It's 1975: the last day of the Vietnam war. A nine-year-old boy jumped onto a leaking prawn trawler on the Saigon River with only a box of dried biscuits and some seasick pills.
After surviving thirst, hunger and somehow cheating death, Hung Le became one of the first Vietnamese boat people to land in Australia.
The firsts didn’t end there for Hung. On his very first attempt at stand-up comedy, he not only headlined, he received an encore.
An author, musician, clown, actor and all round song and dance man… Hung’s stand up work and theatre shows are always edgy, satirical, political and his musical send ups go straight for the jocular.
Hung is a favourite at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival, Edinburgh Festival and Melbourne International Comedy Festival; and he has made and appeared in documentaries for the ABC, SBS, Discovery Channel.
As an actor, Hung has featured in films such as The Wogboy, Fat Pizza, True Love and Chaos, Broken Hill and Sensitive New Age Killer.
The Empire Theatre Pop-Up presents a full program of traditional stand-up comedy, drag variety and surprise guest comedians as part of Melbourne International Comedy Festival and the Empire Theatre Pop-Up.