The Comedy Club Bangkok
“During the two-year hiatus we’ve been keeping comically fit, working behind the scenes, and planning for the re-opening of The Comedy Club. We’ve already started our gigs again, since late January, and I’m happy to say all our regulars have returned, telling us how much they’ve missed the shows.
The ball has really started rolling now and we are once more having weekly shows, check our social media sites. We’re very excited for 2022, hopefully things will settle down quickly now, and we will soon be back at full strength. A good hearty laugh is great for the lungs!
Expect our usual top-quality live presentations with all our usual staples; stand-up comedy, open mics, showcases and headliner shows, plus ‘improv comedy gold’ with the much-loved Tinder and Deathmatch shows. All of this, along with the workshops – which are attracting newcomers all the time – we’re really looking forward to bringing back the laughs into Bangkok!’
It’s been fun starting everything up again, and there will soon be new specials in the pipeline, and headliner shows, plus brand-new improv gigs. What’s more we now have a regular Monday night comedy meet-up for anyone wanting to get a taste of making up comedy on the spot … for free!’
As the restrictions on entry are increasingly being relaxed, we have a selection of huge international comedians set for 2022 … think Netflix and movie-star level comedians. They will be coming to do shows at some of Bangkok’s best concert venues. I can’t divulge any more than that right now, but with any luck this could well be our biggest year yet. And the buzz is already out that we will be opening some new smaller venues around town, so keep your eyes peeled! You heard it here first!”
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Khaosan Comedy Club /
Somtam Comedy Club
“During the enforced downtime, with the curfew and lockdowns, and with little to do I turned to Tik Tok, the video sharing app. I’ve helped to make it popular with Thai comedians, and it’s become the first regularly streamed live Thai comedy show. My Tik Tok name is Jonny Nanachart.
Now that I have a large online following within the Thai community, I suspect I'll soon be able to have more Thai performers becoming involved in stand-up comedy or improv, and the plan is to introduce late shows in Thai at Khaosan Comedy Club, but still producing the daily shows in English. I've also traveled to America and performed in Boston and NYC, making many new connections that will help me to bring the best and brightest of US comedy to Bangkok and Asia. I've also done a fair amount of TV work during the pandemic, most frequently on ‘Chris Jobs’ a comedy edutainment show on TPBS.’
As Jonathan Samson I’ve been a stalwart of the stand-up scene for many years, and as Jonny Nanachart I’m best known for Thai language comedy, and acting. I play a major part in the movie ‘Love Destiny’ which has been adapted for the big screen from Thailand's blockbuster television series of the same name. It’s being released in theaters this May.
Speaking both Thai and English, I’ve appeared in any number of Thai TV shows, and I’ve mentored or coached a good number of local comedians. Bangkok’s first weekly open mic came at the Khaosan venue; it had the first improv troupe; and it was the first seven days a week English language comedy club in all of Asia. The Khaosan Comedy Club was forced to shut down due to Covid measures, and it’s now looking for a new home. In the meantime, we have recently opened Thailand's first fully bilingual comedy venue, the Somtam Comedy Club.
On Tik Tok's live streaming platform, doing shows that lasted up to eight hours, I attracted nearly a quarter million online followers. As a result of this I’ve now been appointed to the post of International Public Relations Officer for the National Comedy Association of Thailand.
Perhaps most importantly (for the club), we are planning a ‘Staying-in-business Sale’ that will see offers such as discounted pre-sale tickets, specially created and designed shirts, and other collectable stuff. Drop by, and help to ensure the club can afford its rent for the first few months, before the tourism sector really starts to kick in again.
‘Somtam Comedy Club can be found in Bangkok at 8/73 Ratchada Road, on the intersection of Ratchada and Ladprao roads. You can enjoy weekly comedy shows in both Thai and English, with the kitchen offering up delicious somtam and other Isaan classics. And freshly baked bread made in-house.’
Chris Raufeisen and Justin St:
“RAW Comedy, at our club in The Sportsman building, central Bangkok, has already started to ramp up the fun again, by putting on over a dozen events in downtown Bangkok since the end of lockdown.
Right now, RAW Comedy open mic is once again revving up the action every Wednesday night. We have also been supporting New York Comedy at P.J. O’Brien's, with professional showcases every Thursday, run by fellow comedian Lex Morales. We plan to write more than ever and continue promoting the best stand-up we can, as often as we can.
We’re going to produce special events at other venues in Bangkok, and showcase what we have to offer at other expat-heavy cities outside Bangkok, too. We recently had a show in Chiang Mai. Many thanks to our man on the ground there, Ian Harvey Stone, along with the city’s talented local performers. Maybe Bangkok will soon see some of these provincial rising stars. We’ll also be supporting fellow comedian Ric Diez with his alt comedy experience in Bangkok: Broken Souls, Broken Toys, and Secret Sessions.
