Joe Klocek was runner-up in The San Francisco International Comedy Competition and a commentator on the Emmy-winning documentary about the San Francisco Bay Bridge ‘The Bridge So Far’. He’s been described as a square peg in a round hole sort of guy. You can find out why tonight at the Kung-fu Komedy Club. Get a little acquainted with him here…
Shanghaiist: Where does that name come from, Klocek?
Joe Klocek: Its a Polish name. It actually means, little block of wood. You can make just about a hundred jokes from that.
SHist: How would you describe your stand up comedy?
JK: Social commentary, playful audience interaction, stories and sarcasm.
SHist: This is your second time back in Shanghai, why?
JK: I had some amazing times last year on this tour that I had to come back. There are some of the best audiences I’ve had the luck to perform for!
SHist: Describe your first experience dealing with a heckler.
JK: I didn’t even understand what was happening. Someone yelled something and the crowd laughed at me, not with me. It didn’t feel so good so the next time it happened I hung in the moment till I made the heckler look bad. Now it is a well worn and useful skill but not one I really need in China. Much friendlier audiences there!
SHist: What experiences are explored in your comedy series, ‘Previously Secret Information.’
JK: Instead of a stand-up show where you have to take events from your life and boil them down to short fast jokes, this was a storytelling show where I could tell a complete story, good and bad parts without editing anything out. As a comic you can be funny or angry but thats about it. As a storyteller I can be a complete human being with a full range of emotions.
Joe Klocek @ Kung-Fu Komedy Club
170RMB (pre-sale), 200RMB (on-the-door) // Friday, 20:30 // Saturday, 20:00 and 22:00