Do happy on stage despite difficulties as young refugee

WHEN you see comedian Anh Do, you can't help but notice his constant beaming smile.

And the title of his latest ground-breaking stand-up show reflects his cheerful nature. Do will perform The Happiest Refugee for Rockhampton fans at the Pilbeam Theatre on October 25.

Do's struggles as a young refugee - his difficulties with English, divorcing parents, being bullied and broke - are brought to life in this hilarious but moving new stage show, garnering this happy refugee standing ovations across the country.

Performed at various venues around Australia in October and November, the show combines humour, real life stories, photos and filmed pieces to retell Do's amazing story.

Do travelled to Australia in 1980 on an eight-metre fishing boat with 47 other Vietnamese refugees.

Sick with dehydration and one person already dead, the journey was the first of many struggles for a young Do, who overcame all manner of difficulties throughout his life to become a lawyer and, in 2008, Australia's Comedian of the Year.

Today he is one of Australia's most sought after stand-up comics, as well as a talented actor, producer, corporate entertainer and writer.

The Happiest Refugee, released in book form in 2011, was recently awarded Book of the Year with sales in excess of 350,000.

THE HAPPIEST REFUGEE

WHAT: Anh Do's latest stand-up show

WHERE: Pilbeam Theatre

WHEN: Saturday October 25, 8pm

TICKETS: Adult $49.90, phone 4927 4111 or go to pilbeamtheatre.com.au



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