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Comedy institution The Laughter Factory announces an all-star line-up to tour across the UAE this January

New York funny woman, Carmen Lynch will be treating us to a mater class in live stand up. Followed by Scottish comedian of the year Mark Nelson and finally, “Mock the week’ favourite Luke Toulson, will make up a triple bill of funny

The monthly “Best International Stand-up” tour launches on Thursday 11th January with a whopping 9 show run across the UAE.


Introducing the comics…

Carmen Lynch

Carmen Lynch is based in NYC and has been featured on a string of late night shows including The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson and twice on The Late Show with David Letterman. This past year she performed a sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with her show “Lynched” and has travelled abroad performing for the troops in Iraq and Kuwait as well as in Spanish-speaking countries doing stand up in Spanish. Her album “Dance Like You Don’t Need the Money” is available on iTunes and on carmenlynch.com.


Mark Nelson

Since winning the inaugural Scottish Comedian of the Year Award in 2006, barely a year after his first-ever open-spot, Mark Nelson’s mix of dark humour, cutting observations and superb one-liners has seen him firmly established as one of the UK’s biggest-hitting comedy powerhouses.

With a likeable manner on stage belying some of the stronger content, Nelson often has audiences laughing at things they know they really shouldn’t be laughing at. An MA degree in Politics from Glasgow University supports his brilliantly topical writing and, although his stand-up is certainly not for the easily offended, the material is intelligent, well conceived and beautifully crafted, all supported by a very confident delivery. He is therefore a very sought-after comedian and writer, with both the skill and intellect to be able to adapt his material to suit and entertain any club, theatre or corporate audiences.

Nelson has sold out his hour-long shows at nine Glasgow International Comedy Festivals [Lowering The Tone (2007), Aftershock (2008), Smile You Son Of A Bitch (2009), Offending The Senses (2010), Guilty Pleasure (2011), Under The Radar (2012), Nelson—Live (2014),  He has also performed six hugely successful seasons at the Edinburgh Fringe with his solo shows Offending The Senses (2010), Guilty Pleasure (2011), Under The Radar (2012), Please Think Responsibly (2014),  Smiley Face (2016) receiving much critical acclaim. In 2011, 2Entertain, BBC Worldwide’s video distribution label, gave him a talent deal and he is very much in-demand as a headlining act across the UK, Ireland and beyond.

His 2017 solo show Irreverence makes its debut at the Edinburgh Fringe, performing a season at the Gilded Balloon.

Nelson has sold out his hour-long shows at nine Glasgow International Comedy Festivals [Lowering The Tone (2007), Aftershock (2008), Smile You Son Of A Bitch (2009), OFFENDING THE SENSES (2010), GUILTY PLEASURE (2011), UNDER THE RADAR (2012), NELSON – LIVE (2014), OLDER THAN JESUS (2015), SMILEY FACE (2016)].

Nelson’s excellent writing skills are also being recognised. His debut radio series Mark Nelson’s Guide To Marriage broadcast in December 2013 and won the Scottish Comedy Awards Radio prize. He supplied material for Jason Manford’s A Funny Old Week, three series of Russell Howard’s Good News. Mark also wrote and performed sketches, topical stand-up and co-hosted (with Susan Calman) BBC Scotland’s 2014 Commonwealth Games satirical comedy series Don’t Drop The Baton.

In 2016 Mark created a series of online clips, The News At 2, for BBC Scotland’s Short Stuffstrand and co-starring his two-year-old daughter. Featuring topics such as Global Warming, Donald Trump and the Economy, the clips went “viral” and he was commissioned to make more, starting with one on the Brexit turmoil. Now rebranded The News At 3, he released several more in 2017 with a number of them, including the hilarious Valentine’s Day, again going viral with views in the many millions. Another subsequent clip released in time for Easter is approaching 70 million views alone. The popularity of these clips has seen The News At 3 being mentioned in the Scottish Parliament as part of the discussion about a new BBC in Scotland and becoming the biggest social media phenomenon in the BBC’s history with audience engagement approaching 100 million views.

Widely recognised as a superb stand-up, including being crowned 2015’s Best Headliner at the Scottish Comedy Awards, Nelson has no gimmicks, relies on no frills—his work is just consistently top-quality comedy, pure unadulterated stand-up of the highest order.


Luke Toulson

Award-winning stand-up comedian Luke Toulson has appeared on the BBC’s Russell Howard’s Good News and written for comedians appearing on Mock The Week and Live at The Apollo. His Edinburgh Fringe show ‘I Don’t Know How I Feel About My Kids’ was selected by Amused Moose as one of the Top 10 Comedy Shows at the Fringe.

Luke’s charming, laid-back delivery disguises some of the funniest and most brutally frank material on the circuit. He regularly performs at the biggest and best comedy clubs in the UK, including the world famous Comedy Store.

a gifted comic” The Sunday Times
incredibly funny” – Chortle
The Laughter Factory, January tour dates


Thursday Jan. 11th, 9pm – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai

Friday Jan. 12th, 7pm (Early show) – Senara, The Palm Island, Dubai

Friday Jan. 12th, 9pm (Late Show) – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai

Monday Jan. 15th, 8pm – Jekyll & Hyde, Currency House DIFC

Wednesday Jan 17th, 8pm – Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi

Thursday Jan. 18th, 7pm (Early Show) – ON42, Media One Hotel, Dubai Media City

Thursday Jan. 18th, 9pm (Late Show) – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai

Friday Jan. 19th, 7pm (Early Show) – Jumeirah Golf Estate, Dubai

Friday Jan. 19th, 9pm (Late Show) – DoubleTree by Hilton Business Bay, Dubai


Tickets, priced at AED140

Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com to make a booking today.



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.


Media contact

Gail Clough (co-founder)

+97150 100 3074




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