After 25 years of playing the single field, the Laughter Factory has decided to settle down with a very attractive and reliable partner. They ran away quietly together and have come back married. The Laughter Factory has now officially changed her name to The Selfdrive Laughter Factory.

Gail Clough the founder said “we were looking for a company that will add value to our community, we want our customers to be safe and happy” Selfdrive.ae offers a bespoke, first-class service when it comes to car renting. Selfdrive.ae, is a smart mobility Super App, that allows users to rent a car on demand in a simple, safe and flexible way right from 1 day to 3 years and available across UAE; offering from top 20 car brands and over 65+ car models. We believe this is the future of mobility in UAE and we are delighted to be in bed together. 

Dubai’s best comedy event returns in July, so book early to avoid disappointment. The Selfdrive Laughter Factory always brings high-calibre stand up and to make sure we have a laugh-a-minute show, Paul Tonkinson, former Time Out London, comedian of the year will be bringing his unique style of physical comedy to the Gulf. Paul is one of the UKs finest acts. This sensational performer has been described as a ’One-man Simpsons cast’.

Next we have American act Lisa Alvarado, who will be travelling a long way and bringing some well polished jokes with her. Born to Peruvian parents, she is known in the US as the ’Latin Queen of Comedy’. Her TV credits tell us, when it comes to live comics, we are in a very safe pair of hands.

Finally, comedy circuit favourite, Pierre Hollins, is always hugely enjoyable. This former street performer is highly entertaining and delivers a show that often whips the crowd into a state of euphoria.

So come and take your mind off the world for a few hours. It’s good to laugh!

When & Where:
 The Laughter Factory, July 2022 tour dates


Friday 15th & Saturday 16th July – Movenpick JBR Dubai

Wednesday 20th July – Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens Dubai

Friday 22nd July – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai

Saturday 23rd July – Studio One Hotel, Dubai


Show ticket at AED 160 

Show starts 8:30pm

Call 0508786728 for details.
Show tickets must be purchased on www.thelaughterfactory.com

Meet the Comics

Paul Tonkinson

A sensational live performer, Yorkshire man, marathon runner and former (double award-winning) Time Out Comedian of the Year, Paul Tonkinson has long upheld his esteemed reputation as one of the finest stand-ups the UK has to offer. With a unique and distinctive style, Tonkinson is noted for his effervescent physicality and skillful impressions, which bring alive exuberant, tender comic reflections on love, family and the day-to-day idiosyncrasies of 21st century living. A plethora of first class material, combined with tremendous charm and irrepressible, infectious energy make for quite a formidable talent.

After many years of storming the circuit, and much badgering from fellow professionals, he took to the road in 2012 with his eagerly anticipated debut tour: Paul Tonkinson; Fancy Man. The tour took in 50 dates across the UK, and gave audiences the opportunity to experience the full Tonkinson phenomena in all it’s glory.

Following his solo tour, he was given the opportunity to play to a wider audience, joining the mighty Michael McIntyre as a special guest on live shows around the UK. In 2013 he had the honour of joining Michael as a special guest on his global arena tour; playing to millions across the globe, as far and wide as Australia, New Zealand, Norway, Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong.   Paul joined Michael again in 2015 as special guest on the Happy & Glorious Tour; playing to sold-out crowds in arenas across the UK.

On TV, he’s most recently performed on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre’s Comedy Roadshow and Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store and The World Stands-up. He was recently a contestant on Ch. 4`s hit show Celebrity Come Dine With Me, proving he’s not just a dazzling stand-up talent, but a whizz in the kitchen, scooping first place to win the cash prize for charity. Back in the day, when he was a mere whippersnapper he had a stint presenting Ch. 4’s The Big Breakfast and he has also presented radio shows on XFM in London and Manchester. He has just completed a stint as a Programme Associate on BBC One’s Michael Mcintyre Chat Show.

His first love remains stand-up, and Tonkinson remains in great demand in the UK and across the globe, performing at all the major international comedy festivals including the prestigious Montreal Just For Laughs festival where he hosted the esteemed Britcom Gala. Confirming his status as an invincible and highly versatile performer, he is also a regular entertainer for the UK Armed Forces, and has performed in Afghanistan and Iraq; playing to 2,500 troops in 45 degree heat in the middle of the desert.


