How to Make People Laugh in Korea


It’s kind of popular these days on the peninsula to be a comedian. While this is noticeable if you turn on the television, you do need to leave your home and find a venue in which comedians are doing their bestestest to force giggles and titters, with the occasional guffaw. Comedy is the in thing in terms of entertainment. Of course, like all performance types, it helps if you are actually good at it.

While I’m not the kind to point the finger with snide remarks on ability and taste, I do think that standards should be put in place, not necessarily by the venue but certainly by the spectator. Some will probably think I’m a snob. Why shouldn’t someone be able to get up on stage, challenge their inner-demons, and become the talent they have always harboured deep inside? Yes. Why shouldn’t they? Or, in fact the statement should really be how could they not?

The stage in Korea is an amazing space for discovering your talents. I would encourage anyone who believes they might be good at something on stage to get up on the stage and do it. Find out out for yourself, don’t wait to find out what could have been. If it doesn’t work the first time, it will work at some stage. I would always encourage anyone to go on the stage to release any anxiety about what is the point of anything, because once the crowd responds, answers are definitely a lot clearer. Continue reading

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HBC Fest: Celebrating More than Just Music


The slogan of the HBC Fest has always been ‘Celebrating Music, Art, and Life’. This slogan is there to welcome everyone, not just musicians, but artists and life, to have a good time. This festival has always been a great advertisement for the lifestyle that lies afterhours for many westerners who live in Seoul; a little bit unregistered, a little bit under the influence and always a lot of fun.

Ever since the first festival the HBC fest has done what it can for performers of all castes. Music has, needless to say, dominated the performance types at every festival, that being said each festival has always had the added attraction of non-musical acts.

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