Comedy clubs are having a moment in Bangkok

More top international comedians are dropping into the Thai capital

Comedy Club Bangkok

The Comedy Club Bangkok at the Thai capital makes its home above the popular Royal Oak pub on Sukhumvit Soi 33/1. Along with regular stand-up, the club hosts themed improv and sketch shows as well as workshops on the weekends. Co-founder Chris Wegoda, an actor and comedian himself, books a diverse range of acts, from up-and-coming comics to seasoned international names. Shows are on Fridays at 8.30pm.

Khaosan Comedy Club

Since November 2018, the Khaosan Comedy Club, located in an 80-seat ground-floor room in the rear of Khaosan Park Hotel, has been ambitiously presenting stand-up seven nights a week. US-born comedian Jonathan Samson, the club’s creative director, points out that, “unlikely friendships are frequently made by people hanging out after the shows”. Things get underway at 9pm and admission (and a drink) is THB200 (about ₱300). Performers range from Bangkok regulars trying out new material, to spirited amateurs who love the “anything goes” nature of the venue.

Raw Comedy @ Live Lounge

On Wednesdays at 8pm, the Live Lounge (above The Sportsman bar on Sukhumvit Soi 13) presents the raucous Raw Comedy open mic night. “It’s a platform for newcomers to try comedy, and for experienced comics to work out new jokes, so the comedy is usually raw, unpolished material. Our shows are also raw in the sense that they’re uncensored and unapologetic,” says Canadian comic Justin St Denis, the club’s co-founder and artistic director.

This article first appeared in the July 2019 issue of Smile magazine.

Written by

Bruce Scott

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