BA Expat Comedy is back! The self-proclaimed “best and only stand up show in English in Buenos Aires” returns on Thursday nights to bring in the weekend with a laugh.
You’ll find them at the Taburete Comedy Club in an upstairs room of the Espacio Dadá bar in the heart of Palermo. (It’s not well signposted so just wander in and head upstairs.) It’s a compact venue but this contributes to the lively and social atmosphere and enables crowd interaction if you so desire.
These comedy nights have existed for approximately a year and have been growing in popularity, but took a break from the end of June. However, they were back with a bang last month and return for good this evening at 8pm. This is Argentina so don’t expect the promptest of starts, but that’s just time to fit in a few extra glasses of wine before the show…
The line-up of the show changes every week to provide fresh material and welcome some new faces to the mix. There is also a variety of both foreign and local performers, as they aim to provide Argentine comics with an opportunity to reach English-speaking audiences here in Buenos Aires whilst also making the show as international as possible. Swedish comedian Johan Glans was one of these international guests, invited last month as a stop on his ‘World Tour of the World’.
As a first-timer in South America on his tour, Johan’s initial confusion at the Spanish language was relatable to many an expat or tourist – for starters, his alarm at the sign on his hotel door reading ‘no molestar’ and his desire to remain unmolested. His further admission about the allure of the Spanish language in comparison to his native language was also comedy gold: his best offering of sexy talk of ‘hold on to your hat’ had many a Swede in the audience dabbing away tears in recognition.
Whilst Johan was undeniably the standout comedian of that particular show, the regular performers provide a perfect support act. Brian Rullansky, or the self-proclaimed ‘BILF’ was the MC for the night and had a repertoire of jokes almost as big as his hair. Eliana La Casa was up next, playing the part of the sex-crazed millennial girl-next-door well, with entertaining insights into dating and the Tinder scene in Buenos Aires. US comic Jordan Landsman followed suit with some pertinent Trump/Hillary jibes, taking the stage not only as a performer but as the organiser of the event as well.
Speaking to the crowd after the event, many said that although it was Johan that brought them there, they would definitely be coming back for more now that they knew it existed. And more laughs is exactly what the BA Expat Comedy crew intend to deliver with their arrival back onto the stage this evening. It looks set to be a great show, with Jordan Landsman and Eliana La Casa making a reappearance and the addition of performances from Nacho Arana and their special guest, Comedy Central’s Felix Buenaventura.
But don’t panic if you can’t make it tonight, as organiser Jordan Landsman promises Thursdays at 8pm will be their spot on the calendar for the foreseeable future. Check out their Facebook page for future events and line ups.
BA Expat Comedy: 8pm, Taburete Comedy Club (Jorge Luis Borges 1655). Tickets available here.