Kicking off in early March at deciBel, the competition for amateur stand-ups living in Vietnam saw 16 comics take to the stage for three minutes each. Hosted by local gagmeister Tat Lay, the top four - Adam Palmeter, Diana Bailey, Uy Le and Tom McNulty - will be battling it out at the Vietnam finals on Mar. 15, with each comic vying for a share of the VND10 million worth of prize money.
Finalist Adam Palmeter at the Big V at deciBel
New to the stage, Uy Le was worthy of his top four spot in the finals
Winner on the night, Canadian comic Diana Bailey also won herself a place at the regional finals in Singapore on Mar. 11
Tom McNulty came second place on the night at deciBel
Hosted by Northern Irish stand-up Martin Mor, the biggest beard in comedy, an all-star, game show-style panel will be put together headed up by Canadian comic, Lars Callieou. If the previous show is anything to go by, expect this to be a heated and very amusing affair, with the night rounded off by Colombian Irish UK comic, Matthew Giffen. Brought up in London on a diet of cocaine and potatoes (sic!), Giffen's act is explosive; a fitting end for what will be a formidable night of laughter.
The show at Saigon Ranger (5/7 Nguyen Sieu, Q1, HCMC) starts at 8pm on Tuesday, Mar. 15. Entrance surcharge is VND200,000 (before Mar. 9) and VND300,000 after. For ticketing click on https://ticketbox.vn/event/the-magners-international-comedy-festival-60018/34085. And for more event info, click on https://www.facebook.com/events/187452168298926/
Northern Irish comic Martin Mor will host the show at Saigon Ranger
Matthew Giffen will take the headline slot at Saigon Ranger
As The Big V proved, amateur comedy has got a great following in Saigon