Featuring rising talents and internationally recognized comedians from around the world.

This April, Asia’s biggest international comedy festival is back, with shows across Thailand.

Magner’s International Comedy Festival will kick off in Pattaya on Apr 4 (Holiday Inn), before heading to Bangkok for the Festival Gala on Apr 5 (Westin Grande Sukhumvit). It will then head to Phuket on Apr 7 and Koh Samui on Apr 14.

The Bangkok show promises a lineup of both internationally recognized comics and emerging talents. Top of the bill is Scottish-born, Canada-raised comedian, singer-songwriter, actor and Edinburgh Fringe (the Glastonbury of comedy) veteran Phil Nichol. Nichol’s mischievous and frenetic style of stand-up can race through topics from religion to sex and relationships in the space of seconds.

Other names include UK-based Canadian comedian Dana Alexander, who received rave reviews for her 2011 Fringe debut and has featured on prominent TV shows including Russell Howard’s Good News (UK) and Comedy Now (CA). Joining her will be Australian comedy maverick and political activist Shayne Hunter, whose socially aware style is biting and hilarious.

Other names include whip-smart Singapore-based comic Sam See; the 2016 winner of Bangkok’s Magner’s Big V Competition, Sunanda Sachatrakul; and the theatrical Bangkok-based North Carolinian comedian Meg Anderson.

Tickets cost from B600 on Ticketflap, or B900 on the door. VIP packages with free-flow drinks, prime seats and meet-and-greet opportunities are B1,400.

Apr 5, 8pm. Westin Grande Sukhumvit Hotel, 259 Sukhumvit Rd., 02-207-8000.