While the Thao Dien area of Saigon continues its exponential growth, one key street manages to maintain its attachment with the past.

After a dormant couple of years, live music, both original and cover-based, is on its way up again in the capital.

The growth of the comedy scene comes down to the work of a number of individuals in both Hanoi and Saigon. Here are a few of them.

In December 2017, the helmet law came into effect. A decade later, and there’s still headroom to grow.

For the third year running, in March and April Ho Chi Minh City will play host to the Magners International Comedy Festival. This year the extravaganza will be bigger and better than ever.

In early January, Heart of Darkness brewery sponsored the heats of the third annual Vietnam Amateur Comedy Competition. For the wider comedy scene, this year’s tournament marked a watershed. Words by Billy Gray and Nick Ross

In mid-March, audiences are set for an amazing night of comedy when America’s very own ‘Deadbeat Hero’ brings his acerbic wit to Saigon.

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