Live Nation x OWN Academy:

Stand Up Comedy



Program Description

Humor is a coveted 21st Century soft skill. If you can make people laugh, it not only leaves a great impression, helps you stand out, it is also a tool to connect more deeply with people. Some may think that humor is something to be born with, in fact, it is a perspective on life that can be learnt and trained.

This summer, Live Nation x OWN Academy brings you an experience of stand up comedy both in front and behind the stage. You will have the opportunity to be a performer and learn about comedy from a commercial and production angle, such as how to market a show to what happens backstage?

Whom better to teach stand up comedy than from the funniest man in Hong Kong? Vivek Mahbubani—a Hong Kong-bred bilingual stand-up comedian who was ranked as the top comedian in Hong Kong, in 2014, the World Famous Laugh Factory in USA ranked Vivek as one of the top 10 comedians in their Annual Funniest Person in the World Competition. Beyond comedy, Vivek is a role model for many and has been awarded the Ten Outstanding Young Persons and Hong Kong Spirit Ambassador in Hong Kong

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Have you ever talked to a person so charismatic and charming that you’re willing to believe anything and everything they say? Have you ever talked to a person so likeable that you’re willing to go out of your way to make a new friend? That could be you, too! 

 The world’s leading live entertainment company, Live Nation works with renowned artists to bring shows, festivals, and other exciting events to all corners of the world. Established in 2010, Live Nation has signed some of the biggest names in today’s entertainment industry, including Maroon 5, Trevor Noah, Rod Wave and Mackenzie Ziegler

 This summer, Live Nation looks to extend its creative influences in Hong Kong by working with OWN Academy and providing a truly immersive experience to young emerging talents. 

 Primarily, there are three reasons why we created this opportunity: 

  1.  We find it imperative, regardless of the profession, for young people to be confident when talking in front of an audience. 
  2.  We believe that young people can develop these soft skills through the lens of comedy—an experience that prompts individuals to step out of their comfort zone and develop their public speaking skills. 
  3.  We want to give young people the opportunity to learn from the industry’s most prominent movers & shakers. 

With this course, we present to you an opportunity to not only get a comprehensive introduction in the world of comedy, but a chance to become more presentable, confident, and future-ready.   

Live Nation X OWN Academy: Stand Up Comedy

Program Breakdown

Session 1: Foundation of a comedian and why you already are one (Foundations of comedy)

  • Understanding the basic concepts of humor 
  •  Interactive writing exercises, understanding the pathway and necessary ingredients for comedy

Session 2: The skills you need to be funny (Creative thinking)

  • Looking at an object/event through multiple angles 
  • Finding the funny side of things by forming innovative connections

Session 3: The skills you need to be even funnier (Creative thinking part 2)

  • Finding your own style by drawing from creative inspirations
  • Being true to the joke and yourself 
  • Develop creative thinking techniques

Session 4: Live Nation session on Marketing

  • Content is important, but how do you commercialize it?

Session 5: OK, make me laugh (Presentation + Delivery)

  • Elements of presentations (voice, timing, body language, etc.)
  • Interactive improv games

Session 6: Building up your professional comedy muscle (Presentation + personal experience and sharing)

  • The business of comedy
  • The mindset of a comedian (discipline, challenge, growth, etc.)

Session 7: Live Nation session on Production

  • Learn how a show is produced from start to finish

Session 8: Open mic (Real-life experience)

  • Open mic interactions with MC Vivek Mahbubani
  • Present a 3-minute comedy routine with instant professional feedback

Do you have any questions?

Who is the Course for?

Designed for anyone from the age of 13 onwards, young individuals looking to develop their public speaking skills will be highly impacted by this immersive experience filled with laughter and insightful presentation advice. 

Language: There are going to be moderators, depending on the class size, who will facilitate the learning experience in English only

This course is for you if:

  • You are interested in becoming an exceptional public speaker
  • You are interested in developing storytelling skills
  • You are looking to be groomed by the top in the field
  • You are intrigued by the idea of learning comedy  

Logistical Details & Fees

Age: 13 +

When: Every Saturday from July 17 - September 4

  • July 17, 24, 31 
  • August 7, 14, 21, 28 
  • September 4

ime: 10 am – 12 noon HKT (2 hours) 

This course is available offline and takes place in Hong Kong. Online exceptions can be made on a case by case basis as a result of any Covid quarantine situations. 

Location: 13/F, WeWork Wanchai, YF Life Tower, 33 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong 

*Maximum 20 students in class