16 June 2019
Vivek Mahbubani, a.k.a. Ah V, has been named one of this year's Ten Outstanding Young Persons. Photo:
Vivek Mahbubani, a.k.a. Ah V, has been named one of this year's Ten Outstanding Young Persons. Photo:

Meet Vivek: the guy who’s giving Dayo Wong a run for his money

In many ways, he is better than Dayo Wong, considered the No. 1 stand-up comedian in Hong Kong.

Vivek Mahbubani, nicknamed Ah V, has been named one of the Ten Outstanding Young Persons this year, an honor that Dayo can only envy.

The 36-year-old Hong Kong-bred comedian, who is of Indian descent, is certainly giving Dayo a run for his money. His stand-up performance at the Takeout Comedy Club last month was a sold-out event.

But unlike Dayo, Vivek does his gigs in Cantonese and English. Dayo is certainly the king of Cantonese stand-up comedy, having held a record 26 farewell shows this summer, which were all packed to the rafters, but he can’t do an English performance.

Dayo has performed outside Hong Kong, but so has Vivek. He has done shows in mainland China, Macau, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and India.

A Diocesan Boys School graduate, Vivek took up a Creative Media course at the City University of Hong Kong.

His unquestioned ability to throw his audience into a laughing frenzy won him lots of favorable reviews from fans and critics. He won the Chinese and English Funniest Comedian in Hong Kong Awards in 2007 and 2008 respectively.

Curiously enough, Vivek doesn’t speak Indian, although he likes to make fun of his identity.

When reporters asked him if he practiced Yoga, he replied he always put his legs above his head when sleeping.

Local media have not given him much publicity, but he received a highly favorable write-up in a pro-Beijing newspaper. 

Vivek said that in his line of work, it is important to have self-confidence.

But often, he said, he finds himself reflecting on both his failures and success. He said he wanted to reflect on why he became an outstanding young person in Hong Kong, before sharing the happy news with his mom.

Well, we know why: he can make fun of other people, without really offending them, and he has no qualms about making fun of himself. Simply put, he’s LOL funny.

Watch Vivek on YouTube (Cantonese):


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