Ahead of Saigon’s first major international comedy festival later this month, Saigoneer talks to members of the local stand-up community, from veterans to relative newcomers, to find out where the jokes are headed.
Despite being subject to a bombardment of ruthless changes, Saigon is surprisingly persistent in its love for all things old, rustic and gritty. For someone who was not born and bred in the bustling metropolis itself, German DJ and music producer Jan Hagenkoetter has managed to neatly encapsulate the spirit of an old, vibrant Saigon in his latest record, Saigon Supersound Volume 1.
Among Saigon's many streets, there are only four roads named after foreigners: Yersin, Pasteur, Calmette and Alexandre de Rhodes. The first three have gone down in history as sterling health professionals, each playing an instrumental role in important medical discoveries, while the latter, Jesuit missionary Alexandre de Rhodes, is widely recognized for his contributions to the development of Vietnam’s modern-day alphabet.