Stand-up comedian Tom Rhodes back to Hong Kong for more ... champagne?

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 13 May, 2015, 6:22am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 13 May, 2015, 10:58pm

Stand-up star Rhodes returns: Although stand-up comedian and promoter Chris Musni founded Comedy.hk in the autumn of 2012, it wasn’t until a year later that the San Francisco native felt his creation had made it. That was when Tom Rhodes came to town.

“Tom wasn’t the first pro comedian that Comedy.hk brought to Hong Kong, but he’s the first that made us feel like we were really getting serious about bringing quality comedy here,” says Musni.

“He’s established, and somewhat of a legend in stand-up circles.”

So when Rhodes, who has performed on top-rated US shows such as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Comedy Central Presents, inquired about returning to Hong Kong, Musni jumped at the opportunity.

“The last time Rhodes was here, he shared a lot of his experiences with local comedians, which was huge,” says Musni. “We also chugged entire bottles of champagne together. Yeah, OK, maybe only one of those things was good.”

Rhodes will perform at Le Meridien Cyberport on May 16. Go to comedy.hk for details.

In search of the real Banksy: “Is that the real Banksy on Twitter?” has been a topic of much debate in recent years. While the enigmatic British street artist claimed in an interview he isn’t on social media, a Twitter account by the name of @therealbanksy has been active for well over a year, garnering nearly 1.3 million followers, including high-profile celebrities, artists and journalists.

Whoever is behind the account tweeted last week a photo of a giant artwork created by local children as part of Ocean Appreciation Month at Repulse Bay Beach. “800 children in Hong Kong protest against dolphin slaughter in Taiji,” read the caption.

So is that the real Banksy showing support for local students, or an impostor? Regardless, the posting has been retweeted more than 4,100 times.