Long-running stand-up night offers complimentary comedy to expecting mothers to mark International Women’s Day


UAE comedy institution The Laughter Factory is offering pregnant women an evening of free laughs – because happy mums, make happy babies.

Research has proved that a child’s personality is shaped by the health and mood of the mother. Laughing, meanwhile, does a world of good, flooding the body with “happy chemicals” that can be detected up to 24 hours later.

Which is why throughout March, The Laughter Factory is opening its doors for free to pregnant women.

Timed to mark International Women’s Day, which takes place March 8, this special bill will also showcase two top female comics – alongside one bloke, just to prove we’re not sexist.

On tour throughout March are two very funny ladies: Time Out London’s Best Female Comic winner Mandy Knight and Ellie Taylor, star of ITV’s Show Me the Funny.

It’s the first time The Laughter Factory has hosted two women on the bill in its 19-year history.

However the girls will have some friendly competition from Steve Shanyaski, a regular on the UK circuit often spotted onstage at all the top clubs, including The Comedy Store, Glee Club, and Jongleurs.

As always, all three comics have been handpicked by the funny people at The Comedy Store.

See below for gig dates. Any pregnant women with a visible “baby bump” will be admitted to shows at The Laughter Factory’s non-smoking venues: the Mövenpick Hotel JBR and Grand Millenium TECOM.



The Laughter Factory, March tour dates

Wednesday March 9th, 8 PM – Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Thursday March 10th, 9pm – Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR

Friday March 11th, 9pm – Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR

Wednesday March 16th, 8pm – McGettigan’s JLT

Thursday March 17th, 9pm – Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM

Tickets, priced at Dh140, are on sale now. Please call +971 4 355 1862 to make a booking.


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Introducing… The Laughter Factory “Comedy Brunch”

All-new for 2016, The Laughter Factory recently launched the UAE’s first “comedy brunch”.

That’s right: food, drinks and laughs, all under one roof… what could make a funner – or funnier – night?

The all inclusive-package offers comedy fans the chance to warm up for the show with an international buffet from a five-star hotel, alongside free-flowing house beverages (including hops, grape and short drinks).

The “evening brunch” package is available for two hours before the gigs (7pm-9pm) at the Mövenpick Hotel JBR and Grand Millenium TECOM venues only, and costs just Dhs320 (or Dhs280 for soft drinks) – including entry to the gig (normally Dhs140).

Group packages, including discounts on drinks inside the venue, are also available.

Call 04 355 1862 to book your brunch package today.


Why pregnant women should laugh?

The biology of humans is very much affected by and programmed by life experiences beginning in the uterus.

During the third trimester of pregnancy the foetus is learning about the environment around them. The young life is subjected to whatever information is coming through a mother’s circulation, such as hormones, which are known to greatly affect mood.

Research has proved prenatal experience has a huge impact on the developing human being. Low levels of the stress hormone cortisol contribute to a joyful pregnancy, and offspring are far more likely to have a cheerful disposition.

Plentyof laughter during pregnancy prepares the ground for positive mental health, for both mother and baby.

Implicit memory, which is emotional memory, also starts in the uterus. Emotional experiences are ingrained in the brain without recall, and maternal experiences are passed on to the child.

Brain circuits that get appropriate input from the environment, will develop optimally. The human brain requires positive forms of stimulus at all stages of development.

Laughter triggers the release of “happy chemicals” such as endorphins and serotonin. These enhance the immune responses of both mother and child, creating a positive state of mind.

Meanwhile, science has shown the physiological effects of watching one hour of comedy can last from 12 to 24 hours.

Positive stress, known as eustress, is also caused by laughter. It cuts through energy sapping emotions, replacing them with energising emotions.

Live comedy has to be the best way to laugh within a collective consciousness.

Which is why, to celebrate International Women’s Day, we would like to invite pregnant women to experience a night of laughs for free. It might do more good than you realise.


About TheLaughter 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.


Media contact
Gail Clough (co-founder)
+97150 100 3074


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