Your ‘New Year’s Dissolution!’ Tour
One New Years Eve resolution that is easy to keep is ’Laugh More! You die in the end, Dummy!’
The Laughter Factory is here to rescue your sanity and prevent you from falling off the wagon and into the abyss of expat boredom.
‘If comedy is the new Rock n Roll then Tom Stade is Keith Richards’
This January, the Laughter Factory is giving Barsha Heights and Al Furjan an injection of pure wickedness with two brand new venues opening at TRYP by Wyndam Dubai and Al Fujan Clubhouse.
To ensure you and your crew are laughing non-stop we have one of the worlds most respected stand ups, Tom Stade making sure you sit up straight and pay attaention.
Ask most comics who their favourite comedian is and his name nearly always crops up. Described by the Guardian as, “AN EPIC QUALITY THAT ELEVATES EVERYDAY OBSERVATIONS TO A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE.
Tom Stade is one of the most distinctive and exciting talents in the comedy world
Also, Larry Dean was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year when he was 23, and since then his star has continued to rise.
Invited to join Kevin Hart at ‘The Just for Laughs’ comedy festival in Montreal, Larry Dean has a pure gag rate that matches any arena comic.
Finally, having been proclaimed a feminist icon in Cape Town, JoJo Smith swiftly moved on and made the laid back Aussies wonder what had hit them.
This elder stateswoman of British stand up is far too outrageous for television. You have to come and see her live and try if you can, to remember her words.
Where & When:
The Laughter Factory, January 2019 tour dates
Thursday January 10th, 9pm – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai
Friday January 11th, 9pm – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai
Saturday January 12th, 8PM – ON42 Media One, Dubai Media City
Wednesday January 16th, 8pm – Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi
Thursday January 17th, 9pm – TRYP by Wyndham Dubai, Barsha Heights
Friday January 18th 7PM (Early Show) – Jumeirah Islands Club, Dubai
Friday January 18th, 9pm – Al Furjan Club House, Pavillion Dubai
Tickets, priced at AED 160 including VAT Visit www.thelaughterfactory.com to make a booking today.
Meet the comics
STAR OF BBC ONE’S LIVE AT THE APOLLO, THE JOHN BISHOP SHOW
& MICHAEL MCINTYRE’S COMEDY ROADSHOW
CH4’S COMEDY GALA & STAND-UP FOR THE WEEK
& DAVE’S ONE NIGHT STAND
Since arriving in the UK, Canadian émigré Tom Stade has steadily earned a reputation as one of the most distinctive and exciting stand-up talents around. He instantly made a splash on the UK circuit with his magnetic stage presence and first-class story-telling, and after years topping the bill and playing at international comedy festivals around the globe, he is now established as a leading touring act in his own right, and finds himself well on the road to being a household name.
A prolific writer, Tom is a regular fixture at the Edinburgh festival (the city he has chosen to call home); playing every year to sell-out crowds, and steadily growing his audience. He has toured with a brand-new show every year since 2011, playing to packed houses across the UK, garnering rave reviews and amassing legions of fans. Last year, he returned to the Edinburgh Festival with I Swear; a show he toured extensively across the UK throughout 2017 with extra dates added due to phenomenal demand. Picking up where he left off, Tom returned to the festival this year with the sequel to his previous show: I Swear To. Tom will be touring this latest show across the UK next year.
Tom’s irrepressible charm translated effortlessly to TV, and he has been invited onto every major stand-up TV show in the country. He has performed on BBC One’s The John Bishop Show and has performed twice on BBC One’s Live at the Apollo. He performed to his largest live audience to date joining the star-studded line-up on Ch4’s Comedy Gala at London’s 02 arena back in 2013. He has also performed on Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Lee Mack’s All Star Cast, both for BBC One, Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live for BBC Three and The Boyle Variety Performance for Ch4. He has performed twice on Ch4’s Stand-Up for the Week, was given an extended set on Dave’s One Night Stand and has also guested on BBC 2’s topical panel show Mock The Week. Other stand-up appearances include Comedy Central’s The World Stand’s Up, ITV2’s Comedy Cuts and multiple performances on Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store.
Tom was the co-writer and co-star of Frankie Boyle’s Ch4 infamous and edgy series Tramadol Nights. He has starred as a spoof chat-show host in Come Fringe Yourself with Tom Stade, which was recorded at the Edinburgh festival in 2015 and gathered a cult online following. He then went on to co-write and star in an online series entitled M.U.F.F. alongside Daniel Sloss. The innovative series; which was set in an anarchic TV production company was entirely independently funded and produced, and encapsulated Tom’s carefree, entrepreneurial spirit and wild imagination.
