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Magners International Comedy Festival Gala

The Magners International Comedy Festival

The Grand Gala


Venue: Caravelle Saigon, 19 Lam Son Square, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

Featuring: Dana Alexander (CAN), John Robertson (AUS), Andre King (NZ), Lars Calleiou (CAN) and Matthew Giffen (UK)

Date: Wednesday, March 22nd, 8pm

Tickets: VND300,000 (before March 17th) or VND400,000 thereafter or on the door

VIP Tickets: VND1 million (including free-flow food and drink)


Laugh, but laugh within the plush confines of one of the city’s leading five-star hotels. That is what will be in store for those of you who head to Caravelle Saigon for the grand finale of the Ho Chi Minh City leg of the Magners International Comedy Festival on Wednesday, March 22nd.

On stage for the third day of this event dedicated to the art of laughter will be not one, two or three professional comics, but five.

The Headliner

Punching her way to the headline spot at the Grand Gala will be the award-winning Canadian comic Dana Alexander.

Hailing from Edmonton, Canada, Dana Alexander started stand-up when she was 18 and was voted ‘best discovery’ by Now Magazine in 2006. In 2011 she moved to London and the following year was nominated for best club comic in the Chortle Awards. Television work followed with appearances on Russell Howard’s Good News, Edinburgh Comedy Fest, and a featuring role on The Culture Show in 2013 for BBC2.

Refreshing and fearless, Dana’s comedic style has been described as “smart, irreverent and revolutionary”.

The Pros

Also taking to the stage will be comedy powerhouse Andre King. Originally from New Zealand Andre is known for his stinging punchlines, well-crafted observations, razor sharp improvisation and hilarious impersonations. According to Mark Ritchie from The Stage UK, Andre is “one of New Zealand’s finest comedy exports… irresistibly funny!”

Funny in equal but far more morbid amounts is Australian comic, John Robertson. Having garnered himself a cult following thanks to his dark humour and manic stunts, Robertson is presently co-host of Sky TV’s Videogame Nation, the UK’s only dedicated gaming TV show. However, he first came to public attention in 2003, when he went down to Australian Idol and faked a seizure on national television.

Described by The Age as having material that is “edgy, intelligent and smoothly-delivered,” the Australian paper goes on to say that “this is astute, amoral stand-up for the morbidly inclined.”

Back For More

Both Lars Calleiou and Matthew Giffen loved last year’s festival so much that they’re back for a second bite at the comedic cherry.

Hailing from the UK but born to Colombian and Irish parents, Matthew Giffen is the star of BBC 3’s hit show The Fear in the UK. Having headlined theatres across Asia and Europe, his debut solo show Cocaine & Potatoes won Critics Choice Award at the Perth Fringe in 2015. Fast, frenetic and sometimes furious, Matthew leaves crowds begging for more.

Lars Calleiou has an impressive list of Canadian comedy credits. He has a comedy special airing on the Comedy Network, appearances at the Just for Laughs and Halifax Comedy Festivals and his comedy radio show was nominated for a 2011 Canadian Comedy Award. He’s been on CBC’s The Debaters, XM Radio and Shaw Cable.

South of the non-walled border Lars has been a finalist in the Seattle International Comedy Competition, has travelled to Iraq and Kuwait twice to entertain US servicemen and women, and has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland, the Boston Comedy Festival and played Brad Garrett’s comedy club at the Tropicana in Las Vegas.

At the end of 2011 he toured with Joan Rivers for a second time.

Ticketing and Information

Standard entrance costs VND300,000 for advance tickets (before Friday March 17th) and VND400,000 thereafter or on the door.

The VIP package goes for VND1 million and includes a free-flow of alcohol as well as food and drink prepared by the five-star chefs at the Caravelle. Tickets can be purchased from via

Tickets are available at Caravelle Saigon in the Business Centre on the 2nd Floor or can be purchased online at

For more information on the show, please go to

The Organisers

The Magners International Comedy Festival is sponsored by Magners Irish Cider and presented by Magic Rock, Lighthouse Group Indochina, Saigon International Comedy, Diana and Brian Do Shows and Stand-Up Hanoi.


Dana Alexander

Andre King

John Robertson

Lars Calleiou

Matthew Giffen