Acme Comedy Co. to test the Asian market

NEAL JUSTIN | Updated 8/5/2014

The Minneapolis comedy club will bring American humor to owner's homeland.

Louis Lee (center) surrounded by Acme club regulars.
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Acme Comedy Co. is taking its show on the road in the biggest way possible.

Louis Lee, the owner of the Minneapolis club, is taking three comedians to Hong Kong, Singapore and Macau, the first time the Acme brand has traveled outside of North America.

Lee, who is from Hong Kong, thinks there's a lot of potential in an area that is just starting to get a taste of American comedy through movies and TV sitcoms.

"It's like the '80s were over here," Lee said of Asian markets."Beyond bars and restaurants and hotels, there really isn't a place for comedy yet. But I think it's in the early stages of it happening. The main reason I'm doing this is to see how feasible it is and how the media reacts."

Lee purposely picked three comics -- Pete Lee, Tom Segura and Chad Daniels -- who have never performed in the area.

"That part of Asia gets the same 10 or 15 guys all the time," he said. "I want to try to bring something new and generate some interest over there."

No word yet if the frequent flyer miles go to the comedians or Acme.