The Laughter Factory’s

‘Supersize Your Good Mood!’ tour

We all had to cut back on lots of things in 2020. However, 2021 is the year of sheer excess when it comes to laughter. To make sure that we gorge on more than our fair share of happiness the Laughter Factory is bringing us a line up that will leave our comedy taste buds tingling with delight, long after the show.

Making her debut on the Laughter Factory, we are thrilled to welcome, Ester Manito, an Arab Essex girl who will challenge every single preconception of what that means.

Esther’s rage, from the stage, talks stereotypes, feminism, racism, relationships and her quest to control her body hair.

Next on bill, compere extraordinaire, Stephen Grant is the winner of several of the UKs most prestigious compere awards.

This legendary performer never fails to blow away his audiences, with his witty, sophisticated examination of almost everything.

Finally, Laughter Factory royalty, John Fothergill, is the undisputed king of inappropriate, live stand up. This act produces more comedy gold than the bank of England.

So, start the year as you mean to go on, by sharing an abundance of joy, love and laughter

When & Where:
 The Laughter Factory, January 2021 tour dates

 

  • Movenpick JBR – 7th Thursday & 8th Friday January
  • Zabeel House, by Jumeriah The Greens Wednesday 13th January All pre show tables MUST BE pre-booked in LAH LAH and must be vacated by 8pm. (04-5191111). Your ticket does not automatically guarantee you a table in LAH LAH prior to the show. The show is in ‘The Box’ (opposite LAH LAH)
  • Grand Millennium Barsha Heights – 14th Thursday January
  • Grand Millennium Business Bay – 15th Friday January 7PM


 
Call 0508786728 for details.
Show tickets must be purchased on www.thelaughterfactory.com
Ticket at AED 160 including VAT
Show starts 8:30pm

Meet the comics

Ester Manito

An Arab Essex girl who will challenge every single preconception of what that means. Esther’s rage from a stage talks stereotypes, feminism, racism, relationships and her quest to control her body hair.

Esther has supported Alan Davies, Shappi Korsandi, Sindhu Vee, Jason Manford, Jo Brand and Al Murray.

Esther performs at most of the main comedy clubs on the circuit where her rage at daily injustices have made her a regular. Esther is also a regular performer on the Arab and Muslim circuit including the Super Muslim Tour.

Her debut hour “Crusade” 2019 was voted in the top ten shows by Funny women, and given 4.5 stars Edfest Magazine, 4 stars Funny Women and 4 Stars One4review.

Esther has written and performed stand up for the Nationwide TV campaign.

As heard on: BBC sounds Russel Kane’s Evil Genius, co-hosting radio 4 extras Newsjack Unplugged, CBBC Bitesize Parents, Drunk Women Solving Crime, Russell Kane’s podcast, Boys Don’t Cry and BBC new comedy awards 2016-19.

“Last time I reviewed Esther I described her as “the opposite of predictable” and “sublime” and the same applies now- ComedytoWatch 08/2020

**** EdFest Magazine 

**** Funny Women 

**** One2Watch 

Social Media 

Intsagram- @esthermanito     

Twitter- @esther_manito        

Facebook – Esther Manito 

Showreel 

Stephen Grant

WINNER BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2011

RUNNER UP BEST COMEDY SHOW – LATEST AWARDS 2010 

NOMINEE BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2010

FINALIST BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2009

FINALIST – COMEDY WRITER – MIPTV CANNES 2009

WINNER BEST COMPERE – CHORTLE AWARDS 2008

WINNER BEST COMEDIAN – JUICY AWARD 2003

FINALIST – DAILY TELEGRAPH OPEN MIC AWARD 1998

FINALIST – SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY? 1997

A repeat award winner of Best UK Compere, Stephen Grantis one of the hardest working comedy performers and writers in the UK.  He is the host of the Krater Comedy Club at Komedia, which has won Best Comedy Venue in the South for an unprecedented amount of times and is a regular headliner at The Comedy Store in Leicester Square.

He possesses an energy and intellect which combined with his eight years in the corporate world make for a perfect experienced host and entertainer for any event. Clients often return to Stephen for repeat engagements due to his ability to vary his content and material, often tailoring it specific to the client’s requirements and industry.

Stephen still finds the time to headline and MC gigs all over the country, as well as being a regular guest on The Cutting Edge at The Comedy Store, deputizing presenter on BBC Southern Counties Radio, warming up and performing on some of the biggest comedy shows on TV. His speed and dynamism create a magical energy which has audiences rapt and hanging onto his every word. It is this that led Stephen to writting for Rob Beckett on Mock the Week and for writing for Russell Kane on Live at the Electric as well as forLee Nelson’s Well Good Show for Avalon TV and Seann Walsh for Channel 4’s Stand Up For The Week.

