Tuesday, 23 February 2016 08:16

The Magners International Comedy Festival

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The biggest beard in comedy, Martin Mor

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.

 

Not content with past success, throughout March a number of players on the Ho Chi Minh City comedy scene are working together to up the ante with the first installment of the Magners International Comedy Festival.

 

The Big V

 

Kicking off on Friday, Mar. 4 at deciBel, will be the Big V Comedy Competition for amateur stand-ups living in Vietnam. Hosted by local comic Tat Lay, each aspiring comedian will get three minutes on stage to strut their gag-filled stuff. A panel of judges will pick out the top three, of whom the winner will be flown to Singapore to compete in the regional finals on Friday, Mar. 11.

 

All three finalists will then return on Tuesday Mar. 15 to perform at Saigon Ranger for the Vietnam finals. 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. With VND10 million worth of prize money at stake, expect this to be a heated and very amusing affair. Naturally, with three professional comics in town, we’re going to need a headliner, and rounding off the night will be Colombian Irish UK comic, Matthew Giffen. Brought up in London on a diet of cocaine and potatoes (sic!), expect his act to be explosive.

UK-raised, Colombian Irish comic Matthew Giffen 

The Grand Finale

 

The day after the festival moves to Phatty’s for the final show, with the stage being handed over to the pros. On the podium will be Canadian, Lars Callieou, who besides touring with Joan Rivers, Jeff Foxworthy, Bob Saget and Martin Short, has got a TV and radio resumé longer than his rather sunstantial arm. Also back for the final night will be former circus performer, Martin Mor. With 25 years behind him on the stage, Martin has performed at the Hammersmith Apollo, in an Italian prison, for members of the British Royal family, and in places as far flung as Hong Kong, the US, South Africa, UAE and Singapore. He has also supported superstars with names such as Frankie Boyle, Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Johnny Vegas, Steve Coogan and even Tina Turner.

 

And naturally, the award-winning Matthew Giffen will return for his final, FARC-inspired hurrah. The star of BBC 3’s hit show, The Fear in the UK, and winner of the Critics Choice Award at the Perth Fringe in 2015, Matthew will be fast, frenetic and definitely furious.

 

The Details

 

The Big V Comedy Competition will kick off at deciBel (79 Phan Ke Binh, Q1, HCMC) on Friday, Mar. 4 at 8pm. The entrance surcharge is VND100,000. For further info email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Alternatively, click on the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/179994152376092/

 

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. 8) and VND300,000 after. For ticketing email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on https://ticketbox.vn/event/the-magners-international-comedy-festival-60016/34085.

 

The final show on Wednesday, Mar. 16 at Phatty’s (46-48 Ton That Thiep, Q1, HCMC) starts at 8pm. Entrance surcharge is VND200,000 (before Mar. 8) and VND300,000 after. For ticketing email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or click on https://ticketbox.vn/event/the-magners-international-comedy-festival-60018/34086.

 

The Magners International Comedy Festival is supported by Saigoneer, Word Vietnam, Kingston Hotel and Jameson’s. For more info, click on comedyfest.com.sg or facebook.com/saigoninternationalcomedy

Lars Callieou

Last modified on Tuesday, 23 February 2016 19:30
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