Dubai Comedy Festival in Full Swing Despite Weather Hiccup


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The Dubai Comedy Festival is bringing side-splitting joy to the city, with a star-studded lineup of international and regional comedians taking center stage. However, even the best-laid plans can be disrupted by Mother Nature, as evidenced by the recent postponement of Al Murray’s show due to a bout of unexpected bad weather.

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Dubai Comedy Festival: Al Murray Takes the Stage (But a Day Later)

British comedy favorite Al Murray was originally scheduled to tickle Dubai’s funny bone on Tuesday, April 16th. Unfortunately, thunder, lightning, and hail forced a postponement. Fear not, fans! The show will go on, rescheduled for Wednesday, April 17th, at the Dubai Opera, with a slightly modified start time of 6:30 PM. Ticket holders have been notified of the change.

 Dubai Comedy Festival: A Festival of Laughter Across Multiple Venues

The Dubai Comedy Festival, running from April 12th to 21st, is a laughter marathon spread across prestigious venues like the Dubai Opera and the Coca-Cola Arena. Additionally, Roxy Cinemas in Dubai Hills Mall plays host to a selection of shows featuring rising stars from the Egyptian, Emirati, and South African comedy scenes.

A Stellar Lineup of International and Regional Talent

The  Dubai Comedy Festival boasts a diverse lineup guaranteed to cater to a wide range of comedic tastes. Here’s a glimpse at some of the headliners:

  • Canadian Comedy Powerhouse Katherine Ryan: Renowned for her Netflix specials and appearances on popular UK panel shows, Ryan kicks off the festival on opening night at the Dubai Opera.
  • The “Seinfeld of France”: Gad Elmaleh, a French comedic legend known for his relatable observational humor, opens the festival with two French-language shows at the Dubai Opera on April 12th and 13th.
  • British Expat Favorite Al Murray: Fresh off his rescheduled performance, Al Murray brings his signature wit, honed through appearances on shows like Taskmaster, to the Dubai Opera stage.

Beyond the Big Names: A Stage for Rising Stars

The  Dubai Comedy Festival shines a spotlight on rising stars as well. Indian comic Anubhav Singh Bassi, known as Bassi, brings his viral online success (over 200 million views!) and brand new show “Kisi Ko Batana Mat” (Don’t Tell Anyone) to Dubai. American comedian Amer Zahr joins the lineup alongside British stand-up Mo Gilligan and the podcasting duo Spencer & Vogue.

Festival Fun for All Budgets

The Dubai Comedy Festival offers something for everyone, not just in terms of comedic style but also affordability. Tickets start at a budget-friendly Dh 105, making it an accessible way to experience world-class entertainment.

How to Catch the Laughs

For a complete overview of the  Dubai Comedy Festival’s schedule and ticket information, visit the official website or refer to the following breakdown:

  • Comedy Bizarre: A multi-day showcase of comedic talent at the Dubai Opera Studio (April 12th – 21st, excluding April 15th and 18th; Dh 75)
  • Individual Shows: From Gad Elmaleh’s opening French performances (starting at Dh 250) to Katherine Ryan’s headlining act (starting at Dh 195) and many more, there’s a show to suit every taste and budget.

Don’t let the weather dampen your spirits! The Dubai Comedy Festival offers a ten-day extravaganza of laughter, with something for everyone. So, grab your tickets and get ready for a side-splitting experience!

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