Allyson June Smith to headline

‘U expats are funny’ tour at
The Laughter Factory


Fan favourites Prince Abdi and Ian Coppinger to co-headline February tour


The Laughter Factory will return in February with a not to be missed tour starring three very distinct voices.

Canada’s most wanted female stand up Allyson June Smyth is impossible not to enjoy. A show full of guaranteed nonstop laughter makes this woman an absolute delight to headline any bill. Not only is she Jason Manfords favourite new stand up, but he took her on tour to open his shows.

In close competition, Ian Coppinger is one of Irelands most respected comics. With never a dull moment in his set, his charm and wit have a zero fail record when it comes to keeping his audiences entertained.

Finally Prince Abdi is building a solid reputation on the UK black comedy circuit as the hottest new thing. A comedy rising star to be watched in a small venue while you can still see him at close range. Two more years and we predict he will be playing big theatres.

This show will bring you some quirky, unique takes on expat life, that is bound to hit a few raw nerves, as well as their individual style of global humour.


Introducing the comics


Allyson June Smyth

Since 2000, Allyson June Smith has been tickling Canada’s comedy scene from the moment she put down the chalk brush and picked up a mic. Playing to packed rooms has become like another day in the classroom for this former school teacher.

Her credits include her own hour long Comedy Now special, appearances on CBC Radio’s hit show The Debaters, and the Winnipeg, Halifax and Just For Laughs Festivals, to name just a few. A multiple Canadian Comedy Award nominee for Best Female Stand-Up, she performs for audiences ranging from corporations to the most rural of gatherings. Whether she was the emcee, support, or headliner, she’s delighted them all.

After working her way across Canada, Allyson now has taken her craft to the UK. Using her sassy blend of in-your-face stand-up and hilariously insightful commentary, she now works for major UK promoters and comedy clubs.

It is her genuine and unique sense of humor, combined with excellent performance timing, that has made audiences laugh. This teacher-come-comic is ready to show international audiences why she is a sought-after fan favourite.


Ian Coppinger

One of Irelands busiest comedians Ian is a regular on the world comedy circuit having played to packed houses at the Edinburgh, Melbourne, Montreal Just For Laughs, Galway, Electric Picnic, Glastonbury, Glasgow, Dublin, Adelaide and Wellington comedy festivals. Ian is also one of a handful of acts who has been invited back year after year to perform at the Kilkenny Cat Laughs Comedy Festival since 1995 and has performed throughout Europe, the Middle and Far East. A regular on all the major stages in Ireland and the UK Ian has also appeared as a support act for Ardal O Hanlon on his UK tour and Pat Shortt on his Irish tour, including 7 sell out weeks in Dublins Vicar Street. Ian has also appeared on The Panel Live tour 2008 and in 2007 had 250,000 copies of his cd distributed in the Irish Press. A noted improviser Ian is a co-founder of The Dublin Comedy Improv (1992), where he still performs every Monday night in Dublins International Bar, which is Irelands second longest running comedy club. The Dublin Comedy Improv have recorded two hit radio shows for RTE. Ian is also a regular guest with the world famous Comedy Store Players performing alongside Paul Merton, Richard Vranch, Josie Lawrence and many members of Whose Iine Is It Anyway?. Ian has also toured Australia, New Zealand, the Middle and Far East as Whose Line Is It Anyway? with the original British cast members. the only improviser to have been invited to perform at every Cat Laughs Comedy Festival in Kilkenny since 1995 where Ian has improvised alongside some of the great improvisers in the world.

Acting Credits The End (short film) Seperation Anxiety (feature film) 12 Angry Men (Edinburgh fesival 2003, Australia and New Zealand 2004. also starring Bill Bailey, Steve Frost and Owen O Neill, this became the biggest selling play ever staged at the Edinburgh fringe festival) One Flew Over The Cuckoos Nest (Edinburgh festival 2004 and Londons west end 2004, 2005 and 2006. also starring Christian Slater, Mackenzie crook (The Office) and Alex Kingston (Er, Doctor Who), this became one of the biggest selling plays in recent west end history).The Odd Couple (Edinburgh 2005. also starring Alan Davies and Bill Bailey, this then became the biggest selling play ever staged at the Edinburgh fringe festival).


Prince Abdi

British Somali comedian Prince Abdi is a versatile and unique story teller.

A feel good comedian, he draws in the audience with great stories and hilarious jokes.

As well as the UK, Prince regularly performs all over the world, including in countries such as the USA, Canada, Turkey, Holland, Northern Ireland and Kenya.

Prince has just finished the Cape Town international comedy festival.

Having written and starred in his own TV sketch show for the BBC, Prince has also appeared on Comedy Central, BBC, ITV and Channel 4.


The Laughter Factory – listings

What: The Laughter Factory starring Allyson June Smyth, Ian Coppinger and Prince Abdi


February 8th & 9th – Moevenpick JBR, 9PM

February 14th – Raddisson Blu Ajman, 8PM

February 15th  – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights (TECOM), 9PM

February 16th – Jumeirah Golf Estates, 7PM

February 16th – Jumeirah Creek Hotel, 9PM


 Price: Dhs150 – book now at thelaughterfactory.com

Evening pre-show drinks and buffet packages are available from venues marked with a *, from Dh270. See thelaughterfactory.com. Ages 21+ only.


About The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, proudly making the GCC laugh since 1997. Evert month The Laughter Factory hosts a fresh bill of three different professional comedians, 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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