"All comedians are depressed", "Good comedy has to come from a dark place", "tragedy+time=comedy" are among some of the most common phrases you hear thrown around in the comedy world, but are any of them actually true? And why does it seem to be a pretty common narrative in the comedy world?

We ask our guest: psychotherapist and one of Hong Kong's top mental health counselors, Tim Hoffman. 

 

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At nearly 5am on Tuesday October 12, 2021 a taxi carrying a foreign passenger drove along Queen’s Road West and the 50-year-old taxi driver in the vehicle was suspected of arguing with the passenger for some reason. The foreign passenger then used a hard object to hit the neck of the driver which resulted in injuries. In order to escape, he got off the car and fled.

The passenger then got off the vehicle and continued to attack the taxi driver before he finally collapsed. When the taxi driver was about 20 meters away, the assailant also took the opportunity to escape. Afterwards, a passer-by called the police for help.

Police officers sped to the scene and found the 48-year-old man lying unconscious on the floor. Sustaining serious injury to his neck, he was rushed to Queen Mary Hospital and was certified dead at 6.17am.

The police released a recent photo of the suspect Wednesday the 13th of October. On Wednesday afternoon, our guest Tracy* ran into the suspect outside a small store on Lamma island, not having any idea who he was. She had a friendly chat and shared a beer with him. It's quite a baffling story. Strap in for this one. 

 

*Tracy's voice has been changed to protect her identity. 

 

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Conspiracy Chocolate makes high quality small batch craft chocolate from bean to bar. They use cacao beans from a single farm in Vietnam and process slowly and manually over 5 days to retain the natural health benefits and flavor of the cacao.

We chat with its founders Celine Herren and Amit Oz. They are a Swiss and Israeli couple who met in Hong Kong with a passion for creating food and discovering new combinations of flavors. After a few months of learning and refining the process in their kitchen in Sai Ying Pun, Conspiracy Chocolate, a small-batch bean-to-bar craft chocolate company was born. They now craft their chocolate in their own licensed chocolate lab in Wong Chuk Hang. 

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Vivek has a huge announcement to make then we get to our guest Ivan Leung.

Ivan is the co-founder and GM of Aloha Online, one of Asia's leading SEO solutions and digital marketing technology providers. Ivan gives us a crash course on what SEOs really mean and how any business could improve its Google ranking by following very simple steps. We go into the "science" of Google rankings, what you're really seeing on the first search result pages.Vivek makes a huge announcement then we get to our guest Ivan Leung. Ivan is the co-founder and GM of Aloha Group Limited, one of Asia's leading SEO solutions and digital marketing technology providers. Ivan gives us a crash course on what SEO really means and how any business could improve its Google ranking by following very simple steps. We go into the "science" of Google rankings, what you're really seeing on the first search result pages.

Ivan does a deep dive on both our hosts' websites (https://funnyvivek.com/) and (https://www.mohammedmagdi.com/) and lets them know what they're doing wrong. Spoiler alert: Everything.

We also delve into Ivan's other passion, sneakers!

 

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October 25, 2021

#76 - Vivek Before Comedy!

We take a break from having guests on this week and we fly solo. The original idea was for us to talk about what our lives were like B.C. (Before Comedy). We started with Vivek and boy did he have a lot to say. Vivek has had a pretty wild journey even before ever doing standup. In fact he has had so much happen that we didn't have time to share Mohammed's B.C. stories, we will definitely get into that on a later episode though!

Ladies and gentlemen, we present to you: Vivek B.C.

Enjoy!

 

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Cassi Thomas AKA Chaotic Cassi is proper "HK famous", she runs a massive Facebook group called "Chaotic Hong Kong Expats" with more than 18000 members. We catch up with her about her recent trip to Thailand, spending time in Phuket's "sandbox" and traveling to Chiang Mai, her 21 days quarantine and her fascination with the book "The Expatriates" on which Nicole Kidman's controversial show is based.

 

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Sai Kung Stray Friends Foundation (SKSFF) is consisted of a group of volunteers who rescue stray, abandoned, sick and injured dogs to provide them with medical care and rehabilitation. Every dog that is rescued is health checked, de-sexed, vaccinated and given flea, tick and heartworm prevention. They also try to provide any necessary treatment and emergency surgery that may be needed.

The aim is to find these beautiful dogs, a kind and responsible adopter which can give them a loving forever home and help them have a better life. If you haven’t experienced the joy of adopting a dog, now is the right time!

We chat with founder Narelle Pamuk about the challenges they're facing during Covid times, their constant need for volunteers and what we can do to help.

 

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Stuart Palm is an international psychic entertainer, artist, hypnotist, illustrator, seer, reader, mentalist and father. He joins us to talk about his upcoming show “World of Wonders,” his new tarot cards “Palm’s Oracle”; the amazing variety of uses for Hypnosis, and performing Mentalism in Hong Kong and around the world.

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(aka Rock Mum, Goddess of Rock and even “Godmother of Rock”)The driving force behind The Underground (https://undergroundhk.com/). Described by Time Magazine as “Chris B—the tattooed fairy godmother of the Hong Kong scene. ” The ‘face’ of The Underground. Born & raised in Hong Kong, with a Chinese mother and English father. Involved in the HK live music scene since 1990, as a performer, songwriter, guitarist, singer and event organiser.

Her Cantonese composition “會否 Will You?” was nominated “Best Alternative Song” at the 2001 Golden Sail Awards, narrowly beaten out by Faye Wong. Past & present bands include: Sisters of Sharon, Smoking Monkeys, Flowers of Babylon, Thinking Out Loud, COCKfight, Guitars & Panties and CHRANG!. Discovered a flair for organizing events whilst working on Earth Day Festivals and also discovered no one else wants to do it, her perseverance & passion has seen The Underground go from strength to strength. Chris B’s strongest belief is in creating a live music scene that is comparable to New York or London as is befitting for a “World City”.

In the last 20 years, Chris B has organized over 500 live music events, mostly in Hong Kong, the rest in Greater China. These include events such as Music Matters Live (2010) festival (with 37 bands in 4 venues in 2 days) and Global Battle of the Bands (2008-2010).   She also curates bands for various festivals eg. Volvo Ocean Race Hong Kong, Lan Kwai Fong Beer & Music Festival.
Chris B was the China Director for Planetrox which sends bands to Canada to perform at a festival called Envol et Macadam.

Chris B is also the creator and founder of FWD Mellow Yellow Music Festival as well as Wild Boar Music Festival.

Chris B has been featured in documentaries that have won awards at the HK Independent Film Festival plus been the subject of many interviews. Presently managing the ‘real’ twins of Hong Kong – Chloe & Ashley who are 13 years old and have already starred with Chris B in a Sony Cybershot ad in early 2008.

 

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Comedian Jordan Leung (better known by his online alias 69ranch) moved back to HK from the US when Covid hit, then he started hitting up the comedy circuits here, then he blew up on social media. His IG account amassed thousands of followers in a short period of time, making him by far the biggest draw in the current English-speaking standup comedy scene in HK. He sits down with us to talk about how he perceives his "fame", what happens when you become an influencer and what has changed in his life since then. 

 

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