Stop the world! We need to get off and laugh!

 Seeing Glenn Wool should be compulsory for the melancholy. Danish dynamo Sofie Hagen to return after Edinburgh sell out tour followed by ‘Mock the Week’ star, Mark Watson are going to be the highlight of your month this April

       It’s time to start taking responsibility for your own happiness and what better way than watching three of the worlds finest stand ups amuse you and a bunch of your mates. We guarantee that nothing will bring you closer.

Talking constant nonsense can be draining, so for one night a month give your mouth a break and let the professionals do it for you. Trust us, you will feel so much better at the end.

If you haven’t yet heard of Sofie Hagen, we can guarantee you will soon – since winning the career-making Best Newcomer award at last year’s Edinburgh Fringe, this 28-year-old Danish dynamo has exploded, landing mainstream TV slots including BBC’s The One Show and Comedy Central’s Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central.

Also on the bill will be ‘ Mock the week star’ Mark Watson and

One final question  “Why aren’t you in a queue somewhere buying a ticket?” The Scotsman asked us about Canadian TV star Glen Wool. Whose appearances on ‘Never Mind the Buzzcocks’ set UK tongues wagging at full speed.

If you like Stewart Lee, Daniel Kitson and Bridget Christie, they would all buy a ticket to see this show.


Introducing the Comics

Mark Watson

Mark Watson is one of the country’s most beloved and critically acclaimed live comedians and has had a long and notable Fringe career since he was nominated for Best Newcomer at the 2005 Perrier Awards, before being awarded the 2006 if.comedy Panel Prize for performing one of his now-legendary marathon stand-up shows. Away from Edinburgh, he’s taken home the Time Out Critics Choice Award, been nominated for a Barry Award from the Melbourne Comedy Festival, as well as winning Best Show at both Sydney and Adelaide.

Last year saw Mark write songs, hurl coconuts and beg piggy-backs as part of Dave’s BAFTA-winning Taskmaster. In a less pleasant TV engagement, he lost almost three stone and faced a crippling lifelong phobia during a much talked-about stint on The Island with Bear Grylls (C4). Mark has also regularly appeared on BBC 2’s Never Mind The Buzzcocks, and Mock the Week, BBC 1’s Would I Lie To You and Have I Got News For You. He has performed stand-up on BBC 1’s Live At The Apollo, Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Channel 4’s Comedy Gala and was the star of Dave TV’s Road to Rio, as well as the host of BBC 4’s We Need Answers. He’s won Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity Pointless and he once dressed up as a badger for terrible Sky One show Wild Things.

 As well as his TV and live work Mark has been a Radio 4 mainstay for a decade, with his various series Mark Watson Talks A Bit About Life, Mark Watson Makes The World Substantially Better and Mark Watson’s Live Address To The Nation. For the past two years he’s hosted the final of the BBC New Comedy Award – one of the only comedy shows on the network to go out live.

On top of his comedy stardom Mark has seven books under his belt. Since last Edinburgh, his graphic novel Dan and Sam has been optioned as a feature film by Steven Spielberg’s Amblin Entertainment and is now in development.

Following sell out Edinburgh Fringe runs in 2015 and 2016 plus a sell out UK tour, award winning comedian George Egg (the ‘Anarchist Cook’) returns with a BRAND NEW SHOW demonstrating more live cooking and laugh-out-loud comedy.


Sofie Hagen

Best Newcomer Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards 2015

Sofie’s assured, informed and deeply personal comedy has made her a star in the UK and throughout Europe.
She is currently on a UK and European Tour and is one of the most in-demand new voices going.


BBC Ouch Storytelling Live How to Stalk a Band Outsiders (3 part Blap) Live from the BBC

The Morning After
Best of the Fest (BBC at the Edinburgh) The One Show

Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central Alan Davies: Apres Ski
Sjov Med Sex (Fun With Sex)
Zulu Comedy Gala: ‘The New Hope of Comedy’


The Museum of Curiosity The Guilty Feminist
The Now Show
Fresh from the Fringe Comedy Club

Lols Lounge The Verb

BBC iPlayer Channel 4 Channel 4
BBC One Comedy Central BBC2

TV2 Zulu Kanal7

Radio 4 Podcast

BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 4

BBC Radio 4 BBC Radio 1 BBC Radio 4

Writer / Host 2017 Writer / Performer 2016 Writer / Performer 2016 Writer / Performer 2016 Performer 2015 Writer / Performer 2015 Guest 2015 Performer 2015 Guest 2014 Performer 2014 Performer 2012

