Diana Nguyen presents, as a part of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival
by Louise Jog Gorham
27 March – 21 April, 2019 Storyville Melbourne – 185 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD www.diananguyen.com.au
A left of the middle stand-up show, Dirty Diana hits the ground running at Storyville Melbourne this March amidst a blaze of storytelling, song, and dance. Covering an array of lively topics including her Mum, men, and her Mum’s opinion on the topic of her and men, Diana Nguyen is mastering the art of talking dirty during the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
Diana Nguyen just wants more work in the entertainment industry. She wants to buy a house and raise her fantasy children and she suspects that if Pauline Hanson could focus more on Asians again she might be able to keep her dreams alive. Celebrating life through the trials of a 33-year-old single Vietnamese-Australian comedian, this is no longer her mother’s nightmare. It’s hers.
“My previous show Naked was all about my email account being hacked and a friend downloading nude images of me.”, explains Diana Nguyen.
“It was humiliating. I was violated and it took a long time, but I decided I didn’t want to stay silent anymore so I wrote a show around it. Since Naked I’ve found a strength and catharsis in addressing confronting and taboo topics in my life through comedy. It’s been my way of getting through the darkness and bringing issues to light. From being approached by audience afterwards you discover you’re really not alone. Dirty Diana deals with the breakdown of a recent long-term relationship and evaluating the muck of male relationships in my life. How dirty I get to be in one, and what it takes to leave one.”
The only female Vietnamese-Australian comedian performing at this years’ MICF, Diana Nguyen has performed all over Australia and Internationally with her co-created 4.5 Star theatre show Phi and Me and much lauded stand-up show Naked. She has appeared on Q&A (ABC), Fox Footy and Friday Front Bar, and various prostitute roles on Australian TV.
★★★★1/2 – Herald Sun (Phi and Me)
★★★★ – The Australia Times (Naked)
27 March – 21 April, 2019
27 March – 7 April: Tues – Fri and Sun 7:15pm, Sat 6:15pm 9 – 21 April: Tues – Fri and Sun 9:45pm, Sat 8:45pm Tickets: $29 Full ($21 on Wed and Sun), $21 Concession, Preview, Tight Tues and Grps 4+ Bookings online at www.diananguyen.com.au/dirtydiana and www.comedyfestival.com.au/2019/shows/dirty-diana Venue: Storyville Melbourne – 185 Lonsdale St, Melbourne CBD (Corner of Waratah Place) www.diananguyen.com.au