Opening Grand Millennium Business Bay
Grand Millennium Business Bay is about to get shaken up and dropped on its head with laughter.
The Laughter Factory is delighted to let the people in and around the Business Bay area know that the best live comedy club in the Middle East is on it’s way to make them happy!
We all know that we die in the end, so why not pack as much laughter and fun into our lives as humanly possibly? To make sure we get our lifetimes supply of chuckles, the Laughter Factory has curated three of the TV’s most celebrated gag machines, to bring us together and celebrate a life with joy.
Yorkshire funnyman Tom Wrigglesworth consistently receives rave reviews such as, “A RIPPING YARN, AS PASSIONATE AS IT IS FUNNY…SKILLFULLY EXECUTED. THERE AREN’T MANY FUNNIER SHOWS IN EDINBURGH” «««« Guardian
What more can we say?
Laughter Factory regulars, are always delighted to see Markus Birdman in their club. Praised by the BBC, “Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt”.
Finally, Jimmy McGhie has completed a 2019 sellout tour of Australia and New Zealand. Selected by the Scotsman, as ‘One of the best shows to see in Edinburgh’. This blazing talent is firing on all cylinders and about to set the Dubai comedy scene alight.
So come and join us, to make the most of the current situation. We get to laugh at some of the best acts in the world, up close and personal. It’s time to step away from the screen. Let’s enjoy each other, again!
A special room rate for 2 people at AED 300 including all taxes and breakfast.
A special room rate for 2 people at AED 310 including all taxes and breakfast
Should you wish to eat before the show all pre show tables MUST BE pre-booked in LAH LAH and must be vacated by 8:15pm.(04-5191111). Your ticket does not automatically guarantee you a table in LAH LAH prior to the show. LAH LAH will be at capacity so book early!
The show is in ‘The Box’ (opposite LAH LAH)
A special room rate for 2 people at AED 380 including all taxes and AED300 voucher to spend in hotel owned restaurants
A special room rate for all ticket holders – A stay overnight for only AED 599 per room for 2 people including all taxes and breakfast
One item of food must to be purchased at Movenpick JBR & Hilton Dubai Jumeriah. Call 0508786728 for details.
Show tickets must be purchased on www.thelaughterfactory.com
Ticket at AED 160 including VAT
Show starts 8:30pm
NZ Comedy Guild Best International Act nominee 2015
Amused Moose Best Edinburgh Show nominee 2015
Markus Birdman is one of British comedy’s most experienced and well-travelled performers. In demand all over the UK and abroad, Markus is a veteran of the Edinburgh Fringe with 11 solo shows to his credit and headliner status at all the top clubs, including The Comedy Store, The Komedia, Hot Water, The Stand and Soho Theatre. He’s performed at the Melbourne, Adelaide, and Perth Comedy Festivals and was nominated by the New Zealand Comedy Guild for Best International Guest. His international gig list includes Pakistan, Singapore, China, UAE, Austria, Spain, Norway, Sweden, Finland and India to name a few. Which has been nice, considering no-one’s now going anywhere.
He had his own Netflix Stand Up Special, ‘Live in Amsterdam’ & was also co-writer on Jayde Adams’s Amazon Prime Stand Up Special, ‘Serious Black Jumper’
One of the shining lights of the UK and international comedy circuits
PRESS QUOTE – FAVOURITE
“Delightfully comic. Controversial, personal and wickedly punchy.” The List
“Engagingly mixes the silly and the downright wrong.” Chortle
“A consummate comic…. energetic, engaging, thought-provoking and funny.” The Stage
“Birdman’s Fringe show is a triumph. He isn’t afraid to push the limits of what society deems appropriate.” The Edinburgh Reporter
An experienced and versatile comedian, Markus is one of stand-up’s most well travelled comedians, much in demand in the UK and all over the world.
