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
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
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
Facebook – Esther Manito
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.
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.
Adelaide Fringe Festival
Brisbane Comedy Festival
Edinburgh Festival Fringe
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)
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
Podcast: Radio Investigates
The Brighton & Hove Albion Podcast
The E4 Podcast
Voice of Paramount Comedy Festival
Various radio commercials – Southern FM/Juice 107.2
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
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
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
Celebrity Juice (2 series)
Never Mind The Buzzcocks (3 series)
They Think It’s All Over (3 Series)
Dave Gorman’s Genius
Alan Carr’s Ding-Dong
The Omid Djalili Show
Friday Night with Jonathan Ross
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
Trevor McDonald’s News Knight
The Stephen K Amos Show
Kelsey Grammar’s Sketch Show
Balls of Steel
This Week Only
Dog Eat Dog
Does Doug Know
Your World Cup Pitch
Your Face or Mine
The State We’re In
Bognor or Bust
Thank God You’re Here
What The Dickens
I’m The Answer
Best in Preschool
You Be The Judge
Best of the Worst
Carol Vorderman’s Big Brain Game
Stephen Grant: Second, Sunipa Pictures 2009
Stephen Grant: Taken For Granted, Sunipa Pictures 2008
Stephen Grant: Live at the Theatre Royal, Sunipa Pictures 2006
“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
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
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/fothergill.john/
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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