Book your Christmas party now with The Laughter Factory
Why not celebrate the holiday season with some sensational stand-up?
It’s nearly that time of year again – but before you strike another year off the calendar there’s one last chance to laugh at The Laughter Factory.
To make sure the holiday season goes off with a bang, we’ve put together a special package for group bookings in December. Combining food, drink and laughs, our festive evening brunch packages are ideal for groups of old friends and office parties alike. See below for full details of the deal.
Meanwhile, the bill we’ve put together for December is something else – starring an Englishman, an Irishman, and an Australian…
British comedian Ian Stone is a regular star of TV shows such as Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and a stand-up veteran unanimously praised by critics, including The Guardian and The Independent.
Irish A-lister Jarlath Regan is the charismatic stand-up and presenter riding a wave of acclaim as host of award-winning smash podcast An Irishman Abroad.
Straight-talking Wayne Deakin is a fearless Aussie raconteur, who arrives fresh from making headlines for his brashly confessional approach with this year’s Edinburgh Fringe show, Talk Hard.
The Laughter Factory – December listings
What: The Laughter Factory starring Ian Stone, Jarlath Regan and Wayne Deakin
Monday, December 5th – Grand Hyatt, DOHA Qatar 8PM
Tuesday, December 6th – Grand Hyatt, DOHA Qatar 8PM
Wednesday, December 7th – McGettigan’s, JLT The Baggot 8PM
Thursday, December 8th – Grand Millennium Hotel Dubai, Barsha Heights 9PM
Friday, December 9th – Moevenpick, JBR 9PM
Price: Dhs140/QR 140 – book now at thelaughterfactory.com
Christmas Party Evening Brunch, from Dh280, available from selected venues, see thelaughterfactory.com. Ages 21+ only.
Contact: 00971 50 878 6728
Christmas party details
Bookings are now open for our special festive party packages, which take place at a choice of two venues depending on your culinary preferences:
• Toshi, the excellent Asian restaurant at Grand Millennium Tecom (Barsha Heights), on Thursday December 8.
• The Talk, the signature international eatery at Movenpick JBR, on Friday December 9.
At both venues you and your guests can sit down to a five-star buffet, with all the trimmings and free-flowing beverages, from 7pm, before the show starts at 9pm.
Packages start from Dh280 with soft drinks (or Dh320 with house beverages, including hops, grape and short drinks) – including tickets to the show (normally Dh140).
Inclusive drinks packages are also available during the show – call 04355 1862 for details.
Introducing the comics…
Praised as “seriously funny” by The Guardian and ranked amongst the top ten stand-ups in Britain by The Independent, Ian Stone can lay claim to being one of the most respected comedians working in the UK right now.
After 20 years in the business, Stone’s style has been honed to a delicate art – edgy and provocative, fearlessly topical, yet laid-back and self-deprecating. Ian returns to the UAE midway through a never ending tour which has seen him gig on four continents. He was notably the first British stand-up to perform in Moscow, and the first comic onstage at The Comedy Store in Mumbai. Stone’s TV credits match his high profile, with regular appearances on hit shows including the BBC’s Mock the Week, Never Mind the Buzzcocks and The Stand Up Show, ITV’s Saturday Live, Live at Jongleurs and The Katy Brand Show, Channel 4’s The 11 O’Clock Show, Channel 5’s The Comedy Store and Paramount’s The World Stands Up.
A footie fanatic, Stone will be familiar to supporters as the presenter of ESPN’s award-winning Off the Ball – which later became BT Sport’s The Football’s On – a long-running, weekly comedy sports panel which welcomed Alan Davies, Dara O’Briain, Lee Mack, Omid Djalili, Ardal O’Hanlon and Phil Jupitus in its first incarnation, and Frankie Boyle, Micky Flanagan, David Baddiel, Sean Lock and Alan Davies in its second. On the radio, Ian is a regular on many sports shows, including BBC Radio 5 Live’s Fighting Talk, co-hosted Absolute Radio’s Rock n’ Roll Football alongside Ian Wright, and is a repeat guest on Ed Byrne’s review show What’s So Funny?
