our own little box.

Maff Brown warmed up the audience...
This proved to be the best move, as the rest of the seats were crammed together, and there was hardly any room for people to get in and out.

The first comedian was Maff Brown from the UK and he spoke very fast so sometimes the audience had a delayed reaction to his jokes, or the jokes themselves were so bizarre, it took a second to process what he'd said.

Many of the jokes were related to sex, like shagging a friend's mother, or how his girlfriend is keen to get pregnant, but he's not interested in kids. He'd make fun of audience members, like right in the beginning, one woman near the front, who seemed to get his jokes much later than everyone else, so he'd periodically check to see if she was on the same page.

After a break, Stephen K Amos came on, with a very warm welcome from the audience. He too made fun of people, like a 22-year-old who had no idea what Amos was talking about when he said he used to be a DJ and would carry around a turntable to his friend's place but instead brought the sewing machine. And it was a Singer. Bada-boom.

He talked about his family, how there were eight children, and he has a twin sister. He'd joke that his mother complained about making her life hell, and how his father made them run faster by taking off his belt...

... followed by Stephen K Amo's routine, touching on racism
Jokes aside, Amos also wanted to add a measure of seriousness, with a message, saying that on social media we have to think about what we say online and not just react to what people post or say.

He gave examples of how some comments can be what he calls "casual racism". Amos said he didn't want to be called black, but that he was Stephen. Sometimes this is hard for people to understand or realize, but people are people, no matter who they are or where they came from.

The whole evening was full of good laughs which gave the abs a good workout. Laughing is a wonderful stress reliever and we definitely chilled out afterwards.

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