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The Magners International Comedy Festival

There’s been some big build up to this festival — three heats of an amateur comedy competition and growing swathes of publicity — but after a long wait and lots of organising, the second annual Magners International Comedy Festival will finally get lift-off in Ho Chi Minh City and Hanoi.

Four shows will run over five days in late March with some big, big names being flown in by Magners Irish Cider. Here’s the breakdown.

Monday March 20

La Fenetre Soleil, HCMC - 44 Ly Tu Trong, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

Entrance VND200,000

The all-Vietnam finals of the amateur comedy competition, the Big V, hosted by Lars Calleiou (CAN) and Matthew Giffen (UK).

Tuesday, March 21

Game On Saigon, HCMC - 115 Ho Tung Mau, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

Entrance VND250,000 (VND200,000 before Friday, March 19)

The Pro Night featuring Dana Alexander (CAN), Andre King (NZ) and John Robertson (AUS)


Wednesday, March 22

Caravelle Hotel, HCMC - 19 Cong Truong Lam Son, Q1, Ho Chi Minh City

Entrance VND400,000 (VND300,000 in advance)

The Grand Gala featuring Dana Alexander (CAN), John Robertson (AUS), Andre King (NZ), Matthew Giffen (UK) and Lars Callieou (CAN)


Thursday, March 23

Standing Bar, Hanoi - 170 Tran Vu, Ba Dinh, Hanoi

Entrance VND250,000 (VND200,000 before Monday, March 21)

The Festival in Hanoi featuring Andre King (NZ), Lars Callieou (CAN) and Jim Brewsky (US)

Prepare for a feast of tummy tickling, side-splitting laughter. You may even shed a tear or two.



Monday, March 20

The Big V Comedy Competition

For information and table reservations for the Big V all-Vietnam finals, click on or email


Tuesday, March 21

The Pro Night

Tickets available at Game On Saigon or online at For information click on


Wednesday, March 22

The Grand Gala

Tickets available at the Business Centre, 2nd Floor, Caravelle Saigon or online at For information click on


Thursday, March 23

The Festival in Hanoi

Tickets are available at Standing Bar or online via

The festival website with information on all the shows can be found at For more information on the festival in Vietnam, please email

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