HK Comedy Competition 2014: Isaac Tay

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.

ISAAC TAY

Isaac Tay

Comedy Career:  1 year
Comedy Home Base:  Singapore
Recommended Comedians: Ronny Chieng
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  Anything by George Carlin

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
It’s growing. We have many awesome senior comedians here who have blazed a trail in front of us newbies, creating the spaces and audience for us to perform.

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
I go to the toilet a lot.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
This will be my first time in Hong Kong. Really excited about visiting the city. I have heard so many wonderful things about the comedians performing in Hong Kong and the space created for performers at the TakeOut Comedy Club. Frankly, just want to soak up all the atmosphere and enjoy everyone’s performances. Nick Milnes came to Singapore recently and it would be great fun to share the stage with him again.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
To be honest, I will be flying into Hong Kong straight from my honeymoon so you can expect a very happy me!

Who would you like to see in the 2014 competition who did not make the final lineup?
You know… I’m greedy. I would love to watch everyone who has been performing in Hong Kong.

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
Write more. And be disciplined about writing daily.

Come on out and see Isaac Tay 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: Hugh Somerset

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.

HUGH SOMERSET

hugh somerset

Comedy Career:  8 Months
Comedy Home Base:  Hong Kong
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  Lee Mack – Live at the Apollo

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
All the people are really friendly and supportive, especially at the very beginning. I perform on stage once or twice a week, I try to never go a week without performing.

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
I don’t think about the show until I am at the venue, I like to stay occupied with other things. Once I am at the venue I don’t take a drink from anything including water because I feel constantly hydrating myself makes be too comfortable and I won’t give it my best on stage.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
I’m really looking forwards to Tamby’s and Sean’s set because they’re writing all the time and have so many jokes it would be cool to see which ones make the competition set. Also I’m looking forwards to watching those coming from other countries because it’s always fun watching completely new sets.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
Most my jokes are about being 15, I talk a lot about my parents and puberty.

Who would you like to see in the 2014 competition who did not make the final lineup?
Louis CK and Sarah Silverman.

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
I want to keep doing regular sets and write more jokes for more variety in my sets.

Come on out and see Hugh Somerset compete on Friday September 26th at 9pm at TakeOut Comedy.  See the full list of the 2014 competitors on Comedy HK

HK Comedy Competition 2014: Garron Chiu

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.

GARRON CHIU

Garron Chiu

Garron Chiu

Comedy Career:  2 years
Comedy Home Base:  Hong Kong
Recommended Comedians: Brad Williams, Ari Shaffir, Ali Wong, John Mulaney, Hannibal Burress
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  John Mulaney “New in Town”, Hannibal Burress “Live From Chicago”
Twitter/Instagram:  @iamgarron

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
Comedy scene in Hong Kong is great! People are generally pretty close and friendly, and there’s enough opportunity where if this is something you take seriously, you can a lot of really quality stage time. Diverse, smart crowds + comedians with interesting worldviews creates a perfect combination for a really good scene. Depending on my schedule, I am probably up 3-5 times a week on average (including chinese shows).

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
Empty my pockets, and do a lot of stretching. In comedy and other public speaking ventures I like to stay light and loose. If it’s a long or high pressure set I’ll also chug a red bull.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
I’m always looking forward to just watching the international guys, particularly ones I’ve never seen. That being said, of guys I have seen that I am excited about, I’m really looking forward to watching Zenjiro, Red Ollero and William Childress; I’ve seen all 3 absolutely have the crowd in stitches, so will be interested in seeing what they can bring this year.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
A lot of laughs and a little bit of bad relationship advice.

Who would you like to see in the 2014 competition who did not make the final lineup?
Alex Calleja. He sent in his application too late. He’s almost a pseudo-celebrity in Manilla now, and the last time I did a show with him in Olongapo City, he headlined, didn’t get on stage till 1:30 (and not a SINGLE audience member left because they wanted to see him), did 30 and absolutely dominated that crowd. A few of my comedian friends did another show with him in Angeles, and said the same thing. I guess he can be best described as the Filipino Vivek….on second thought, I’m glad he didn’t make it.

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
ust to get funnier, gig more around the world, and improve my stage stamina (aiming to be able to do consistent 20′s).

Come on out and see Garron Chiu 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: Andrew Neman

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.

ANDREW NEWMAN

Andrew Newman

Comedy Career:  1.5 Years
Comedy Home Base:  Hong Kong
Recommended Comedians: Sarah Silverman, Chris DiStefano, Nikki Glaser, Dave Attell, Kurt Metzger, Ari Shaffir, Jay Oakerson
Recommended Comedy Albums / Specials:  Anthony Jeselnik Shakespeare, Mitch Hedberg Strategic Grill Placement, Dave Attell Skanks for all the Memories, Jim Norton American Degenerate, Doug Stanhope No Refunds
Twitter: @ANewmanEsq

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
As the other 16 HK based comics that are in the competition will tell you, the SAR is a great place to do comedy. Everyone knows everyone and stage time is easy to come by. I try to perform at least once a week, whether it be an open mic or a showcase.

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
I usually write my set-list on my hand and anxiously pace around the venue until the moment I take the stage.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
Any and all non-HK comics….and all the HK comics. So all of them.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
Jokes with more jokes.

Who would you like to see in the 2014 competition who did not make the final lineup?
I would have loved to have seen a comedian from the Korea expat comedy scene in the final lineup. Stand Up Seoul gave me my start with performing in front of live audiences and that scene has a special place in my heart. More importantly, there are many gifted writers and performers in Seoul that could kill any and every room here in HK.

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
My plan is to do some more touring around the different comedy rooms in Asia and hopefully get some more stage time with visiting pro comics from the States.

Come on out and see Andrew Newman compete on Friday September 26th at 9pm at TakeOut Comedy.  See the full list of the 2014 competitors on Comedy HK

HK Comedy Competition 2014: Pete Grella

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.

PETE GRELLA

Pete Grella

Comedy Career:  5 years (standup), 5.5 years (improv)
Comedy Home Base:Hong Kong
Twitter: @PeteGrella
Website:  www.petegrella.com

Q&A with Comedy HK

What is the comedy scene like where you’re from?
The scene here is growing well and is diversifying quite nicely. I am usually on stage performing 3-4 nights per week.

What pre-show rituals do you do to get ready to perform?
I like to chill out for a while before a show, just clear my thoughts and get to a calm state of mind. I do like to sit in the audience in the wings, watching the show and other comedians to make mental notes on the crowd, what is working/not working, general vibe, etc. Then, as my spot gets closer I like to “ramp” back up again by listening to something loud and heavy, until right before I go onstage when I focus and try to put everything else back out of my mind while keeping the high energy level.

Which competitors are you most looking forward to watching?
I know this will sound corny, but I’m looking forward to seeing everyone. There are a lot of new competitors this year, and I’m excited to see them; and I’m also looking forward to seeing what the repeat competitors bring this year.

What can the crowds expect from you in this years competition?
Same jokes as last year, but now I have a beard…

Looking forward, what are some of your comedy goals for 2015?
I’d like to perform in more places around Asia.

Come on out and see Pete Grella compete on Friday September 26th at 9pm at TakeOut Comedy.  See the full list of the 2014 competitors on Comedy HK