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October 9, 2008

Viva Comedia

What’s passionate, smokin’ hot and will have you throwing your head back in giggles all night long? Antonio Banderas in Zorro? No, it’s this week in Hong Kong! With Spanish National Day and the Hong Kong Comedy Festival around the corner, the vibrant spirit of Spain along with the best of comedy will be celebrated all around town. Whether you’re in the mood for dancing or laughing (or both!), the endorphins are coming out to play. . .

Tapeo (19 Hollywood Road, Central, 9123 6049)
Still waving your Spanish flag after the Euro 2008 victorious win? You can break it out and wave it all the way along to Hollywood Road where Tapeo is offering a 5% discount to all Spanish nationals, just bring along your passport. For those of us who are just Spanish at heart, there are still phenomenal promotions at Tapeo right now. Their Tapa Tapa Tapa set lunch includes gazpacho, a selection of 6 tapas, and dessert for only HK$100 pp (Monday – Friday, 12:00 – 3:00pm). And at Tapeo, the early bird catches the croquetas with their Early Bird Dinner including 4 tapas dishes of your choice and a glass of Spanish wine for only HK$150 pp (min 2 ppl, Monday – Saturday, 5:00 – 7:00pm).

Mijas (Shop 102, Murray House, Stanley Plaza, Stanley, 2899 0858)
From the white-washed Andalusian village in Spain to our own version in the heart of Stanley, Mijas captures the festive bravado of the Costa del Sol. A special National Day menu including Iberico ham with tomato bread, Spanish cheese with dried fruit cake, Andalusian roasted capsicum with shrimp scampi, grilled lamb loin with paella croquettes and apple, caramel custard with vanilla ice cream will be available throughout the month of October. Colourful flamenco dance performances will be featured on October 12th at 1:00pm and October 18th at 7:45pm. Don’t forget your castanets!

El Pomposo Bar + Tapas (Shop 009, Roof Garden, Elements, 1 Austin Road West, Kowloon, 2196 8123)
If you can’t be at a rooftop bar in Barcelona to celebrate National Day, the rooftop of Elements offers the next best thing. El Pomposo Bar + Tapas is throwing an España Fiesta on Saturday night October 11th. Get your group together and vamos a bailar with acclaimed flamenco dancer Carolina Vera. Keep your energy up all night long with a special five course Spanish menu including soup or ensalada, Iberian ham, a selection of hot and cold tapas, paella, main course, dessert and a glass of Spanish Rosado (HK$480 pp).

The Punchline Comedy Club (The Viceroy, 2/F, Sun Hung Kai Ctr., 30 Harbour Road, Wanchai, 2317 6666)
Prepare your paella and sangria filled belly for a night of chuckling at The Punchline Comedy Club. Renowned comedians Mark Watson, Phil Butler and brilliant sharp tongued ventriloquist Paul Zerdin will step up to the mic to amuse and entertain you. Beware, Zerdin’s puppets are not as innocent as they look and Watson and Butler are not shy of controversial moments! (October 9-11)

Take-Out Comedy (34 Elgin Street, SoHo, 6220 4436)
As the grand finale to a week of international comedy competitions, Kush and Take-Out Comedy will present America’s latest award winning stand-up star, Tom Cotter to light up the stage in Hong Kong. Recently bringing down the house on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno as well as picking up countless top comedian awards, Tom’s high-energy rapid-fire style of comedy will have you rolling in the aisles. (October 16-18)

Over the next week, your nights will be heated up with tantalizing nibbles and your appetite will be delightfully entertained. It may not be Antonio Banderas, but it’ll still put a smile on your face!

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