If you were lucky enough to be one of the 300 people who attended the stand-up comedy gala show at Caravelle Saigon last month, you’ll know what an amazing night it was. Six comics, five of them professional, and one local comedian, Nathan Jaiyeola, who was the winner of the Big V Comedy Competition. It was one of those magical events where laughter mixed with a fantastic environment and everyone just seemed to have fun. It was electric.
But the gala show wasn’t the only comedy performance to come our way in late March. Four shows, all sponsored by Magners Irish Cider, formed the Magners International Comedy Festival. The first three were in Ho Chi Minh City at La Fenetre Soleil, Game On and Caravelle Saigon, while the final show flew three of the comedians up to Hanoi to perform at Standing Bar. With only one opportunity to get their fill of some excellent professional comedians, the crowd in Hanoi ensured that the show was a sellout.
So, as a testament to the growing comedy scene in this country, one that mixes amateur comedians plying their trade in Vietnam with shows featuring pro comics from overseas, here are some photos. We’ve already been told that the festival, which was also held in Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong and the Philippines, will be returning next year to Vietnam.
Looking forward to it already!
The Comedians and the Shows
Five comedians were flown in from overseas by the festival organiser, Magic Rock. They were Dana Alexander (CAN), Lars Calleiou (CAN), Andre King (NZ), John Robertson (AUS) and Matthew Giffen (UK).
Five local comedians took part in the finals of the Big V Comedy Competition at La Fenetre Soleil. They were Nathan Jaiyeola (US), Brian Armstrong (US), Uy Le (VN), Nathan Sproul (UK) and Yasar Saleem (UK).
The shows were organised locally by Saigon International Comedy, Stand-Up Hanoi and DBBA
Photos by Mike Palumbo & Julie Vola