Amused Moose Award Nominee – Best Show, Edinburgh Fringe ‘15
NZ Comedy Guild Award Nominee for Best International Artist ‘14
Time Out London – Top Ten Comedians ‘13
Netflix Special- Live from Amsterdam
“Birdman is the all-round package; witty, controversial, hip, topical and silly. A master of timing and physical comedy, he made me laugh so hard it hurt”
“Energetic, engaging… thought-provoking and funny”
Praise for his Edinburgh Festival solo shows
“Probably the most absorbing show I’ve seen. Completely spell-binding”
“Birdman’s Fringe show is a triumph. He isn’t afraid to push the limits of what society deems appropriate. He has created an hour of thought-provoking, hilarious stand-up
“Delightfully comic… topical, controversial and personal”
“Absorbing, intelligent and funny”
Gigs for: Soho Theatre, The Comedy Store, Jongleurs, Highlight, Off the Kerb, Avalon, Last Laugh, The Stand, Laughterhouse, Comedy Company, Comedy Box, Up the Creek, Screaming Blue Murder, Just the Tonic and many others.
Hong Kong, Singapore, China, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Jordan, UAE, Qatar, Bahrain, Austria, The Netherlands, France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Sweden, Norway, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Croatia, Greece, Cyprus, Switzerland, Ireland and Spain.
Grimm Realities PBH Free Fringe 2015
2B or Not to Be The Stand Comedy Club 2014
Happily Ever After (solo show) The Stand Comedy Club 2013
Love, Life & Death (solo show) The Stand Comedy Club 2012
Dreaming (solo show) The Stand Comedy Club 2011
Sympathy for the Devil (solo show) Pleasance 2008
Son of a Preacher Man (solo show) Pleasance 2007
One Step Beyond (solo show) Pod Deco 2004
Comedy Zone (showcase show) Pleasance 2002
Imperfect (with Francesca Martinez) Pleasance 2002
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Faustus 2016
Perth Fringe World Grimm Realities 2016
New Zealand Comedy Festival Grimm Realities 2015
Melbourne International Comedy Festival Grimm Realities 2015
New Zealand Comedy Festival Happily Ever After 2014
New Zealand Comedy Festival Love, Life & Death (solo show) 2013
Sydney Comedy Festival Best of British 2012
Adelaide Festival Love, Hate, Life, Death (solo show) 2012
Adelaide Festival Dreaming (solo show) 2012
Melbourne International Comedy Festival I’mPerfect (with Francesca Martinez) 2003
The Convoy- New Zealand 2014
Best of British – New Zealand 2013
Paul Sinha and Markus Birdman – On the Road 2009
Avalon Network – Headline 2003
Francesca Martinez – National Tour (support) 2002/2003
Andy Zaltzman – Avalon Network (support) 2002
Noel Fielding – Avalon Network (support) 2001
BBC Radio 4 – Son of a Preacher Man 2007
BBC Radio 4 – 28 Acts in 28 Minutes 2006
BBC Radio 4 – Loose Ends 2004
BBC Radio 5 Live – Gaby Logan Show 2008
BBC Radio 5 Live – Stephen Nolan Show 2007
BBC Radio 7 – Spanking New 2004
BBC World Service 2012
BBC Radio Scotland – Fred MacAulay Show 2012
BBC Radio Wales – Jest a Minute 2008
Talksport – Hawksbee & Jacobs 2007
NETFLIX- Live at Toomler Amsterdam Netflix 2012
TV One (New Zealand) Best Bits 2015
TV3 (New Zealand) The Comedy Gala 2013
TV One (New Zealand) Good Morning 2013/14
BBC1 Heaven & Earth 2007
BBC3 How Not to Live Your Life – Series 1 2008
BBC3 Most Annoying Songs We Hate to Love 2007
BBC3 BBC New Comedy Awards 2001
ITV1 Blank Screen (voiceover) 2004
ITV4 And Another Thing 2006
Channel 4 4thought 2012
Paramount (Comedy Central) World Stands Up 2008
Paramount (Comedy Central) Live at the Comedy Store 2005
Kanal 5 (Sweden) Raw Comedy Club 2009
Vara (The Netherlands) Comedytrain International 2007
Loaded TV Jongleurs Live 2012
Lewisham Comedy Festival Open Mic Winner
BBC New Comedy Awards Finalist
Daily Telegraph Open Mic Finalist
Leicester Comedy Festival New Act of the Year Finalist
INSTA- @markusbirdman @markusbirdman_artworks