Back in his native Canada, Tom appeared in the critically acclaimed sitcom The Newsroom and the award-winning feature film My Own Private Oshawa. As a stand-up he starred in his own hour special for CBC/Comedy Central Stade and Confused.
A stylish and engaging live performer, Tom remains in great demand internationally and has accepted invitations to perform at notable comedy festivals worldwide including New York, Aspen, Montreal, Toronto, Amsterdam, Kilkenny, Adelaide, Melbourne and New Zealand. He has regularly entertained British troops overseas, braving the freezing cold Falklands, and been under fire in Afghanistan and Iraq; proving his utter versatility and universal appeal. His brilliance and flair earned him a nomination for Best Headliner at the Chortle Awards.
Tom Stade Live was released on DVD in 2013 and is widely available online. He recorded and produced his last live show I Swear; which is now available to download for free from his website.
EDINBURGH 2018 TOM STADE: I SWEAR TO – Gilded Balloon White Rose Theatre
EDINBURGH 2017 TOM STADE: I SWEAR – Gilded Balloon Debating Hall
EDINBURGH 2015 TOM STADE: YOU’RE WELCOME – Assembly Rooms
GIANT LEAP – Pleasance – starring alongside Phil Nichol
EDINBURGH 2014 TOM STADE: DECISIONS, DECISIONS – Assembly Rooms
EDINBURGH 2013 TOM STADE: 12 NIGHTS ONLY – Assembly Rooms, Limited Run
EDINBURGH 2012 TOM STADE TOTALLY ROCKS – Pleasance Courtyard
EDINBURGH 2011 TOM STADE: WHAT YEAR WAS THAT? – Pleasance Courtyard
EDINBURGH 2008 TOM STADE: OH FUCK DO WE NEED A TITLE TOO? – The Stand
EDINBURGH 2007 TOM STADE: SETLIST – The Stand
EDINBURGH 2006 TOM STADE: AND RELAX – The Stand
TRUE WEST – Assembly Rooms – starring alongside Phil Nichol in Pulitzer prize-winner Sam Shepard’s comical expose of sibling rivalry.
INTERNATIONAL COMEDY FESTIVALS
MELBOURNE, April 2013 Best of the Edinburgh Fest
KILKENNY, June 2008
MELBOURNE, March/April 2008 Best of the Edinburgh Fest
ADELAIDE, Feb/March 2007 Best of the Edinburgh Fest
KILKENNY, June 2006
ADELAIDE, Feb/March 2006 Best of the Edinburgh Fest
NEW ZEALAND, March 2006
Edinburgh Evening News
“EVERY INCH A STAR…SUPER CONFIDENCE AND CHARISMA.
IF COMEDY IS THE NEW ROCK ‘N’ ROLL, THEN TOM STADE IS KEITH RICHARDS”
Scottish Daily Record
“SO COOL HE COULD WELL BE THE ANSWER TO GLOBAL WARMING…GLORIOUSLY FUNNY SILLY AND SMART”
“ROCK ‘N’ ROLL COMEDIAN. ABSOLUTELY BOXFRESH. NOTHING IS STAID ABOUT STADE. HOT FAVOURITE”
“HUGE PRESENCE…REALLY KNOWS HOW TO WORK A ROOM…ATTITUDE AND ENERGY…
PROPERLY HILARIOUS, THOROUGHLY ENJOYABLE”
“ONE OF THE BEST PRACTITIONERS OF STAND-UP WE’VE GOT, WITH A SHEDFUL OF CLASSY ROUTINES…
THE SORT OF COMIC YOU COULD LISTEN TO ALL NIGHT AND YOU SUSPECT HE’S GOT
THE MATERIAL TO PULL THAT OFF…STAND-UP ELITE”
“AN INSIDER’S TIP FOR COMEDY GREATNESS; COMIC RIFFS OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS”
“FRESH AND ENDLESSLY FUNNY. SLICK, INTELLIGENT, SPARKLING CHARM”
“EXTREMELY APPEALING. STADE IS A KIND OF DEBAUCHED TRUTH-TELLER…
A WISDOM THAT IS BEYOND MERE ORDINARY MORTALS…PLENTY TO SAVOUR”
“AN EPIC QUALITY THAT ELEVATES EVERYDAY OBSERVATIONS TO A PHILOSOPHICAL TREATISE.
HE IS A MASTER OF HYPERBOLE. HE POWERFULLY EMPHASISES THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS MATERIAL…
THE HONESTY IN HIS CONFESSIONS OF FECKLESSNESS IS ENDEARING. BEHIND THE SLICK POSTURING IS A MAN STILL MESSING THINGS UP, AND CONFESSING AS MUCH UNAPOLOGETICALLY, AND WITH BOMBASTIC WIT”
“IT TAKES YEARS OF HARD, DEDICATED GIGGING TO APPEAR AS RELAXED AS TOM STADE.
