We all know that Spider-Man was brought up by his Uncle Ben and Aunt May and that very little is known about his parents, who both died when he was a child. We do, don’t we? Thankfully for Tom Holland, who will appear as the webbed wonder in this year’s upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming movie, his real-life father Dominic Holland is alive and well.
That’s also good news for stand-up fans, as Tom’s old man is headlining this month’s Laughter Factory, which plays on Doha shores on May 15 and May 16.
With 25 years in the comedy game, Holland Snr has made a name for himself as a writer for huge names such as Bob Monkhouse, Lenny Henry and Harry Enfield, besides writing three novels and hosting his own BBC Radio series. You might also recognise him from various TV panel shows, including Have I Got News For You. Holland’s latest book Eclipsed is all about how his eldest son is now more famous than he will ever be.
Also appearing this month is Geordie funnyman Kai Humphries who’s known for his down-to-earth wit, affable nature and bloke-down-the-pub, everyman charm.
The third name on the bill is another Brit, comedian and actor Addy Van Der Borgh. The comic is trained in clowning and physical theatre and is a hilarious physical presence on stage. He’s been called a “brilliant natural clown” by Perrier award-winner Daniel Kitson. High praise indeed.
Since 1997, the Laughter Factory has brought three top comedians to the GCC per month. It has an unrivalled hit rate, with previous stars going on to be some of the biggest names in comedy (think Michael McIntyre, Jason Manford and Kevin Bridges). Go see.
QR140. May 15-16, 8pm. Grand Hyatt Hotel, West Bay Lagoon (4448 1234).