Unless you are Jeff Bezos, I think we can quite safely say, ‘We have never been more in need of a good laugh!’. During the lockdown, the Laughter Factory has been working tirelessly to punch above their weight and sign some of the best talent in the comedy world.
Making his debut in the sandpit ‘Dublin’s Funniest Comedian’ Danny O’Brien, not only opened for Bill Burr, but smashed the granny, out of the night. All we can say is ‘stadiums are calling!
Next on the bill we invite storytelling comic Nick Page to titillate us. There’s a moment where the audience asks themselves ‘I wonder if that’s true?’. With Nick Page there is more doubt, because the stories are so outlandish, and yet at the same time there’s the sure knowledge that every story is true, and that his is a life lived laughing from disaster to disaster.
He’s definitely one of those people you shouldn’t like but do. He has an enviable gag rate, with each story and routine filled with set ups, call backs and devastating punchlines. His stories are unique, yet relate to everyone.
Finally we have to ask the question. Can Dubai handle dark, intense, intellectual humour?
How dare you even ask! Designer handbags at dawn we say!
So we are welcoming Irish times columnist Peter Flanagan. A bit of genius is what we have all been waiting for especially when it is distilled with some perfectly crafted jokes. This brilliantly funny man will shake a few cobwebs off our dusty minds and re introduce us to our former carefree self, Table service with dinner and drinks.
Main course must be paid for on the night.
When & Where:
The Laughter Factory, July 2020 tour dates
Movenpick JBR – 16th Thursday & 17th Friday July Compulsory main course prices start AED 60
Zabeel House, by Jumeriah The Greens – Wednesday 22nd July (2 course dinner is available) compulsory dinner AED 140 to be paid upon entry
Grand Millennium Barsha Heights – 23rd Thursday & 24th Friday July Compulsory main course prices start AED 35
This summer season, the 23rd edition of Dubai Summer Surprises (DSS) features a multitude of exclusively held events hosted across Dubai. The Laughter Factory Supper Club part of the seven-week extravaganza which offers exciting events, promotions and sales ranging from 25 per cent to 90 per cent off, unlimited entertainment, F&B offers and family fun.
Meet the Comics
Danny O’ Brien
Danny has been performing stand-up comedy for over of a decade, headlining regularly at top comedy clubs and festivals to worldwide audiences. As the resident host and owner of The Comedy Crunch in Dublin, one of Ireland’s most successful comedy clubs – his friendly, high energy and anecdotal style draws in an audience and brings on the big laughs with ease!
Following in the footsteps of Simon Pegg, Dylan Moran and Dara Ó Briain – Danny was handpicked in 2016 to perform as part of the iconic ‘Best of The Edinburgh Fest’ Show across Australia touring Perth World Fringe, Adelaide Fringe Festival and The Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He was asked back in 2018 and again 2019, making him the only Irish comic to do the tour a record three times.
He performed his first solo show at the 2012 Edinburgh Fringe Festival to rave reviews and scooped the title of “Dublin’s Funniest Comedian” at the prestigious “Stand Up For FM104” that same year. In 2013 Danny took part in the Irish TV show
The RTE Comedy Awards and released his first comedy album on iTunes as part of the Irish Underground Comedy Show.
He also beat sixteen of Ireland’s best up-and-coming acts to take the coveted Toilet Duck Award at Tedfest (the now-famous Father Ted celebration).
He has returned to The Edinburgh Fringe with a brand new hour each and every year since. His 2018 solo show ‘Lock-In’ sold out its entire run at The Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Galway Arts Festival, Wexford Spiegeltent Festival, Clifden Arts Festival and received rave reviews. The show toured over 60 dates all over the globe in 2019 including an extensive Irish tour as well as cities including London, Prague, Brno, Budapest, Berlin, LA and finally finishing with a month-long tour of Asia including Bangkok, Saigon, Hanoi, Jakarta, Singapore and Kuala Lumpur. His brand new show ‘Reformer’ debuted at the 2019 Edinburgh Festival and had a series of sold-out shows in the US, Europe and a whole host of Festivals as well as a 30+ date sellout Irish and UK Tour in 2020. This year also saw him launch his own brand-new podcast ‘Danny O’ Brien’s Lunch Break’ as well as several upcoming Irish Television projects including RTE’s ‘Laughter in The Eyre’ which aired in January of this year.
