The Wiseguy – Albert Escobedo (NEH Magazine)

A version of the following article was published in March’s “The New Seoul Establishment Issue” of NEH Magazine.

Korea’s expat community is overflowing in creativity. It seems everyone is a photographer, filmmaker, poet, lyricist, blogger or emcee. Not to mention the abundance of funny people, otherwise known as comedians. For the creative types that require the use of a device capable of transforming sound waves into electric currents of voltage resulting in sound transmission, there are plenty of open mics to sharpen their craft.

Ah, the open mic. On one hand, you get to see a wide variety of brave people flex their creative muscles. On the other hand, sometimes they suck, and when they don’t, the sets are short.

When it comes to comedy, Mr. Albert Escobedo has the solution. One of the funniest men out there is now putting on a comedy showcase at Roofers in Itaewon on the third Friday of each month. This is not your average open mic event. To the contrary, the Roofer’s Comedy Night is the only regular occurring comedy showcase in Korea structured after the comedy clubs back home. Each night is hosted by an MC, followed by a few featured acts performing 15-20 minutes each to warm up the crowd. The headliner will get 30-45 minutes and the event is concluded with some of Korea’s finest music acts.

Now get out there all you aspiring comedians, hit up all the open-mics imaginable and get that material ready.

Search Roofer’s Comedy Night @ Roofer’s on facebook or look up Albert Escobedo for more information.


~ by ripcitytoseoul on March 22, 2011.

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