CHARMING, HANDSOME AND UNFLAPPABLE…POSSESSES THAT INDEFINABLE KNACK OF
DRAWING YOU COMPLETELY INTO HIS OFFBEAT PERSPECTIVE”
“GREAT CHARM AND A FOUL MOUTH. STONKINGLY GOOD…
QUALITY SATIRE, INTELLIGENT, PASSIONATE, CRACKINGLY FRESH AND VERY, VERY, FUNNY“
“A NATURAL PERFORMER…A FLAIR FOR STORYTELLING AND A VILLAINOUS SENSE OF HUMOUR…
MASTER OF HARDCORE COMEDY“
“Dean has the easy charm of an arena comic and the high joke rate too” Guardian
- Nominee: Edinburgh Comedy Award – Best Comedy Show 2018
- Winner: Amused Moose Comedy Award 2016
- Nominee: Scottish Comedy Awards Best Festival Show 2016
- Nominee: Fosters Comedy Award Best Newcomer 2015
- Winner: Scottish Comedian Of The Year 2013
- Runner Up: Brighton Fringe New Comedian Of The Year 2013
- Winner: Bath Comedy Festival New Act Of The Year 2013
- Runner Up: Piccadilly Comedy Club New Act Of The Year 2012
- Winner: Hilarious Comedy Clubs New Act Of The Year 2011
Larry Dean is an award-winning comedian and writer.
He was crowned Scottish Comedian Of The Year when he was 23, and since then his star has continued to rise. His 2015 debut Edinburgh Fringe show Out Now! received both widespread critical acclaim and a nomination for the Foster’s Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. After its success in Edinburgh, January 2016 saw Larry bring the show to London for a run of packed-out performances at the Soho Theatre. He then took the show to the Melbourne International Comedy Festival where he was one of the standout performers on the Allstars Supershow Opening Night Gala.
In 2016, Larry was invited to join the line up on Laugh Out Loud with Kevin Hart at the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs Comedy festival. He then returned to Edinburgh with his eagerly awaited new show, Farcissist, for which he won the Amused Moose Comedy Award for Best Show. He subsequently took the show on a UK-wide tour and a run at the 2017 Melbourne Comedy Festival. Fandan, Larry’s next show, enjoyed a sold-out run at the 2017 Edinburgh Fringe and was one of the British Comedy Guide’s Top 10 Best Reviewed Shows that year. Larry also performed the show at Christchurch Buskers Festival and Perth Fringeworld in February 2018 ahead of a sold out UK tour and a stint at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Later in 2018, Larry took new show Bampot to the Fringe, again receiving a raft of four and five star reviews and receiving a nomination for Best Show in the Edinburgh Comedy Awards. He is currently touring the show around the UK and Ireland. As well as his live work, Larry’s broadcasting career continues to go from strength to strength. He’s performed on BBC2’s Live at the Apollo and Mock The Week, as well as Comedy Central UK’s Roast Battle. He also previously appeared twice on BBC Presents: Best of the Edinburgh Festival, performed stand-up on Live From the Comedy Store for Comedy Central UK and been on ITV2’s Elevenish and BBC Radio 4’s Don’t Make Me Laugh. For
- Mock the Week, BBC2, 2018 (Guest)
- Live at the Apollo, BBC2, 2017 (Performer)
- Roast Battle, Comedy Central UK, 2017 (Performer/Contestant) • Live From The Comedy Store, Comedy Central, 2016 (Performer) • Drunk History, Comedy Central, 2016 (Guest)
- Laugh Out Loud with Kevin Hart – Montreal Just For Laughs, Laugh Out Loud Network, 2016 (Performer)
- Live from the BBC, BBC2, 2016 (Performer)
- Elevenish, ITV2, 2016 (Performer)
- BBC Presents: Best Of The Edinburgh Festival, 2014 & 2015
- Hawksbee and Jacobs, TalkSport, 2017 (Guest)
- Don’t Make Me Laugh, BBC Radio 4, 2016 (Performer)
- Fresh From The Fringe, BBC Radio 4, 2015 (Performer)
- Stand Up With Fred MacAulay, BBC Radio 4 Extra, 2015 (Performer)
- The Blame Game, BBC Radio Ulster, 2015 (Guest/Performer)
- Funny Kind Of Love, BBC Radio Scotland, 2015 (Guest/Performer)
- Fred MacAulay and Guests, BBC Radio Scotland & BBC 4Extra, 2014 (Guest)
- Comedy Shorts Series, Comedy Unit/BBC Worldwide, 2014 (Writer & Performer)
- BBC Presents: Best Of The Edinburgh Festival, 2014 & 2015
Unexpected and excellent ****
The Sunday Times, 2017
Has the easy charm of an areca comic and the high joke rate too The Guardian
His comedy is honest and warm, bringing us in and encouraging us to laugh ****
The Skinny, 2016
A charismatic stand-up natural whose conversational style makes it all look so easy… a keen comic mind, crafting great linguistically tricksy jokes in a show underpinned with long-distance callbacks that are genuinely creative, not just a cheap trick. Chortle – Steve Bennett
Superb timing… deserves much success ****
The Daily Mirror
One of the brightest rising stars.
