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Anh Do talks about the highs and lows of his journey from refugee to one of Australia's best-loved and most successful comedians.

In this world first TV event, Go Back To Where You Came From follows six ordinary Australians - Raye, Darren, Gleny, Adam, Roderick and Raquel - who hold very different perspectives about refugees and asylum seekers. The six participants agree to challenge their preconceived notions by embarking on a confronting 25 day journey. Tracing in reverse the journeys that refugees have taken to reach Australia, they will travel to some of the most dangerous and desperate corners of the world.


Aussie comedian Anh Do chats about arriving in Australia as a Vietnamese refugee, being attacked by pirates and how the experience inspired him to write a book. Adam Hills In Gordon St Tonight has all the usual talk show trimmings -- celebrity guests, great comedy and live music - with all the excitement and spontaneity you'd expect from one of the country's best live comedians. In his 21 years as a stand-up comic Adam Hills has become renowned world-wide for his lightning wit, inclusive nature and penchant for ad-libbing with a crowd. His shows have a reputation for running off on audience-led tangents that result in unpredictable outcomes, often involving his Twitter followers in the joke. The everyday suddenly turns into comedy. With his new show Adam will be bringing that unique and unpredictable live experience to television.

Anh Do's memoir, 'The Happiest Refugee' has been honoured by the Australian Book Industry Awards. The comedian and author was granted three awards for the acclaimed book.

Historical Context

Anh Do Official Website

“The Happiest Refugee” is both Anh Do’s debut in the literary industry, and a bruisingly honest depiction of his life to date. The book starts with Do’s parents meeting and falling in love in war torn Vietnam, and tracks a young Anh as he and his family journey from their homeland to a refugee camp in Malaysia and finally Australia.


Podcast Interviews


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