Production of the RAW Comedy Podcast has been spearheaded by Chris - a fun, original and engaging series of hilarious discussions, typically starring Bangkok comedians Chris, Justin, Ric Diez, and Lex Morales. Audio-only versions of the show are also available on Apple Podcasts and Spotify.
We talk about life in Thailand, current events, history, relationships, and just about anything else. The conversations are usually extremely immature, giving viewers an inside look at what it’s like to hang out with comedians. We recently had our great friend and YouTube sensation, comedy magician Charles The French as a guest, and we’ll be looking to have more special guests on the show in the future.
As soon as we’re allowed to, we’ll be picking up right where we left off, putting on our weekly open mic show every Wednesday at the Live Lounge as well as other specially curated shows in Bangkok and other cities in Thailand (Chiang Mai, Hua Hin, Pattaya, and Phuket).
We’re also hoping to put on a Christmas-themed musical comedy show extravaganza in late December. And there’ll be Roast Battles, Game Shows, and other themed comedy events coming up at regular intervals throughout the year.
Aside from that, we’ve been spending the downtime writing a bunch of new jokes. But standup is a weird art form. You need an audience to practice on and refine your jokes, and that’s exactly what our open mic offers. We can’t wait to get back on stage and see our audiences again, many of whom have become friends.
Stay tuned for more weekly comedy, themed shows, and monthly showcases in cities around Thailand, powered by RAW. Any new potential collaborators or performers are encouraged to reach out to us, we’re always searching for new places to welcome us into their bosom … to keep growing the Thailand standup comedy brand.
Raw Comedy - 200 baht Entry, pints begin at 119 baht, and small bottles at 99 baht.
2nd floor Sportsmans Bar, BTS Nana, Wednesdays 8PM
Lex Morales: New York Comedy / Bangkok Comedy
“I came to Asia to see what the growing scene was doing and stayed in Bangkok because of the amazing talent here. Before coming I was touring across America, and worked with a lot of other professional comedians. There are so many talented performers here that don't get looked at (or paid) as professionals. This is what I have been working on over the past 12 months.
I teamed up with both Raw and Stagetime to facilitate this. I also have to give a shout out to Delfin Solomon and Bangkok Hilarious for the support he has given me.
Matt Wharf gave me access to the Stagetime community, and has been one of my most supportive friends here in Bangkok. In fact he was the first person to have me up on stage here in the city I now call home. Thanks, Matt!’
Raw Open mic is the only real open mic in the city. An open mic should be a real ‘OPEN MIC’ where anyone can come on stage and try out their chops, and also be allowed to fail. To take a chance. Learn from their mistakes. What Justin and Chris have done throughout Covid should really be applauded. They provided a weekly space to practice in, when no one else would do it … for the people who really care about their art to have a stage to work on and hone their skills, even when they weren't allowed to have an audience.
What I’m trying to do is to encourage those guys that are ready – and those that are closer than even they themselves realise – to have a pathway to make it an actual career. I have been a comedian for close to 20 years now, and sadly one of the things I have noticed is that once a booker sees a comedian as an open mic'er, they stay in that box.’
New York Comedy is a show, yes, but it’s a professional show in the same way that you will see in the comedy clubs of America. It allows for the comedians we have here to grow. Working closely with all the clubs I have associations with, it allows the comedians who are learning their skills as they go along to step up to the next level.’
The community here that I work with decided to band together and create the collective Bangkok Comedy. We are based above PJ O'Brien's Irish Bistro in Phrakhanong (across the street from the W District). Here we will host NY Comedy – the only professional weekly show in Bangkok – every Thursday. I now have the intention of bringing over my working comedian colleagues from the US to Thailand, once restrictions are removed and travel becomes easier again. These are comics you might not have heard of, but they’re all killers in their own right.
Hopefully fans of stand-up comedy here in Bangkok will see the excitement in what we’re doing, and come to join in the fun. Everyone is most welcome. Let’s all start to enjoy ourselves again. It’s about time!’
NewYork Comedy - 300 Baht Entry, 2nd Floor of P.J. O’Brien’s, BTS Phra Khanong, Thursdays 8pm
Delfin Solomon: Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club
“Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club is Thailand's longest running comedy collective, active since 2012. We organise stand-up comedy shows, trivia nights, and game shows. We are also affiliated with The Comedy Den Pakkret and the Bangkok International Comedy Competition, both of which are currently on standby.
Our comedy shows have featured popular local performers, to famous professional comedians such as Ahmed Ahmed, Gina Yashere, Paul Morrissey, and Matt Davis. Regarding our future plans as freedoms are returned, and Covid restrictions dwindle, we are right now putting on local shows once a month, on Tuesdays, which we have dubbed ‘Lady Laughs’.
They are shows featuring only lady performers, and they’re proving really popular with the Bangkok audiences. Towards the end of the year we plan to have special showcases with headlining comedians from several different overseas countries. Keep an eye on our Facebook page.’
Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club / Lady Laughs
The Hive, Thonglor Soi 49
Facebook – Bangkok Hilarious Comedy Club