The Happiest Refugee
Anh Do is a Vietnamese born Australian author, comedian and artist. He has appeared on many Australian TV shows such as Thank God You’re Here, Good News Week, Anh Does Vietnam and was runner-up on Dancing With The Stars. His first book, ‘The Happiest Refugee’, won Australian Book Of The Year and each of his children’s book series have been national bestsellers. As an artist, Anh has won numerous awards including People’s Choice for The Archibald Prize. Each year he tours Australia performing his comedy show, ‘The Happiest Refugee Live’. He is also an in-demand corporate speaker. Anh studied a combined Business Law degree at the University of Technology, Sydney. He is the brother of film director Khoa Do and has acted in several of Khoa’s films, including Footy Legends, which he co-wrote and produced.
Anh arrived in Australia at age 3 on a small fishing boat packed with 47 other Vietnamese refugees. Having survived pirate attacks, dehydration, and internment in a Malaysian refugee camp, young Anh came through this adversity with a determination to make the most out of life. No one had any idea, including Anh himself, that he would go on to become one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers!
An entrepreneur through childhood (during which time he bred and sold tropical fish), as a young man Anh went on to study Business Law. Six months shy of finishing his double degree, and with multiple offers from various law firms on the table, he opted instead for a far more stable and sensible job as a comedian.
Since deciding to pursue his true calling, Anh has never looked back. He went on to bag every comedy award in town, including Sydney Comedian of the Year, and was soon able to fulfil his lifelong dream of buying his mother a house. He’s played to sell-out crowds at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Sydney Opera House, and appeared on TV shows such as Rove Live, Spicks & Specks, Thank God You’re Here, and The Footy Show. He was a grand finalist on Dancing with the Stars, on which he was a huge favourite with the voting home audience. This saw him offered his own TV show, Made in China with Anh Do, an Olympics special which rated through the roof. Off the back of this, Anh produced the highly successful Anh Does series with Channel 7.