LIVE WORK

Tour support for Russell Kane

Regular compere at Krater Comedy Club, Komedia

Regular act at Tag Comedy, Komedia

Regular contributo & guest at The Cutting Edge, The Comedy Store

Stephen is in great demand as a compere and headliner at all the major clubs in the UK and also regularly performs overseas including several return trips to China, Singapore, Dubai and Budapest and a run on a Mediterranean Cruise.

FESTIVALS

Camp Bestival

Wilderness Festival

Brighton Festival

Adelaide Fringe Festival

Brisbane Comedy Festival

Edinburgh Festival Fringe

Latitude

Glastonbury

Guildfest

RADIO

PRESENTING

Deputising presenter on various shows on BBC SCR (2003-2008)

The Fan’s Phone In, BBC Sussex (2009)

The Stephen Grant Show, BBC SCR and podcast (2005-2008)

The Brighton Festival, BBC SCR (2002-2004)

PERFORMING

Seven Day Saturday, BBC Radio 5 Live

The Good, The Bad, And The Unexpected, Dabster Productions, BBC Radio Scotland

Assorted characters, Aire FM, Metro, TFM, Minster FM, MFM, Fox

Assorted characters & voices, Radio 1

Loose Ends, BBC Radio 4

Political Animal, BBC Radio 4

28 Acts in 28 Minutes, BBC Radio 4

Colin Murray’s Frequently Unanswered Questions, BBC NI

PODCASTING

Podcast: Radio Investigates

The Brighton & Hove Albion Podcast

The E4 Podcast

VOICEOVER WORK

Voice of Paramount Comedy Festival

Various radio commercials – Southern FM/Juice 107.2

TV PRESENTING

Inside Out, BBC One, 2002-03

Noise, BBC One, 2003

Brighton Festival, BBC One, 2002

The 29 Steps, BBC One, 2001

The Estate We’re In, BBC, 2001

Stephen Grant’s Journey to the Wasteland, BBC Two, 2000

TV

When Magic Goes Wrong, Channel 5 2016

Comedy Store Series, Comedy Central 2012

Would You Rather, So Television, Pilot 2011

No Signal, FX 2009

Generation Sex, Channel 5 2008

Nuts TV Live, Nuts TV 2008

Sky Poker, Sky 2008

GMTV, ITV 2007

Britain’s Funniest Comedy Characters, Channel 5 2006

Bognor or Bust, ITV 2005

Dan & Dusty, ITV 2004

Edinburgh or Bust, Channel 4 (main character 6 eps), 2003

Cyber Café, ITV 2000-2001

Open Mic, Channel 5 1999

Comedy Nation, BBC Two 1999

Edinburgh Nights, BBC One 1999

Stand Up Live, Live TV 1998

WARM UP ARTIST

Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled

Britain Unzipped

Argumental

Claudia Winkleman Show

Show and Tell

QI (5 series)

Have I Got News For You

Mock The Week (5 series)

Harry Hill’s TV Burp

Little Britain

Celebrity Juice (2 series)

Never Mind The Buzzcocks (3 series)

They Think It’s All Over (3 Series)

Dave Gorman’s Genius

Room 101

Alan Carr’s Ding-Dong

The Omid Djalili Show

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross

Dead Ringers

Deal or No Deal (2 series)

Al Murray’s Happy Hour

The Kumars at No.42

Alistair McGowan’s Big Impression

So Graham Norton

Graham Norton’s Bigger Picture

National Lottery: In It To Win It

Not Going Out

Celebrity Mastermind

Comedy Shuffle

Survivor

Trevor McDonald’s News Knight

The Stephen K Amos Show

Johnny Vaughan

Kelsey Grammar’s Sketch Show

Balls of Steel

Mental

This Week Only

Dog Eat Dog

Imposter

Star Lives

Does Doug Know

Your World Cup Pitch

Liar

Your Face or Mine

Power

The State We’re In

Totally Football

19 Keys

Hardware

Eyes Down

Bognor or Bust

Gamestar Awards

Guilty Pleasures

Fortune

Thank God You’re Here

What The Dickens

Ornate Johnsons

I’m The Answer

Best in Preschool

You Be The Judge

Best of the Worst

Carol Vorderman’s Big Brain Game

DVD

Stephen Grant: Second, Sunipa Pictures 2009

Stephen Grant: Taken For Granted, Sunipa Pictures 2008

Stephen Grant: Live at the Theatre Royal, Sunipa Pictures 2006

PRESS

“Right from the word go his audience were in fits of laughter as we were subjected to his relentless comedy. Comedy bordering on genius.” Three Weeks ★★★★★

