Anh Do with wife Suzanne in 2005, walking the red carpet at the premiere of Footy Legends
2 June 1977
stand-up comedian, author
Anh Do (born 2 June 1977) 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 in 2007. His first book, ‘The Happiest Refugee’, won Australian Book Of The Year and each of his ‘Weir Do’ children’s book series have been national bestsellers. As an artist, Anh has won numerous awards and in 2014 he was selected as a finalist 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 Do and his family fled to Australia as refugees in 1980. In his 2010 autobiography, The Happiest Refugee, Do tells of how his family survived five days in a leaky fishing boat nine and a half metres long and two metres wide. During the trip his family and the rest of the passengers were attacked by two different bands of pirates. The first group stole one out of the two engines and the second group of pirates stole the second engine, which had been broken but repaired by Anh's father using a piece of rubber from a thong. It was reported that as the second band of pirates left, one of them threw a gallon of water onboard which kept all but one of the refugees alive, until they were finally rescued by a German Merchant ship. The boat was packed with 40 Vietnamese refugees fleeing across the Indian Ocean. "We were crammed in like sardines," he said. The Happiest Refugee has won many awards, including the 2011 Australian Book of the Year, Biography of the Year and Newcomer of the Year, as well as the Indie Book of the Year Award 2011, Non-fiction Indie Book of the Year 2011, and it was shortlisted for the 2011 NSW Premier's Literary Awards, Community Relations Commission Award.
Anh Do attended St Aloysius' College in Milsons Point for his secondary education. When he was 14 he started a small business breeding tropical fish. While studying his first year of law at the University of Technology, Sydney, he owned a stall which sold American-Indian artefacts, which he later expanded to four franchised stores. Six months before finishing his combined Business Law degree, law firms offered him jobs which required 60 hours of work a week. He opted to take up stand-up comedy instead. Since 2013 Do has cut back on comedy to focus on painting full-time again and was a finalist in the Archibald Prize in 2014.
- 2011 Independent Booksellers Book of the Year (for The Happiest Refugee)
- 2011 Joint winner (with musician Paul Kelly) of the Biography of the Year (for The Happiest Refugee)
- 2011 Best Newcomer (for The Happiest Refugee)
- 2011 Book of the Year (for The Happiest Refugee)
- Double the Fist (2008) as Krakbot
- Crooked Business (2008) as Benny Wing
- Kick (2007) as Hoa Tran
- Footy Legends (2006) as Luc Vu
- Solo (2006) as Nguyen
- Pizza as Chong Fat (2005–2007)
- Blue Water High – (Episode: It's Hard to Be Normal) (2005) as Robbo
- Little Fish (2005) as Tran
- The Finished People (2003) as Factory Worker
- All Saints (2003) (Episode: The Devil to Pay) as Tim Salter
- Don't Blame Me (2002) as Vinnie
- SeaChange (2000) as Quan Tho
Filmography (as himself)
- Anh Does Brazil (2014) as Host
- Anh Does Iceland (2014) as Host
- Anh Does Scandinavia (2014) as Host
- Anh Does Britain (2013) as Host
- Anh Does Vietnam, (2012) as Host
- Talking Heads (2010, Series 6 Episode 33) Guest
- Top Gear Australia (2009) as Guest
- The Squiz (2009) as Host
- Made In China (2008) as Host
- Short and Curly as Host
- Deal or No Deal Special (2007) as Contestant (Won maximum prize of $200,000)
- Dancing with the Stars (2007) as Contestant
- Thank God You're Here (2006 & 2007) as Contestant
- The NRL Footy Show, comedian
- Matty Johns Show as Himself in segment Anh Can Do
- Pictures of You, as Guest
- "Profile: Anh Do". The Age (Melbourne). 2 February 2011.
- Do, Anh (2010). The Happiest Refugee. Allen&Unwin. ISBN 978-1-74237-238-9.
- McCowen, Sharyn. "Happiest refugee gives 'all credit to big fella upstairs'". The Catholic Weekly. Retrieved 7 February 2014.
- Taylor, Andrew (5 September 2014). "Why comedian Anh Do turned his hand to painting for the Archibald Prize". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 14 December 2015.
- David Wenham proud of Better Man's message, TV Tonight, 30 July 2013
- Comedian Anh Do wins indie book prize | ABC Radio 26 July 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2013
- Comedian wins top book prize | ABC News 15 March 2011. Retrieved 2 August 2013