The growth of the comedy scene comes down to the work of a number of individuals in both Hanoi and Saigon. Here are a few of them.
For the third year running, in March and April Ho Chi Minh City will play host to the Magners International Comedy Festival. This year the extravaganza will be bigger and better than ever.
In early January, Heart of Darkness brewery sponsored the heats of the third annual Vietnam Amateur Comedy Competition. For the wider comedy scene, this year’s tournament marked a watershed. Words by Billy Gray and Nick Ross
The phenomenally funny Gina Yashere (UK) headlined an international stand-up comedy show at Game On Saigon in late January.
Photos by Mike Palumbo / January 2017
After a roaring night of (almost) non-stop laughter at deciBel, the Magners International Comedy Festival continues to bring its laughter to Saigon next week with a show on Tuesday Mar. 15 at Saigon Ranger. Incorporating the finals of the Magners-sponsored Big V Comedy Competition, this night of belly-splitting hilarity will include performances from two seasoned pros.
This month, stand-up comedy gets itself a festival
Stand-up comedy has been making us Vietnam-based, English speakers split our bellies and laugh our socks off for near on five years now. Thanks to Saigon International Comedy, Stand-Up Saigon, the Hanoi Comedy Collective and more recently Diana and Brian Do Shows, as well as a whole host of open mic nights, the comedians and promoters have been pulling out the comedic stops to get you, the unwitting punter, to laugh.
Over the past few months, the international stand-up comedy coming to Vietnam has been making all you good folks out there laugh your socks off. And being the kind souls that the organisers are, they are now flying in the father of stand-up in Southeast Asia, Jonathan Atherton. A veteran of the comedy scene and former presenter of Lonely Planet, the Australian will be performing on Wednesday Nov. 25 (HCMC) and Thursday Nov. 26 (Hanoi).
International stand-up comedy returns on Wednesday November 4 to Ho Chi Minh City and Thursday November 5 to Hanoi with a comedic line-up headlined by the highly acclaimed Canadian comic, Glenn Wool.
Singapore is a pretty serious kind of place, right? Not so say the Island State’s growing roster of professional comedians. And to prove this to you, we’re bringing two of the Lion City’s best stand-ups to Vietnam on Thursday Sep. 24 (HCMC) and Friday Sep. 25 (Hanoi).