The 9th annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival ended with a big laugh on Saturday night with the finals of the Comedy Competition in Kowloon Bay.
After going through preliminary rounds throughout the month of September, nine comedians made it to the finals for a shot at a HK$40,000 cash prize as well as a tour in comedy clubs in New York City, Los Angeles and Minnesota.
Last year’s winner Jim Brewsky returned to defend his crown but fell short as Detroit native Drew Fralick, who now lives in Shanghai, took home the trophy with his hilarious performance of what his life would look like if it were commentated on by sports broadcasters.
“I try to take people to an imaginary world that’s in my head. It’s like taking the lid off of my head and then looking inside and that’s what’s going on”, said Drew after his win.
“I think Drew was original, he had attitude and he owned that stage and he made a huge impression on not only the crowd but also the judges,” said Jami Gong, the founder of the festival and the popular TakeOut Comedy Club in Soho.
Now in its ninth year, the festival has established itself as Hong Kong’s biggest one and a stepping platform for comedians across the region.