“He turned his comedy focus from the larger picture over to the smaller one, mining comedy gold along the way. Perfect anecdotal material, his happiness was boisterous and infectious.” The Latest 7 ★★★★★

“He’s famously pedantic, relentlessly logical and with the kind of comedy vision that can see round corners. You’re never more than 15 seconds away from a really good laugh.”Chortle ★★★★★

“Engaging, warm and likeable.” Scotland on Sunday

“Genius.” The List ★★★★

“Brilliant. This show will have you chuckling to yourself hours afterwards.” The Scotsman ★★★★

“This is tight, intelligent comedy at its best. Damn funny.”Three Weeks ★★★★

“Classic stand-up of the highest order; solid, very funny and deeply incisive.” Skinny Fest ★★★★

“Excellent.” One4Review ★★★★

“Unique and hilarious.” Broadway Baby ★★★★

“An unstoppable, ebullient motor mouth. That kind of hard-to-fake passion and cheeriness is what makes comedy-goers warm to him, and what is his greatest strength” Chortle

“Grant, whose regular slot at the Brighton Komedia Club has earned him a cult status, is an engaging host and an easy person to spend an hour with.” The Independent

“Grant revels in his slick geekiness and this show is an absolute pleasure, an intelligent fast-paced whirlwind of thoughts and theories, all wrapped up beautifully with a bit of wonderfully nerdish IT.” The List ★★★★

“Consummate comedian.” Time Out

Social:

Tweeter: https://twitter.com/stephencgrant

FB: https://www.facebook.com/sgcomedy/timeline/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/stephencgrant/

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt3Q0QGcxDDs6D14M0L8voA

Web: https://www.stephengrant.com/about/

JOHN FOTHERGILL

WITH SELL OUT SHOWS IN MOST EVERY CITY IN THE U.K, NUMEROUS APPEARANCES ACROSS THE GLOBE INCLUDING THE  FAR EAST & MIDDLE EAST,

ACCLAIMED PERFORMANCES AT CAPETOWN,ADELAIDE, MELBOURNE,NEW ZEALAND, EDINBURGH FRINGE AND DERRYS EXCLUSIVE  COMEDY FESTIVAL,

SPECIAL GUEST ACT  FOR LITTLE BRITAIN LIVE AND ED BYRNE’S LIVE TOUR , T.V. APPEARANCES INCLUDING “LIVE AT THE COMEDY STORE’, “LIVE AT JONGLEURS”  AND DUBLINS “LAUGHTER LOUNGE” ALSO VARIOUS TOPICAL COMEDY SHOWS AND A LONG TERM MEMBER OF THE “IMPRESSIVE AND INFLUENTIAL” CUTTING EDGE TEAM AT LONDONS FAMOUS COMEDY STORE , JOHN FOTHERGILL HAS PROVED HIMSELF AS A REGULAR HEADLINER AT THE MOST PRESTIGIOUS COMEDY VENUES IN THE WORLD AND ONE OF THE MOST EXPIERIENCED COMEDIANS IN THE BUSINESS.

“Everything he says is funny….he looks like he was born onstage, under a follow spot, with a mic in his hand………………………………………………THE GUARDIAN

“Relaxed and happy to banter with the crowd …the stand out

of the night…………………………..MELBOURNE-THE AGE

“A  top comedy turn and a right funny bloke…………THE SUN

One of the best things about watching live comedy is seeing a comedian finally find their comic voice. Some comics never find it, but when one does, there’s no mistaking it. Suddenly, that ordinary bloke behind the mic becomes a cartoon version of himself. Everything he says is funny, and anything that happens to him is more material for his act. It’s partly about finding out who you really are, and how the punters really see you, but the main part remains a mystery. Yet whatever that mystery consists of, John Fothergill has just found it. He’s always been a solid comic, but now he looks like he was born on stage, under a follow spot, with a mic in his hand.

 He started out in showbiz in a band called One Hand One Heart, managed by Chas Chandler of Slade,

Animals and Jimi Hendrix fame. They were   signed by Epic, then Sony, and after they were dropped, he went to work on a gas rig. It’s my guess that this cocktail of toil and rock’n’roll is what made him a comic.  See for yourself.               

 William Cook-The Guardian Guide

Social:

FB: https://www.facebook.com/john.fothergill.52

Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/fothergill.john/

Vid: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNNM2LF3pY4

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.

Media contact

Gail Clough (co-founder)

+97150 100 3074

gail@thelaughter.com

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