Performer 2016 Creator / Writer 2016 Writer / Performer 2015 Writer / Performer 2015 Writer / Performer 2015 Writer / Performer 2014 Performer 2014

Press and Awards
Foster’s Edinburgh Comedy Awards – Best Newcomer 2015

Chortle Awards – Best Newcomer 2014 Sofie Hagen: Bubblewrap

★★★★★ “Hilarious… clever, touching and funny” THE MIRROR

★★★★★ “A
★★★★ “A charming show, if littered with unexpected filth” SUNDAY TIMES


Winner: Laughing Horse New Act of the Year 2013 Winner: Danish Open in Stand Up – Star of the Future 2011 Runner Up: Leicester Square New Comedian 2013
Finalist: Funny Women 2012

warm, confident show…Hagen is hilarious” THE SKINNY

★★★★1/2 “Hagen’s debut hour is fantastic… consistently funny, personal, and a slyly powerful show…this certainly is the show of a winner” CHORTLE

★★★★ “A dark story told lightly and honestly, and with plenty of wry wit… filthy and graphic, but somehow polite” TIME OUT
★★★★ “Incredibly funny” THE HERALD

★★★★ “A tightly wrapped, beautifully jewelled little investigation into female self-confidence and artistic awakening… a beautiful demonstration of varied jo

In recent years Glenn has hit the International circuit in a big way, performing to huge crowds in Singapore, Holland, Dubai, New York and Los Angeles where he is currently living. He’s also a popular addition to many of the great Summer music Festivals in the UK, including Reading & Leeds, Latitude, Bestival, Download and of course Glastonbury.


Glenn Wool

Glenn is a regular TV face having made appearances on John Olivers New York Comedy Show (USA), 7DAYS (NZ), Melbourne Comedy Gala (AUS), Funny as Hell (HBO/CAN) Russell Howards Good News (UK), Never Mind The Buzzcocks, The BBC Stand Up Show, The Live Floor Show, 28 Acts in 28 Minutes and The Comic side of Seven Days for the BBC. The World Stands Up, Comedy Blue and Edinburgh and Beyond for Comedy Central,   He continues to be a regular in Comedy Cuts, the comedy show from ITV2.   Glenn also wrote and starred in What’s The Story?’ broadcast on Channel 4 as part of the Comedy Lab season.

Podcasts are familiar to Glenn too having recently been on Marc Marons WTF?, Richard Herrings As It Occurs To Me, Graham Clark & Dave Chumka’s STOP PODCASTING YOURSELF and for Radio Political Animal and 28 Acts in 28 Minutesfor BBC Radio 4 as well as headlining 4 at the Store (R4) and The Late Night Comedy Show for Radio 1.

Praise for Glenn

“Effortlessly funny with an affability that other comics can only dream of – You have to go and see Glenn Wool. ” The Guardian

“Edgy, imaginative, funny and original, Canadian born Wool sets the standards at the fringe” Daily Telegraph

“If Like me, you believe that nobody could be much funnier than a cross between Jack Black and Meat Loaf, then you’ll be pleased to learn that such a man exists”  The Independent on Sunday

“The funniest and most sharply observed comedy at this years festival” Skinny Fest *****

“Why aren’t you in a queue somewhere buying a ticket?” The Scotsman

“Seeing Glenn Wool perform should be made compulsory for the melancholy. There’s no way you won’t feel a bit better about the world afterwards.  Lethally funny” ****Metro

“Absolutely hilarious” Independent


Where & When:

The Laughter Factory, April tour dates

Thursday Apr. 19th, 9pm – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai

Friday Apr. 20th, 7pm (Early show) – ON42 Media One, Dubai Media City

Friday Apr. 20th, 9pm (Late Show) – Móvenpick JBR, Dubai

Wednesday Apr. 25th, 8pm – DoubleTree by Hilton Marjan Island, Ras Al Khaimah

Thursday Apr. 26th, 8pm (Early Show) – Courtyard by Marriott Dubai Green Community

Thursday Apr. 26th, 9pm (Late Show) – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai


Tickets, priced at AED 150 including VAT

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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