Kung Fu Komedy’s pro-in-residence Joe Klocek is getting to the end of his time in China. Shanghaiist caught up with the headliner from Comedy Central and Showtime and asked him a few questions.
Only 3 weeks to go, wow, how has your trip been so far?
It’s been epic and sleep deprived.
What are the highlights so far?
Doing the game show at Kung Fu Komedy. It’s been great to bring something unique to the audience here, and have them get so excited about it. The show works the same as it does at home, and the audience here really connects with the game show format.
How do the audiences here compare with those in the US?
It makes it more interesting because you have all these different cultural and language issues happening, but that just gives me a whole lot more to play with. The contestants have been fun, and really opened up to it.
One night on a show we had a British landscape architect, a Chinese fashion designer, and a German banker. It was great to go back and forth, and use the questions to get them to open up.
I’ll be honest, I love up stand-up comedy, but I really have no idea what the deal with this game show is…
The beauty is we present four comedians per show, and they just do their stand-up. Then we have six contestants per show, who are answering questions based on the stand-up they just watched. People really get into it, the audience starts yelling out answers, and things go nuts if they or their friend wins.
What’s the wackiest thing you’ve seen since you’ve been here?
Well, in the Family Mart, they’ve got all those condoms on display, which we’re not used to seeing in the States. I think it should be called the Anti-Family Mart.
When will you be coming back?
Well I’m only here for three more weeks, and there’s still so much of Shanghai I want to see. I’m having a great time at the shows so I hope to return as soon as possible.
Oh and another thing, the police here always have their lights on. In America if you see police lights on you know it’s a crime scene, but here might just mean they’re taking a lunch break. Oh China, I love you.
TONIGHT 8.30pm at the Kung Fu Komedy Club:
5th Floor, 219 Jinxian Lu, near Shaanxi Nan Lu
Tickets: 100 RMB in advance, 150 RMB door.
For details on Joe Klocek’s Saturday show, click here.