Crowds in hysterics as he turns stereotypes on their head
The Metro For information please contact Chambers Management T: 0207 796 3588 W: www.chambersmgt.co.uk E: email@example.com
I doubt it’ll be too long before he’s being snapped up for countless panel games like Mock the Week and 8 Out of 10 Cats.
Fascinatingly funny…I’m sure Dean will be winning other awards in the future
The Evening Standard
Sharp and unexpected lines…an irresistible chutzpah
The audience lap up his cheeky-chappie shtick
Dean is unmissable, with razor-sharp gags and precise timing, proving that he is one to watch in years to come. Ed Fest Mag *****
Wholly unique, funny comedy… Dean is a fantastic comic
In the last quarter century JoJo has gone from open spot to late night TV personality, from global fame on the Internet to international comedy performer, not bad going for someone who until then had never stood on a stage in her life.
International performances include sold out tours of Europe, South Africa, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Cambodia, Vietnam,Thailand, The Philippines, China and the UAE. Her strong views had her proclaimed a feminist icon in Cape Town, and quite frankly the laid back Aussies wondered what had hit them. Safe to say she made quite an impact!
During the 40-odd episodes of Funny Business that JoJo wrote and presented she made a name for herself as a chat show host of the old school, that is she let the guests do the talking. Fifteen years as a newspaper journalist taught her you get more out of someone if you shut up. Her guests included Jimmy Cricket, Lee Evans, Jo Brand and Rich Hall.
A sold-out 20 date tour as support to Craig Charles quickly got her used to playing 1000+ seater venues, and she has consolidated her success as a stand-up by regularly topping the bills at venues all over the UK. She was the first (and only) comedian to encore on a Jongleurs open spot.
For Comic Relief she performed live on the Internet, and is apparently massive in Romania. She also appeared at the London Palladium in aid of the striking Liverpool Dockers, as well as countless benefits in aid of cancer research and support.
Comedy is her first love but she began her working life while still at college. Punk Rock happened, and JoJo produced her own fanzine, The Ligger. She interviewed all her heroes, The Clash, Ian Dury, the Sex Pistols, and a million one hit wonders.
The fanzine led to paid work for various music papers including Smash Hits, NME, The Face and Record Mirror. It was a positive review in the latter that led to her being invited to work for Dexys Midnight Runners as their PA.
After Dexys she became a bingo caller at Butlins, before returning to journalism. The writing reached it’s apex with a showbiz feature-writer’s job at the Evening Standard. Her quest for fame via a picture by-line led to her appearing on One Hour With Jonathan Ross. Something that was to stand her in good stead as it was production company Channel X who later approached her and offered her the chance to make Funny Business.
A diagnosis of Repetitive Strain Injury combined with an interview with the late, great Bill Hicks, gave JoJo the impetus she needed to take the plunge into the world of stand-up comedy, and she hasn’t looked back since.
JoJo made her TV stand-up debut on Craig Charles’ late night ITV show, The Funky Bunker, proving to fans of her laid-back presenting style that she could not only talk about comedy, she could do it too. They loved her ‘in yer face with a twinkle in her eye’ brand of comedy. This was followed more recently with appearances on not one but two series of Open Mike for Comedy Central.
JoJo finally made her solo Edinburgh Fringe debut with her critically-acclaimed autobiographical show entitled I Was Mick Jones’ Bank Clerk in 2016.
WHAT THE PAPERS SAY
“A manic force, leading where male stand-ups fear to tread”
Sydney Morning Herald
“Raunchy comedienne, very, very, funny”
London Evening Standard
“It’s worth seeking out Funny Business on ITV in the early hours of Sunday morning. JoJo Smith pulls off the difficult task of analysing comedy while being funny at the same time”
Martin Kelner, Daily Mail
“JoJo Smith is a rollicking good stand-up, but she is also so blue she makes Jo Brand look like one of the nuns in The Sound of Music”
James Rampton, The Independent
“The funniest, most dangerous woman in Britain”
Cape Argus, Cape Town
Pick of the Week -Sunday Times
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 recognized by numerous publications, winning several accolades over its two-decade history, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Time Out Dubai in 2013.
Gail Clough (co-founder)
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