Shanghai's stand-up comedy scene is absolutely booming and has established itself as one of the best in Asia. Attracting heaps of international talent such as Russell Howard
, Bill Bailey
and Mark Normand
and more recently the likes of Theo Von
and Dean Edwards
, performing in Shanghai is as popular with professional comics as ever.
As well as shows with the pros, there is also a hotbed of local amateur talent, plying their trade on a weekly basis at open mics all across the city. Laughter is also a great stress reliever
, so hitting up a comedy show is the perfect remedy after a tough day at work.
Now, remember, open mic is free for a reason – you have no idea who is going to turn up, how good they are, or what they're going to say. You may see a comic at the top of their game or a complete novice bombing. You'll probably end up sitting through a lot of squat toilet and 'China is different to America, huh?' jokes, but, at the end of the day, you're going to get your money's worth.
Here are the best places to get laughs for free and watch local up-and-coming comics work on their acts and, if you're lucky, there might be the occasional big name dropping in.