The Laughter Factory’s '25th Annivesary' Tour featuring Mike Marino, Mike Rice and Cory Michaelis comes to some stunning Dubai venues from Thursday 24 June to Friday 2 July
The Laughter Factory comedy club has been keeping comedy fans in the Gulf deliriously happy for a whopping 25 years.
It continues to grow by producing funnier more global shows, attracting a much younger more diverse audience.
In June 1996 Dubai’s entertainment scene consisted mainly of musical duos sporting mullets and murdering ‘Hotel California’ in bars. Gail Clough was a DJ and Duncan Jones was a drummer, they both wanted to watch some live comedy. Hence, the Laughter Factory was born.
At the Hyatt Regency, Deira up and coming voices such as Russell Peters, Frankie Boyle, Lee Mack and Dara O’Briain had just exploded onto the UK comedy scene. The next generation brought us Michael McIntryre, Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges, Mickey Flanagan, Sarah Millican and Jason Manford.
A huge portion of the successful comics on UK TV today can trace part of their roots to our tiny much-loved club in the desert.
Owner Gail Clough says, “The idea that a comic has an authentic voice, rather than just telling jokes is one of major reasons that the Laughter Factory has thrived for 25 years. Life is an ever-changing picture. The Laughter Factory wants its comedy to reflect this.
We are conscious of creating a space where established comics keep mentoring the younger acts. This is what keeps the circuit alive. We want somewhere comedians and comedy fans can come together and enjoy each other.
Being based in Dubai has meant that we are not part of a comedy scene, like in the UK, Canada and US. This has been in some ways beneficial. We don’t get caught up with the latest comedy fads. We focus totally on our audiences and what makes them laugh”.
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