What’s this then, a party shop?
You mean you haven’t heard of The Laughter Factory? We need to get you up to speed. This is the longest-running comedy night in the Middle East, having started up in 1997.
Sounds good. Is it all local comedians from around the Middle East?
Actually, it’s partnered with the UK’s famous The Comedy Store, and every month the organisers bring over three international comedians to tour the UAE and Qatar. So as well as being the longest-running, it also puts on the biggest names.
Will I have heard of any of these comedians before? I don’t follow the scene too closely, but I like to think I know enough.
It’s more than likely. Over the years, The Laughter Factory has brought over some big household names. Jason Manford has now been out twice (his most recent show in the city was in August), and the organisers have also hosted stand-up performances from Michael McIntyre, Sarah Millican and Frankie Boyle.
The team actually put quite a lot of work into upcoming talent, and many of those big stars toured when they were still on the rise. While some have since come back here a couple of times, they usually perform in cavernous rooms to hundreds of people – The Laughter Factory offers the chance to watch them in a more intimate venue, where you don’t have to rely on huge screens to see them.
Aside from the big guns, how would you rate the rest?
A lot of the other comedians have made appearances on TV shows such as Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and 8 Out of 10 Cats, so you might recognise them.
Even if you haven’t heard of them, it’s a good way to discover new talent and find your new favourite stand-up. After all, whoever you see might turn out to be the next Michael McIntyre – and at the very least, there’s always a great crowd and buzzing atmosphere.
Lovely stuff – I can’t wait to go.
Great, because November’s line-up has just been announced. This month, American comedian David Fulton will performing alongside British comics Mick Ferry and Alistair Barrie. Expect a hilarious take on topical issues, sly deliveries, plenty of audience interaction and lots, and lots of laughter.
For more information on this month’s sho, or visit www.thelaughterfactory.com.