ROSE D’OR – BEST RADIO COMEDY NOMINEE 2014 SONY RADIO ACADEMY AWARD WINNER 2011 CHORTLE BEST SHOW – WINNER 2010 BEST INTERNATIONAL PERFORMER – NEW ZEALAND FESTIVAL WINNER 2010 EDINBURGH COMEDY AWARD – MAIN AWARD NOMINEE 2009 TIME OUT BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMER OF THE YEAR – WINNER 2009 CHORTLE – BEST NEWCOMER NOMINEE 2004 CHANNEL 4’S ‘SO YOU THINK YOU’RE FUNNY?’ – WINNER 2003 “THE GODS OF COMEDY CHOSE TOM WRIGGLESWORTH FOR GREATNESS” Scotsman
Tom Wrigglesworth is an established stand-up comedian, radio and TV presenter and voice-over artist from Sheffield, England. With a disarmingly charming delivery and unforgettable appearance, this Yorkshire funny man became a national have-a-go-hero when he rescued a little old lady from the jaws of a Virgin train ticket inspector; only to be arrested for begging. His subsequent story of the event secured Tom several awards including the Chortle Best Show Award, and a nomination for the main Edinburgh Comedy Award. Tom first broke onto the scene back in 2003, winning the Channel 4 new comedian competition, So You Think You’re Funny? He is now firmly established as one of the most original, talented and respected comedians on the UK and International comedy circuit. He’s enjoyed several nationwide tours with live shows, has written and starred in five self-titled series for Radio 4, and accepted performed at comedy festivals across the globe including the prestigious New Zealand, Sydney and Montreal Comedy Festivals. A prolific writer, Tom has been a regular at the Edinburgh festival since 2006 when he first debuted performing in a double headline show with Tom Allen, entitled Allen and Wrigglesworth, and also compering the Big Value Show. In 2007 he returned to perform in the prestigious compilation show AAA Stand Up. In 2008 he presented his eagerly-awaited first full length solo show I’m Struggling to See How That’s Helping. Tom’s second solo show Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Return Letter to Richard Branson was the one that truly cemented his position as an inspired writer and performer earning Tom a nomination for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award in 2009. Tom toured the show nationally to before returning to the festival the following year with Tom Wrigglesworth’s Nightmare Dream Wedding, which also went on to tour the UK. Following a hiatus, on account of his TV and radio commitments, Tom made a welcome return to the festival in 2013 performing once again at the Pleasance with his latest show: Tom Wrigglesworth: Utterly at Odds with the Universe. It was well worth the wait, and Edinburgh audiences were in for a real treat as Tom once more skilfully blended sentiment and humour into one hilarious and poignant show that packed a real emotive punch. Once again proving himself to be a charismatic wordsmith, the show was met with critical acclaim; Tom accepted an invitation to perform the show at the New Zealand Comedy Festival the following year, and then embarked upon a full-scale UK tour.
On TV, Tom presents the recent BBC 4 series Electric Dreams – a show which enabled him to indulge his inner geek, exploring how the technological revolution of the 70`s, 80`s and 90`s has transformed Britain`s homes. The series was well-received and later transferred to BBC 2. He was subsequently invited to co-present BBC 2`s Engineering Giants, revealing the inner workings and hidden secrets of the world`s most enormous machines including a jumbo-jet, North Sea ferry and a gas-rig. Indulging his love for science, Tom has been a resident expert on three series of the science entertainment show You Have Been Warned, for Discovery Networks. Featuring bizarre and outrageous clips, the show explored the world’s top YouTube homemade science stunts and experiments, employing experts to explain the what, how and why of the biology, physics, and chemistry that made the experiments and stunts possible. He has recently been signed for another 10 episodes on spin-off programme Outrageous Acts of Science for the same channel. In a similar vein, Tom is also a team member on Deadly Dilemmas; a ten-part series