HK Comedy Competition 2014: Zenjiro

In its eighth season, the HK Comedy Competition kicks off Thursday September 25th. Comedy HK caught up with this years competitors to get a preview of the action to come. Join our mailing list and don’t miss any of the great shows coming to Hong Kong.

ZENJIRO

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Comedy Career:  28 years.  17 years performing in English years with kids’ parties and circus shows; 7 years as a standup comedian
Comedy Home Base:  Japan
Recommended Comedians:  Mr Zed, Comedy Robot
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  Ryutarou Kamioka, Danshi Tatekawa, Lenny Bruce
Twitter: @Zenjiro
Website:
 www.zenjiro.com

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
I often perform 8 times a month.  In Japan there are a lot of comedians.  I like community of Japanese comedian because they are a kind soul, smart and having a lot of traditional culture.  Japanese comedy is really family atmosphere.  Because we don’t understand English in Japan, there are few comedians to perform in English. Those that perform are the few foreigners who live in Tokyo.  They make some jokes to release one’s pent‐up frustration in Japan.  They really try to make some jokes in English about Tokyo.  This will be my first time to perform in English in a western country.

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
I usually just have something light to eat, listen to some of the tunes from the show and work on getting in character and relaxing.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
I want to see two comedians.  First is an Indian comedian who name is Atul Khatri. The next is Captain Khalid of Malaysia/Tanzania.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
They can expect the laughter of Japan and sarcastic jokes.

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
If I win in this competition, I want to go on a comedy club tour of the United States.

Come on out and see ZENJIRO compete on Thursday September 25th at 9pm at TakeOut Comedy.  See the full list of the 2014 competitors on Comedy HK

HK Comedy Competition 2014: Big Ben The Funnyman

In its eighth season, the HK Comedy Competition kicks off Thursday September 25th. Comedy HK caught up with this years competitors to get a preview of the action to come. Join our mailing list and don’t miss any of the great shows coming to Hong Kong.

BIG BEN THE FUNNYMAN

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Comedy Career:  20 years with kids’ parties and circus shows; 7 years as a standup comedian
Comedy Home Base:  Hong Kong
Recommended Comedians:  Louis C.K.Phil Nichol, Doctor Brown (by Phil Burgers), and The Boy With Tape on his Face
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  The Comedian’s Comedian podcast
Website:  www.thebigbenshow.com

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
I perform standup in Hong Kong 2 to 4 times a week.  The comedy scene is growing here, with open mics and shows every day, Monday to Saturday.  Unfortunately, I think it’s still impossible for someone to make a living as a standup comedian in Hong Kong.  I make my money doing children’s birthday parties, and the occasional shopping centre, or corporate show.  I’ve been doing these kinds of circus shows full time for 20 years now, and I’d hoped standup comedy would start bringing in some money as well.  It hasn’t yet, but who knows?  In 2006 there was no comedy scene in Hong Kong.  Now there is. Maybe in another 8 years standup will become a viable career in this region.

 

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
For some reason, I really like to lie right back on a chair: just lean my head right back and then stick my legs out as far across the room as possible. Thus trying to affect an air of complete nonchalance.

 

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
Honestly, I don’t really like to watch the other the comics during a competition.  They’re all getting to be so good, it just makes me nervous.  On the other hand, I do think the best way to “do” a standup comedy competition is go there aiming to enjoy it, so I’m really going to try and do that.  The competitors I will most look forward to seeing are the ones from overseas.  It’s great to meet other comedians and watch routines that I haven’t seen before.

 

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
I have a gag where I squeeze my head inside a condom.  I wasn’t planning on doing it again at a competition, but it’s still one of my best bits so I may decide to bring it back.  What do you think?  I might just decide on the night whether to do it or not.

 

Who would you like to see in the 2014 competition who did not make the final lineup?
There are so many good comedians in Hong Kong now. I guess it’s impossible to fit them all into the competition every year.

 

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
I can never really make my mind up.  Should I go for more of the manic, high energy gags like the condom trick, or should I work on a slicker verbal joke based routine?  Does anyone have any advice for me?  A different goal would be to include some standup material into kids’ birthday party shows.  I think this would benefit both sides of my career: both my kids shows and my standup shows.  And of course, I am still hoping that one day I will start making some regular money from standup.
Come on out and see Big Ben compete on Saturday September 27th at 9pm at TakeOut Comedy.  See the full list of the 2014 competitors on Comedy HK

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