by Adam Wright
Young comics boost for city
Amid all the financial turmoil and layoffs across the city, what many of us need right now is a dose of good comedy - and the Punchline Comedy Club has just what the doctor ordered.
For years the monthly laugh-fest has showcased the finest funnymen from Britain and, occasionally, North America.
From tonight until Saturday the venue will present a trio of top-tier stand-up comedians to take our minds off the meltdown.
Scotsman Kevin Bridges (below), Irishman Keith Farnan and Canadian comic Pete Johansson will take the stage from 9pm at the Viceroy in Wan Chai's Sun Hung Kai Centre. Tickets are HK$320.
Still in his early 20s, Bridges started his career as a stand-up shortly after his 17th birthday and has already appeared at top comedy events, including this year's Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
He has received rave reviews for his hilarious observations of life in a small Scottish town and his natural gift for comedy has made him outshine more experienced stand-ups on stage.
Canadian comic Johannson also got off to an early start doing shows in British Colombia from age 16. Since moving to England he has honed his act. He has been described as 'irreverent, brilliant and smooth like fine jazz', and has performed at British venues including London's Comedy Store.
Kraftwerk's heart scare
This week's appearance by German electro pioneers Kraftwerk created quite a buzz of anticipation across town. But last week many pulses were set racing when it appeared the show might not be going ahead.
The Teutonic foursome were the headline act at the Melbourne leg of the Global Gathering dance party on November 22, but pulled out when band member Fritz Hilpert suffered a suspected heart attack just hours before they were due on stage. Hilpert spent the night in hospital, but was given a clean bill of health the next day, allowing Kraftwerk to travel to Perth for the next leg of the roadshow.
Organisers of the Hong Kong show say the band are back in fine form and ready to hit the AsiaWorld-Arena at Chek Lap Kok tomorrow night.
Alibi do Hong Kong proud
Congratulations go out to local expat rockers Tai Tai Alibi for their support act at the Manic Street Preachers gig last week.
It's rare that a local band opens such a high-profile international act and it was a great opportunity for the popular Tai Tai Alibi, made up of Tim Hills (vocals, guitar), Chris Collins (lead guitar), Matt Cartwright (drums) and Alex Majoni (bass).
In the past, the quartet have played HK Live, The Underground, Listen Up, BC Unplugged and Wanch Showcase. And their pop/grunge/blues act is well worth catching.