also for the Discovery Networks; using science to settle some of the most outrageous, bizarre and perplexing dilemmas imaginable. As a stand-up, Tom has performed on Edinburgh Comedy Fest Live, Russell Howard`s Good News and The Comedy Gala for BBC Three as well as The World Stand`s Up, Edinburgh and Beyond and three series of The Comedy Store – all for Comedy Central. Tom is now firmly established as a Star of BBC Radio. Following the success of the live show, Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Return Letter to Richard Branson was commissioned for a one-off show, quickly followed by a full Radio 4 series, which transmitted in 2010. In the four-part series Tom Wrigglesworth’s Open Letters, Tom once again tackled consumer issues by writing to figure heads or ‘captains of industry’, and venting spleen over topics such as traffic wardens, estate agents, energy suppliers, and bank managers using real life stories to highlight the grievances people suffer at the hands of consumer stalwarts. The series was met with great critical acclaim, and scooped a prestigious Sony Radio Academy Award. A second series of Open Letters quickly followed, transmitting on Radio 4 in 2011. Tom has since moved onto write and star in six series of Tom Wrigglesworth’s Hang-Ups for Radio 4. In the highly successful and critically acclaimed series, Tom ‘phones home to his parents for a weekly check-in, giving listeners a glimpse into his family background and the influences that have shaped his temperament, background and hang-ups. In recognition of its excellence the series was nominated in the Best Radio category at the international Rose D’Or Awards in 2014. Described by The Guardian as “a keenly observed, comical joy”, the programme continues to go from strength to strength and the fifth series transmitted this year. Tom is now busy developing the series for TV and working on other original ideas for radio. Tom is also a regular host of Radio 4`s Comedy Club, and has also guested on BBC Radio 4’s Loose Ends, Newsquiz, The Unbelievable Truth, The Now Show, Act Your Age, It’s Your Round, The Infinite Monkey Cage and You & Yours as well as BBC Radio 2’s Out To Lunch and Claudia Winkleman’s Arts Show. He has had regular guest performances on BBC 6’s Jon Richardson show and has co-presented on Richard Bacon’s Radio 5 show and The Rhod Gilbert Show on BBC Radio Wales. He was also a regular panellist on BBC Radio Wales comedy series Jest a Minute, and was a regular contributor to Fanbanta.com; travelling the length and breadth of the country reporting on all things football related for their website and podcasts.
“A BLISSFUL BUBBLE OF MAGICAL STORYTELLING…ENGAGING, INSPIRING AND EXQUISITELY PERFORMED…THIS IS AN HYSTERICAL AND ACCOMPLISHED PIECE OF WORK WHICH WILL STAY WITH YOU FOR DAYS. COMEDY IS RARELY THIS ELEGANT” ««««« Time Out
“IT’S A JOY TO WATCH AN HOUR AS ORIGINAL AND BEAUTIFULLY CRAFTED AS THIS ONE. FORMIDABLE…HILARIOUS AND TOUCHING…THE GODS OF COMEDY CHOSE TOM WRIGGLESWORTH FOR GREATNESS”
“SOMEONE TO KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR IN THE NEXT FEW YEARS…A PROMISING TALENT” ««««« Edinburgh Evening News
“DELIGHTFUL…ONE OF THE MOST INTERESTING YOUNG COMEDIANS IN TOWN” ««««Times
“UNDENIABLE GIFT FOR COMIC STORYTELLING…HE HAS A LOVELY TURN OF PHRASE, AN EAR FOR ALLOWABLE EXAGERATION…AND A BORN ENTERTAINER’S GRASP OF STRUCTURE…BOUND TO GO FAR THIS ONE” «««« Telegraph
“HEART-WARMINGLY WHIMSICAL TALE…DEFTLY CRAFTED…CHARMING WAY WITH LANGUAGE COMPARES FAVOURABLE TO FELLOW NORTHERNER DANIEL KITSON. FUNNY BONES” «««« Evening Standard
“HE MASTERS THE DELICATE BLEND OF STORY, EMOTION AND QUICK-FIRE GAG, MEANING YOU’RE NEVER MORE THAN SECONDS AWAY FROM A BELLY LAUGH…HEROIC” «««« Sunday Times Culture
“AN HOUR OF COMEDY WHICH IS OFTEN AS GENTLE AS HIS SHEFFIELD BROGUE, BUT ALSO AS ELEGANTLY COILED AS HIS RINGLETTED MOP…SO RELAXED IT LOOKS EASY” «««« Metro
“A RIPPING YARN, AS PASSIONATE AS IT IS FUNNY…SKILLFULLY EXECUTED. THERE AREN’T MANY FUNNIER SHOWS IN EDINBURGH” «««« Guardian
