St Patrick's Day comedy in the GCC

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We’re pleased as punch about a new stand up comedy show themed around St Patrick’s Day.

Heard the one about the Irishman that walks into a bar? Well, soon there will be three Irishmen walking into a bar – well a number of different bars, because the trio are performing a Paddy’s Day comedy show with Punchline Comedy Club across Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha. Check the dates at the bottom of the article.

The comedians, Chris Kent, Colum McDonnell and Andrew Stanley, have scheduled five performances for the UAE and Doha in Qatar, between February 27 and March 7. We speak to the funny men about their tour.

Chris Kent

As this is a St Patrick’s Day show, what can UAE audiences expect?

They can expect me telling jokes and stories, while I constantly try to remember what time it is back home. I plan to do my set with a snake draped around my shoulders, while standing in a giant pint of hops… so no, I’ve not prepared anything special really.

What are you looking forward to as you prepare for your Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Doha shows?
I am actually just really looking forward to doing the gigs, and seeing how the Irish who have left are getting on in the Middle East. I love performing away from home.

Have you ever been to Abu Dhabi?
No. I know there is a Ferrari World. I’d like to visit it and buy a sticker for my Toyota Yaris… which actually belongs to a friend but I don’t mind sharing.

People say there are different types of laughs from audiences. Do you agree?
Yeah, there are loads of laughs. The problem with a really funny or distinctive laugh is that it can be distracting and you know when they don’t find something funny. A bit of diversity makes a good audience I think and a good room can make a great show.

Have you met or worked with the other two acts before?
I have met and worked with the lads loads and they are great craic, I can’t wait to hang out with them and have a laugh.

Where do you get inspiration?
My family – especially my dad. They make me want to share stories and make people laugh.

By Caroline McEneaney
Time Out Doha,

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