“Nicely observed and beautifully illustrated with a wide repertoire of subtly silly comedy voices. The man’s a one-man Simpsons cast as he brings to life the likes of his effete, sexually ambiguous ski instructor or a menacing South London laugh. At his best, he reduces a marital argument to meaningless sounds, prompting lots of chuckles of domestic recognition.”


“Master at working a crowd, infectious vibrancy, lightning-fast comic mind, warmhearted, effortlessly likeable.”


“Charismatic, combines the visual trickery of a Lee Evans with the improvisational skills of Paul Merton. Brilliant characterisations, his face, a wonder of contortion.”


“Caricatures seem to flow out of his head like Ghostbusters sprites escaping a powered-down containment unit brought to life with physicality and cartoon-like voices. Mixes observational set pieces with audience interaction… hilariously obtuse … dependably funny.”

Chortle, January 2015

“Excellent… extremely talented… brilliant”

Time Out

Social and Video

Twitter –  @PaulTonkinson

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUxKWd4UPcg


Lisa Alvarado, “The Latin Queen of Comedy” is Tina Fey meets Sophia Vergara. Born to Peruvian parents, Lisa shares her background, being a single Mom, and life experiences in a hilarious, relatable way! 

Lisa is a National Headliner, and also toured the world, including: military tours, comedy clubs, colleges, corporate events, and Cruise Lines. Credits & TV appearances (partial list): HBOMAX on the “2nd Annual HA Fest”, Dry Bar Comedy Special, Nick at Nite’s “Search for the Funniest Mom in America 2,” NBC’s “Last Comic Standing”, “Comics Unleashed”, “Stand Up in Stilettos” on TV Guide Network, NuvoTV, Comedy.tv, and more. 

Ms. Alvarado was voted “Best Up & Coming Latino Comedian” by The LA Comedy Festival and her jokes have been quoted in The New York
Times. Lisa is an accomplished writer as well, as staff writer on two different TV shows, one for MTV3 and the other entitled “Funny You Should Ask” adding over 150 episodes to her credits. Recently, she sold her first feature length script to a streaming company acquired by Sony Pictures. 

Lisa is the creator & producer of three original web series. She won “Best Actress in a Web Series” and “Best Comedy Web Series” Finalist at the Official Latino Short Film Festival. Her first documentary, the critically acclaimed story about a dying man’s final wish to perform Stand Up Comedy and their journey together to accomplish his dream entitled “Don’t Wait: The Michael Schmid Story” is now available to stream 

at DontWaitMovie.com 

As owner, Lisa’s goal at LA Amigas Productions is to empower women and ethnically diverse writers, actors, producers, editors and directors while delivering excellent content with a strong point of view and a sh*t ton of depth and humor. 

HBO Promo – https://youtu.be/xwc8Ya8JVww

DryBar Comedy – https://vimeo.com/687357558/b52a7c178c

Cafe Mom Comedy – https://vimeo.com/687359174/75470ed170


FB/IG:  LisaAlvaradoComedian 

Twitter:  Lisa_Alvarado

Pierre Hollins 

Pierre Hollins has been a comedy circuit favorite for many years, and has headlined clubs throughout UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia. 

He is… always enjoyable, often inspired… THE SOURCE

He has… an easy going joyful manner, laced and juxtaposed with pathos and reality that only an experienced comedian and earthling can bring you…TAKING THE PISTE TOUR

He should be… made the mayor of a small village… SHANGHAI CITY WEEKEND. A hugely likeable cheekie chappie and unlikely rock god who whipped the crowd into a state of near euphoria. THE LATEST. 

Random facts: Pierre Hollins used to perform as a comedy acrobat and unicyclist. His first guitar was a one-string electric squash racquet (still in use at festival gigs). He used to wash dishes in the House of Commons. 

Pierre’s first novel The Karma Farmers is being published early this year by Unbound.

Social: Facebook: Pierre Hollins

Twitter: @pierrehollins

Instagram: thehollins

Video and Social: http://www.pierrehollins.com/Biography/biography.htm

Pierre Hollins | LIVE at Hot Water Comedy Club – Bing video

About The Laughter Factory

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’Briain, 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 



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