“INSPIRATIONAL AND FUNNY YARN, FULL OF RIGHTEOUS INDIGNITY, THANKS TO SEVERAL HILARIOUS ASIDES… A SATISFYING AND UPLIFTING HOUR. LOTS OF COMEDIANS PREACH ABOUT MAKING THE WORLD A BETTER PLACE, WRIGGLESWORTH HAS ACTUALLY ACHIEVED IT” «««« Chortle
“INSPIRING….COPIOUS DETAILS AND ASIDES ADD FRESH LAYERS TO WHAT IS ALREADY A RICH STORY IN ITSELF…THIS IS THE SORT OF STUFF OTHER COMICS WOULD KILL FOR AND WRIGGLESWORTH DOES NOT DISAPPOINT…REMARKABLE BALANCE OF COMEDY AND INADVERTENT ACTIVISIM” The Stage Must See “PUNTERS LEFT THIS YEAR’S SHOW PUNCHING THE AIR, CHEERING AND COMPARING HIM TO A LATTER-DAY ROBIN HOOD” «««« Sunday Herald
2019’s tour of Australia and New Zealand was a great success with Jimmy performing at the Adelaide, Canberra, Melbourne, Sydney and Perth festivals culminating in a sold out run in Auckland and Wellington.
Jimmy’s 9th show BA (Hons) played to full rooms and critical acclaim at this year’s Edinburgh Fringe. The show was selected as one of the Scotsman newspaper critic’s ‘best shows to see in Edinburgh’- view Kate Copstick’s review here andThe Pick of Edinburgh review here. Jimmy hosted the prestigious ‘Pick of the Fringe 2019’ at the Sheraton Hotel for the third time. He will be taking BA (Hons) out on the road in 2020 performing at the Adelaide Fringe Festival and more TBC.
Jimmy performed in Canada for the first time this Autumn appearing at the renowned Yuk Yuks comedy chain. He is currently in Olso performing at Latter Comedy Club. Until Christmas you can catch Jimmy at all the top comedy clubs around the UK, see the ‘Live’ section for exact dates and locations.
Jimmy will be touring down under in the winter and spring of 2020 and then it will be onto solo show number 10 at the Edinburgh Fringe. Jimmy hosted the 2019 Cloud Excellence Awards to great acclaim and will be hosting the Citywealth Future Leaders Awards in November and performing at the Professional Golfers Association Annual lunch in December. He can also be seen warming up the studio audience for the Graham Norton Show this series.
Jimmy was an Assistant Producer for the BBC’s Science and History Dept, having spent seven years working in factual television before he ran off to join the stand up comedy circus professionally in 2009. Since then he has performed stand up all over the world and appeared on numerous television and radio programmes including the BBC, Channel 4, Channel 5, Comedy Central, ABC Australia, THREE New Zealand, Absolute Radio and many more.
He is “a brilliant talent” (The Scotsman) and with “an easy charm and appealing relaxed manner” (Chortle), he has performed 10 solo shows at festivals around the world including the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe, Sydney Comedy Festival, Perth Comedy Festival and New Zealand International Comedy festival.
He is now a top circuit act in the UK, as well as a highly sought after corporate awards host and TV warm up artist. He regularly provides the studio warm up for BBC1’s Graham Norton Show, ITV’s Loose Women and Ch4’s Deal or No Deal.
“Exquisitely done, with a compelling, simmering fury… impressive”
Jimmy has just returned from his fifth tour of Australia and New Zealand. He performed in ‘Best of the Edinburgh Fest’ to sold out crowds at the Adelaide Fringe Festival. He appeared on the ABC Stand-up show ‘Brexit at Tiffanys’.Moving onto to New Zealand where he toured with the ‘International Comedy Allstars Show’ as well as a run of his 8th solo show ‘Apologia’ in Auckland as part of the New Zealand International Comedy Festival. Jimmy also appeared in the highest rated show on New Zealand Television, ‘7Days’, as well as ‘The Café’. Jimmy will be performing all over the UK this summer until he takes his 10th solo show ‘Jimmy McGhie’s Tribal Gathering’ to the Edinburgh Festival in August.
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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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