Long-running improv act Whose Line Is It Anyway is in town on Friday and Saturday. Steven Steen and Stephen Frost from the UK version are performing along with improv comedians Ian Coppinger and Andy Smart. They're at Zapata's at 8pm on Friday night and Kerry Hotel 7pm on Saturday night. Tickets are 290rmb at the door, but might sell out.
Here's Steen and Frost together on an episode of the Whose Line Is It Anyway TV show.
Also happening Friday and Saturday night is Wil Sylvince's stand-up performance the Kung Fu Komedy Club. He's been featured on Showtime, Comedy Central, HBO's Def Comedy Jam, and used to write for the Chappelle's Show. Expect some edgy social commentary with this one. Tickets for these are 170rmb pre-sale or 200rmb at the door. Here's Sylvince performing in Sydney in 2014.
Then on Sunday night, Kung Fu Komedy Club has their weekly open mic night that's been running for a year at Into Ark in Sinan Mansions. At these, up to 12 amateur comics get five minute spots with local comedian Paul Johnson hosting. The crowd is generally a lot of young people and some other aspiring comics, and it's a free to attend and perform. You'll need to sign up the day before if you want to tell jokes though. The open mic night goes from 7-8.45pm and also happens on Wednesdays.