Danny featured in The 2017 Comedy Central Show “Brexit at Tiffany’s” and is a regular on Irish Television and Radio. He has toured nationally with Ireland’s biggest radio stars Dermot & Dave on their sell-out live show as well as regularly opening for acts such as The USA’s David Cross and Scotland’s Iain Stirling in Ireland’s premier comedy venue, Vicar Street. In 2018 he opened for American comedian Bill Burr in front of over 7,000 people in Dublin.
Quotes and Reviews:
“He opened for me at the 3Arena and f*cking murdered it!”— Bill Burr
“O’Brien is genuinely, uproariously funny with a huge stage presence and wicked timing”
– The Sunday Independent ★★★★★
“O’ Brien took to the stage like a force of nature…one suspects it won’t be too much longer before stadiums come calling” – The Examiner ★★★★★
“A perfect mix of brains, banter and brilliance”-Great Scott ★★★★★
“Danny O’ Brien absolutely nailed it!” – David Cross (Arrested Development)
“Danny is everything you could want from an Irish comedian. A born storyteller who knows how to get the crowd roaring with laughter”- Glam Adelaide ★★★★1/2
Danny is a festival favourite and has been asked to both perform and MC shows at various Irish festivals as well as regular international performances:
The Edinburgh Fringe festival (x 8)
The Vodafone Comedy Festival (x 5)
The Vodafone Comedy Carnival (x 4)
Galway International Arts Festival (x 3)
Wexford Spiegeltent Festival (X 3)
Dublin Racing Festival (x 3)
Body & Soul Festival (x 3)
Latitude Festival (UK)
BugJam Festival (UK)
Forbidden Fruit Festival
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Perth World Fringe
The Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Ravlóid (Irish speaking) Festival
Clifden Arts Festival
The Kilkenny Cat Laughs Festival
Magners International Comedy Festival Bangkok
With storytelling comics there’s a moment where the audience asks themselves ‘I wonder if that’s true?’. With Nick there is more doubt, because the stories are so outlandish, and yet at the same time there’s the sure knowledge that every story is true, and that his is a life lived laughing from disaster to disaster.
He’s definitely one of those people you shouldn’t like but do. He has an enviable gag rate, with each story and routine filled with set ups, call backs and devastating punchlines. His stories are unique, yet relate to everyone. Everyone has felt frustrated by the legal system, nobody else has tried to go to prison to prove a point. Everyone watches daytime TV, nobody else has been sacked from it for an incident involving a Russian call girl and an antique rocking horse.
Nick’s comedy has taken him all over the world, with performances in (wait for it) France, Germany, Switzerland, Hungary, Romania, Austria, Cyprus, Egypt, Turkey, Crete, China, The Philippines, Hong Kong, Afghanistan, Oman, Qatar, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Spain, Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, The Czech Republic, Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy, Singapore, Vietnam, Bali, Indonesia, Malaysia and Russia.
Nick placed second at ‘The English Comedian of the Year’ 2016. His debut Edinburgh Festival show had sell-out performances, critical acclaim and a host of 4 star reviews. He is in enormous demand in comedy clubs throughout the UK, as a headline act and MC, and has been for the last 12 years.
Social media: @nickpagecomedy
Peter Flanagan is one Ireland’s rising comedy stars.
Since arriving in London in 2016, he’s quickly become one of the most in-demand acts on the UK comedy circuit. His razor-sharp material and polished delivery has brought him to the top comedy clubs and festivals around the world, from Dublin’s Vodafone Comedy Festival to London’s world famous Comedy Store.
Internationally, Peter has performed headline sets in theatres and festivals in Australia, the Netherlands, Austria, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Spain and Switzerland.
A regular columnist for the Irish Times and the Journal, he is known for his whip-smart writing and his searing, incisive takes on Irish and British politics. He has also written material for BBC and Comedy Central.
“Robust, amiable… high laugh count” – Steve Bennett, Chortle.
“Peter is a natural…definitely one to watch!” – The Laughter Lounge
Social media handles:
Facebook: Peter Flanagan Comedy
About The Laughter Factory
The Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, proudly making the GCC laugh since 1997.
The Laughter Factory hosts a fresh bill of three top professional comedians every month, many already familiar stars of the screen on hit USA and 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, Russell Peters, Michael McIntyre, Dara O’Brien, Mickey Flanagan, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, 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 several’ best comedy night’ awards from Time Out Dubai.
Gail Clough (co-founder)
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