This January, the Laughter Factory is giving Barsha Heights and Al Furjan an injection of pure wickedness. It’s got two brand new venues opening at TRYP by Wyndam Dubai and Al Fujan Clubhouse. They’ll have Tom Stade, Larry Dean and Jojo Smith laughing you into a coma. They’re some of the most respected stand-up comics in the industry. And, here’s why.
Tom Stade with an “Epic Quality”
Tom Stade’s name undoubtedly comes upif you ask any comedian who their favourite comic is. The Guardian described him as “ an epic quality that elevates everyday observations to a philosophical treatise.” He is one of the most distinctive and exciting talents in the comedy world. He made a splash on the UK circuit with his magnetic stage presence and first-class story-telling. And after years topping the bill and playing at international comedy festivals around the globe, he is now established as a leading touring act in his own right. He finds himself well on the road to being a household name. Edinburgh Evening News calls this one “Unmissable.”
Larry Dean, Scottish Comedian of the Year
Larry Dean was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year when he was 23. Since then, his star has continued to rise. Invited to join Kevin Hart at “The Just for Laughs” comedy festival in Montreal, Larry Dean has a pure gag rate that matches any arena comic. His 2015 debut Edinburgh Fringe show Out Now! received both widespread critical acclaim and a nomination for the Foster’s Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. “A charismatic stand-up natural whose conversational style makes it all look so easy. [He’s got] a keen comic mind. [He] craft great linguistically tricksy jokes in a show underpinned with long-distance callbacks that are genuinely creative, not just a cheap trick.” said Steve Bennett of Chortle.
Jojo Smith, the Outrageous Comic from the South
Finally, having been proclaimed a feminist icon in Cape Town, JoJo Smith swiftly moved on and made the laid back Aussies wonder what had hit them. This elder stateswoman of British stand up is far too outrageous for television. You have to come and see her live and try if you can, to remember her words. In the last quarter century JoJo has gone from open spot to late night TV personality, from global fame on the Internet to international comedy performer. That’s not bad for someone who until then had never stood on a stage in her life. Cape Argus in Cape Town called her “The funniest, most dangerous woman in Britain.” Additionally, the Sydney Morning Herald named her “A manic force, leading where male stand-ups fear to tread.”
Where to catch them
Thursday January 10th, 9pm – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai
Friday January 11th, 9pm – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai
Saturday January 12th, 8PM – ON42 Media One, Dubai Media City
Wednesday January 16th, 8pm – Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Thursday January 17th, 9pm – TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights
Friday January 18th 7PM (Early Show) – Jumeirah Islands Club, Dubai
Friday January 18th, 9pm – Al Furjan Club House, Pavillion Dubai
Tickets, priced at AED 160 including VAT
Visit the Laugh Factory website to make a booking.