Summer might be coming – but there’s no need to dial it down just yet. Because the Laughter Factory is making every month count, with a special season-closing mini-tour, running June 1-3.
Hosting three gigs in three venues, on the eve of the summer lull, we’re making sure the 2015/16 nightlife season wraps with an almighty bang. This month’s bill stars three absolute stormers: Live at the Apollo and Never Mind the Buzzcocks regular Mike Wilmot, polymathic media personality Josh Howie and Irish trailblazer John Lynn.
We’ll be back with another tour in July to keep you chuckling – but our June gigs could be your last night out on the town for some time. What you going to do… stay home?!
The Laughter Factory, June tour dates
Wednesday June 1, 8pm – McGettigan’s JLT (at The Baggot)
Thursday June 2, 9pm – Grand Millennium Hotel, TECOM
Friday June 3, 9pm – Mövenpick Hotel Jumeirah Beach, JBR
Tickets, priced at Dh140, book your ticket
Introducing the comics…
If you don’t know Mike Wilmot by now, you have been missing a trick. The Canadian comic has been touring internationally for more than 20 years, building up a loyal following in the UK, where he has appeared on key TV shows including Live at the Apollo and multiple stints on Never Mind the Buzzcocks. Other trophies in Mike’s cabinet include a Time Out Comedy Award and a Barry Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. More proof of Wilmot’s A-list status is that he signed to Off the Kerb – the same management agency behind Jack Dee, Lee Evans, Jo Brand, Alan Carr, Michael McIntyre, and once negotiated a Dh100 million deal for Jonathan Ross. The critics love him, too, Time Out noting that he “exudes intelligence and sweat in equal measures… Wilmot can give any other stand-up alive lessons”. Even the stuffy Sunday Times said Wilmot’s “close-to-the-bone repertoire leaves the audience in a state of hilarity that most comedians can only dream of.” Don’t believe us? Check Wilmot’s last Live at the Apollo clip on YouTube and tell us it didn’t leave you smiling.
Also a journalist and writer, Josh is a regular contributor to The Guardian, The Times, and The Daily Mail and wrote the Fears of a Clown column for Blokely. All this bizarre life experience feeds into his intoxicatingly funny stand-up which, in a five-star review, The Scotsman branded “brilliantly clever, honest, utterly engaging and absolutely fearless.”
Branded “the rising star of Irish comedy”, by The Sunday Times, John Lynn has enjoyed a meteoric ascent in just a few years – since turning his back on a career as a secondary schoolteacher (he says he misses the kids who used to abuse him – sometimes). Described by the Irish Daily Mail as a “charming rouge who enters some very dark territory”, John has signed a deal with NBC Universal to release his first stand-up DVD, and is now preparing for a solo debut at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer which will doubtless see his star continue to rise. Catch him now before he gets too big.
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, Frankie Boyle, Dara O’Brien, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican and Kevin Bridges.
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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