“Stone’s skill as a comedian is in highlighting the stupidity of the common man through beautifully crafted stories, peppered with gags and asides,” praised Chortle. “Hilarious throughout… not a word is wasted.”
Writer, broadcaster, illustrator, podcaster… and stand-up comic – Jarlath Regan has turned his hand to many pursuits – and succeeded at them all.
Among the most multi-talented performers on the planet, this Irish émigrée may today be best known for the overnight success of his smash podcast An Irishman Abroad. The concept sees Regan interview the Emerald Isle’s most famous exports, with previous guests of the 100-plus episodes including Graham Linehan, Dara O’Briain, Chris O’Dowd and musician Lisa Hannigan.
Since launching in 2013, the show has attracted a global audience and glowing praise from all corners. After topping the downloads chart, An Irishman Abroad was named the best new podcast in iTunes Best of 2013 list. The show has been unanimously praised by the press, including The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph, that said it “could turn out to be one of the biggest podcasts since Ricky Gervais picked up a microphone.” Several years earlier came his first book, How To Break Bad News, which collected Jarlath’s hilarious, darkly comedic greeting cards. Such a unique concept gained many celebrity fans, including Ardal O’Hanlon who called it “original, funny and deliciously wrong.”
It was followed up by a second compendium of 200 new comedic illustrations, Putting A Ring On It – What Not To Do When Attempting To Get Married, another cult hit in 2011. But way before all of this, Regan earned his stripes as a stand-up comic of the highest calibre. Shortly after first taking to the stage in 2003 he was instantly lauded as a finalist in notable national competitions So You Think You’re Funny and the BBC New Comedy Awards.
Next Jarlath went global, hitting the international festival circuit with appearances including Montreal’s Just for Laughs, New Zealand’s International Comedy Festival and festivals in Melbourne, Adelaide and Brisbane as part of the Best of The Edinburgh Fest Showcase tours. A regular at that career-making Scottish festival, Regan has now authored seven hit solo Edinburgh Fringe shows in the past nine years. Known for an uplifting and an ever-inventive approach, his stage work has attracted numerous rave reviews from newspapers including The Metro, The Herald, and a full five-stars from The Independent.
Wayne Deakin is living, breathing proof you can make a good joke out of anything. It doesn’t matter how left-field, how horrendous, or how conventionally off-bounds the subject matter may be – Deakin will face it head-on. He made fresh headlines for his brashly frank approach with this year’s Edinburgh Fringe show, Talk Hard.
An outspoken, straight-talking Aussie, an unashamed bit-of-a-bloke unafraid to push a gag to its absolute extreme – does he really love Rupert Murdoch? – Deakin is a car crash too explosive to take your eyes off. Just wait and see if he plays his trademark live truth or dare, and see for yourself. Currently based in London, Deakin has more than 15 years experience touring across Europe, North America, Australia and Asia.
Highlights include stints at top New York comedy spots Carolines and The Improv, headlining the Melbourne International Comedy Festival and hosting for a week as MC at Las Vegas’s world famous Laff Trax Comedy Club.
About The Laughter Factory
The Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, proudly making the GCC laugh since 1997.
Thanks to a longstanding partnership with the UK’s Comedy Store, The Laughter Factory hosts a fresh bill of three different professional comedians every month, many already familiar stars of the screen on hit UK TV shows. With a reputation for quality and a sharp eye for talent, The Laughter Factory has showcased reams of A-list comics on their way to superstardom, including Michael McIntyre, Russell Peters, Ed Byrne, Dara O’Brien, Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Sean Hughes, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle.
The Laughter Factory’s commitment to comedy has been recognised by numerous publications, winning several accolades over its two-decade history, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Time Out Dubai in 2013.
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