Review: Anh Do: The Happiest Refugee Live


Comedian Anh Do shares the events that shaped his life, from arriving in Australia as a refugee from Vietnam to receiving one of Australian art’s highest honours.

Our review: 

Anh Do’s The Happiest Refugee Live is exactly what is needed to combat the increasing amount of negative news we’re faced with each day.

The one-man performance, based on Do’s book of the same name, recounts the extraordinary moments that have shaped Do’s life, including arriving in Australia as a refugee, his parent’s divorce, starting out in comedy, and losing Dancing with the Stars.

Do effortlessly transitions between laugh-out-loud anecdotes of growing up in the poorer suburbs of Sydney to the harrowing physical and psychological impacts that almost dying at sea while escaping war-torn Vietnam, adjusting to a new country had, and continues to have, on his extended family.

Do’s is a natural entertainer and his performance is charming, thoughtful and self-deprecating. His family-friendly humour is full of positive energy, good will and optimism.

Each of Do’s anecdotes related back to the importance of family and how love and laughter can help people cope with, and perhaps even overcome, the hand that life has dealt them.

The Happiest Refugee Live is a truly uplifting performance, leaving the audience with the desire to be better people and the motivation to make the most of their life experiences. 

The Happiest Refugee is available as a book and Do and Russell Crowe are working to adapt the story in to a feature film.

Final verdict: 4.5/5