The bevy of belly laughs, otherwise known as the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, is just around the proverbial corner and, as with previous hugely successful years, talent is both locally grown and internationally imported.
Locally grown Diana Nguyen is excited to bring her show, Chasing Keanu Reeves, to this year’s Festival. A new stand-up show from the creator of much-lauded Phi and Me, Naked and Dirty Diana, Chasing Keanu Reeves is about being a fool, falling over, and snort laughing through it all. An unconventional fast-paced 50-minute celebration of the eternally “emerging comedian”, it’s also about Keanu Reeves. Spoiler alert.
A heady mix of storytelling, song, and dance, covering an array of lively topics in no particular order – including the ever popular take her Mother has on her choices – Chasing Keanu Reeves celebrates life through the trials of a 34-year-old (short term) single Vietnamese-Australian comedian.
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
If you have imagined looking into Keanu Reeves’ eyes or chasing Keanu Reeves to kiss you, then this is your show. Also Diana is freezing her eggs with her stand-up wage.
It’s all about chasing life, love, freezing eggs, and fame. And Keanu Reeves.
What/Who was its inspiration?
The inspiration came after seeing a meme of Keanu Reeves that has gone viral where he’s sitting on a bench. A guy who seems to have it all; the looks, the voice, The Matrix, and he can still look human. It made my ovaries weep.
What do you think its best quality is?
Downright hilarious stories of chasing men on Linkedin in order to try and find a husband. With 34k followers on Linkedin, I’m bound to find a Sugar Daddy, or Sugar Mummy? Right?
Why should people see it?
If you’re looking for comedy that’s fast-paced and hilarious but also has heart, this might be a good fit.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
I will try my best to fly in Keanu Reeves for my show. I will try my best!
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
I’ve been told I talk a lot of about my mum in my shows.
She lives inside of me. Having disruptive teenage years with my mum I’ve found in my work, that when I speak about her, it is actually writing her a love story.
How do you say thank you to someone who came to Australia as a refugee on a boat for you?
Who makes you want to create?
My ovaries want to create at the moment, but I’ve decided to hold the process so I can work on myself. That important thing called “Self-Love”.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
When I was in grade six I remember standing up in class during show and tell and announcing to everyone that I wanted to be a comedian. Grade six.
This little kid who wrote jokes about each person in the class and read it out every week. I had so much time back then.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?Joy is my caffeine.
I talked about it in a TedXTalk I did recently. I don’t know what else I would do if I didn’t create art every single day. Since being made redundant in 2016, I’ve slaved and worked in the industry full time as a creative entrepreneur. This is my caffeine.
What are 3 words that describe you?
Hearty, witty, HOT
What are 3 things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I’m named after Princess Diana and my two sisters names are Princess Anne, and Princess Sarah Fergie (minus the Fergie).
I am a producer of SnortCast Comedy. I was bulled in year 8. I had a cold and during lunchtime I laughed too hard and a snort bubble came out of my nose, and back in again. I moved groups after being bullied.
I walked 820Kms for fun in Spain in 33 days. I would do it again.
What is next for you?
I am working on Fat Pizza in 2020 and a documentary and also Season 2 of Phi and Me (www.phiandme.tv). The first season was funded by Screen Australia.
Chasing Keanu Reeves
26 March – April 19