Brian Aylward’s journey as a standup comedian started with a bet. His girlfriend at the time promised she’d quit smoking if he’d take a stab at making people laugh. So on November 11th, 2005, he jumped up on the stage of a rowdy expat bar in South Korea and let them have it. “I screamed my funny at them,” he told me during a recent chat, “and I haven’t stopped screaming since.”

Since then, Aylward has carved out a unique career on two continents. After years honing jokes in the boisterous boozers of the Korean capital, he founded Stand Up…

Chris Tharp

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