Comedy in Hawaii: Where to go for laughs
Mars Comedy Open Mic Comedy Night and Karaoke
Hang out with some of Hawaii's future stand-up comedy stars as they massage new jokes and hone their acts, while customers lounge in a cozy setting with a full bar and ono food. Local group Mars Comedy helps to develop and promote the local stand-up comedy scene through live shows, audio podcasts and videos.
Mondays at 7:30 p.m. (comedian sign-up at 7 p.m.) at Edge Bar, 1661 Kapiolani Blvd., behind Jazz Minds, $5 cover (free for performers), marscomedy.com, 779-5579.
Mr. Aaron Presents Comedy Showcase
Second and last Tuesdays; First and third Thursdays
Mr. Aaron Presents coordinates stand-up comics and improv teams around town and features Hawaii's only improv game show. Started in 2011 to promote a monthly comedy show, it quickly expanded to weekly events showcasing both well-known and up-and-coming comedians.
Second and last Tuesdays of month at 7:30 p.m. at Hawaiian Brian's, 1680 Kapiolani Blvd., $5 cover; Open Mic, first and third Thursdays of month at 8:30 p.m. (comedian sign-up at 7:30 p.m.) at Station Bar & Lounge, 1726 Kapiolani Blvd., free cover; brownpapertickets.com/profile/126865 or facebook.com/mraaronpresents, 728-7146.
ComedyHawaii Showcase and Open Mic
Bar Seven Comedy Club features the HAHA Happy Hour till midnight with some of the hottest local comedic talent. Also look out for their special events: the Comedy Bowl, the ComedyHawaii Dating Game and the Comedy Luau.
Thursdays at 9:30 p.m. at Bar Seven Comedy Club, 1349 Kapiolani Blvd., $5 cover, comedyhawaii.com, 699-9120.
Jose Dynamite and Friends Comedy Show
Fridays, except first Friday
Jose Dynamite is a Hawaii-based stand-up comedian and radio personality who's been an opening act for Augie T. since 2004. The show features three different local comedians each week, with Dynamite as host and headliner. Dynamite's ethnically diverse humor features such comedy-laden topics as his bizarre "Joke of the Day," his girlfriend who's a single mom and who is also "FBI" (from the Big Island), and what it's like to play scrabble in Pidgin.
Every Friday except First Fridays at 7:30 p.m. at O'Toole's Irish Pub, 902 Nuuanu Ave., $10 cover, facebook.com/ComedianJoseDynamite, 391-5673, text the word "LOL" to the number 96821 to get the weekly line-up and updates.
Jackie M. Young has been a freelance writer since 2007, and has been involved in acting, radio and TV for many years. She is a UH graduate.
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