As a child we laugh almost 300 times a day, but as we age into adulthood we only continue laughing 30 times in an entire day. Okay, this is due to being privy to the harsh realities of life, and not wanting to appear potty, but it also feels like something of a shame. As a good old chuckle is proven to provide physical and mental health benefits such as increased blood circulation, decreased stress and a stronger immune system, perking up can only be a positive thing. Here’s where to find an injection of joy. 

The Lemon Stand

This new comedy venue takes its name from its founder, Canada-born comedian Liam ‘Lemon’ McDonald, who started doing open mics when he was 19. Only six months old, this venue is all about good cheer and bringing the comedic arts and community together with open-mic sessions, comedy nights, live music performances and the odd drag show. Styled like a slinky cabaret, the intimate setting allows for the comedians to interact with – and involve – the crowd. “It is nice to be back on stage after two years, “says McDonald. “When there’s that burst of laughter, there’s an energy that charges the room.”
12 Queen St, #01-02, 88553

Comedy Masala

If your Tuesdays tend to involve a bit of laundry and an early night (facepack, optional), here’s a jollier alternative promising to tickle your funny bone. Comedy Masala is a weekly live comedy series which takes place at Hero’s featuring local, regional and international comedians. The schedule goes up online a few months in advance and party packages are available to book. Be warned, you may be in for some good-natured ribbing if you opt for a front row seat. An Indian and Western-infused menu is available so you won’t go hungry while guffawing.
69 Circular Road, 049423 

Jaz For Laughs at Blu Jaz

As well as being one of Singapore’s most eclectic music venues, Blu Jaz Cafe also has a healthy sense of humour. Getting the cackle back on track post-pandemic, their regular Monday night open-mic comedy shows focus on up-and-coming comics, and the rest of the lineup is your guess as much as ours! This is exactly what makes these sessions fun and no matter what happens, a good laugh is guaranteed.
11 Bali Lane, 189848

The Improv Company

This is the place to be for spontaneous storytelling. Whether you’re at Michael McIntyre-levels of comedy, looking for a two-hour taster session, or want to sign up to their Improv 101 flagship beginners’ course, new classes take place every month and there’s something for all. For younger funny ones (12 -17 years old), Youth Camps are a place where teenagers can enjoy a giggle during the school holidays. In addition, The Improv Company’s Improv 201 classes will be staging their first improv comedy shows this year, with The Banty Bananas taking the stage in March.
The Den Studio, 62B South Bridge Rd, 058692

East Coast Comedy at Crane

The events at collaborative community space Crane are going from strength to strength and this includes their regular comedy nights. For local laffs, head to Crane  Joo Chiat on the East Coast where you’ll find the likes of household names Rishi Budhrani, Fakkah Fuzz and Sharul Channa bringing the house down. The comedy format is modelled on a curated open-mic structure, and with a different line-up and veteran host every show, every evening is hilariously different (ask for Prem John if you fancy signing up!). The nights take place on Fridays and Saturdays – Happy Hour prices at the Garuda Bar on Level 2 add to the joyful vibe.
285 Joo Chiat Road, 427535