Thanks to the growing numbers of comedy clubs and open mic nights in the region, stand-up comedy in Southeast Asia is entering boomtime. So in testament to this growing scene, Saigon International Comedy is flying in some of the best proponents of laughter in Asia for one night of raucous comedy.
Topping the bill on Friday, May 20 in Saigon is lauded American comic, Turner Sparks. Based in Suzhou and Shanghai, China, Turner started his comedy career in 2009 by founding Mainland China’s first stand up comedy group, Stand Up China. Currently a regular performer at Shanghai’s Kung Fu Komedy Club, the former ice-cream salesman has performed hundreds of shows throughout China and Asia, most recently awarded ‘Best of the Fest’ at the 2014 Akumal Comedy Festival in Mexico presented by Stand Up Records
Also flying in is Chris Wegoda, one of the best-known figures on the Bangkok comedy scene. The co-founder of Comedy Club Bangkok, Chris was born in the UK to an ethnically rich and flavourful heritage — he is half British, half Thai. Described by the British A-lister comedienne, Gina Yashere, as “a cool, self-assured, confident performer. A star in the making,” Chris will be taking on the role of MC.
Naturally, to give such a show some real depth, there are a number of Vietnam-based performers taking to the stage. Included in the line-up at Big V Comedy Competition finalists Tom McNulty and Uy Le. Also on stage will be newcomer to the comedy scene, Shandy Roque. And rounding off the bill is Thai-Chinese, Comedy Club Bangkok regular, Natalie Warisa.
The show will take place at Game On Saigon (115, Ho Tung Mau, Q1, HCMC) on Friday, May 20. Doors will be at 8pm. Entrance is VND200,000 and includes a glass of Pasteur Street IPA. For more info on the event, click here. Turner and Chris are also performing in Hanoi. Click here for details.