On the Couch with Diana Nguyen

MICF19 Diana Nguyen Dirty DianaWho is Diana Nguyen?
Diana Nguyen is a nonstop creative machine. I got into stand up because I realized it was the space where I couldn’t be pulled off stage. I am releasing a web series that I co-created – www.phiandme.com.au. It’s taken five years. Ready to give birth. I am dirty – I would love to throw an egg at Fraser Anning’s head too.

What would you do differently to what you do now?
When I was 22 years old I had an opportunity to do further acting studies (ie VCA and WAAPA) but I chose love. Don’t choose love!

Who inspires you and why?
In the comedy scene I freaking admire Ali Wong and Ronny Chieng. They have taken comedy to another scene. Ali Wong just keeps having babies and doing specials on Netflix, and Ronny Chieng was a lawyer then became a comedian and now acts in movies. Stop taking my job Ronny!

What would you do to make a difference in the world?
How long is this couch? Kindness. If everyone respected each other and were kind, we wouldn’t have murder and violence in the world.  #TrueStory

Favourite holiday destination and why?
In 2017, I walked the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Which means I carried 7kgs on my back while walking 820kms in 33 days. It was the crazy thing to do before Edinburgh Fringe. That’s right. I walked 820kms before performing in Edinburgh – 28 shows in 14 days. How did I do it? I’m just dirty.

When friends come to town, what attraction would you take them to, and why?
The Crown Casino hourly fire light installation. In Winter it is a great place to keep warm and the closest thing to dragons.

What are you currently reading?
The Barefoot Investor for Families by Scott Pape – because I want money, and I would like to have a family.

What are you currently listening to?
A lot of dirty songs. Dirrty by Christina Aguilera and Pony by Ginuwine.

Happiness is?
A nice big snuggle.

What does the future hold for you?
Four weeks of comedy shows at MICF, releasing my web series, and then heading to VidCon in LA to talk about LinkedIn. Yes, LinkedIn. Follow me to find out more!

Diana performs her latest show, Dirty Diana at Storyville Melbourne as part of the 2019 Melbourne International Comedy Festival from 27 March to 21 April. For more information, visit: www.comedyfestival.com.au for details.

Image: Diana Nguyen (supplied)

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