Sadly, The Punchline Comedy Club has been unable to continue bringing well known comedians to Tokyo after their major sponsor Virgin Atlantic pulled out in September 2008 and no other sponsors could be found.
However, all is not lost. To continue to get my fix of comedy, there are some alternatives that I discovered, thanks once again to Alan at lemonsoju.
Coming up this Tuesday 17th February the Tokyo Cynics present: "An Evening of Stand Up" at The Hobgoblin in Shibuya.
Performers to be announced.
Doors open: 7 PM
Show starts: 9 PM
Show ends: 10 to 10:30 PM
Admission: FREE! ... but you are asked to buy at least one drink at the bar.
The Tokyo Comedy Store Crocodile Show provides live stand-up and improv comedy in English on the fourth Friday of the month at The Crocodile in Shibuya. The next show coming up is on 27th Feb.
Act One feature's Tokyo's best stand-ups and special guests. In Act Two the improv comedy group, Spontaneous Confusion, create always-new hilarious scenes, songs and musicals based on your suggestions.
Doors open at 7:30. Food is served all night with a full menu including pizza, pasta, dinner plates and, so it says on their website, crocodile. Remember FFF: Fourth Friday Funny!
And finally, as a one off event to celebrate their 60th anniversary, The British Chamber of Commerce in Tokyo presents : "Whose Line is it Anyway". On Friday 13th March 2009. It starts at 19:15, but it's a little bit more pricey than the others. A seat will set you back 18,000 Yen at the The Conrad Tokyo. However that does include :
* A Best of British Menu from the Michelin-starred Gordon Ramsay
* Jazz by the House Band
* Hip-hop entertainment by the Hana Enterprises Dance School
* By special arrangement with the Punchline Comedy Club, direct from London, the all-star cast of “Whose Line is it Anyway?” offering the very best of improvised comedy.
I'll have to check my financial situation at the end of the week to see if I can afford that one.