The UAE’s Selfdrive Laughter Factory is celebrating 26 years of bringing you the best live stand-up comedy that the world has to offer. Acts such as Russell Peters, Michael McIyntre, Jack Whitehall, Kevin Bridges, Rhod Gilbert, Jason Manford and Sarah Millican are just a few of the acts that have gone on to be household names.

The Selfdrive Laughter Factory is the future of comedy

Making his debut performance in the desert, multi-award-winning comic Jack Gleadow is currently one of the fastest rising stars in the comedy world. Jack is known for his energetic and quirky performances that feature a mix of physical comedy, witty storytelling, and audience interaction. If you like Lee Evans you will love Jack Gleadow.

Also, in the Gulf for the first time, one of America’s best loved comedians, Karen Rontowski. This hilarious woman shot to fame after her sensational performance on ‘The late show with David Letterman’.

Finally, an act formerly known as Daneger, or Joke Dza, Dane Baptiste is one of British comedy’s foremost voices on race relations. One of the most popular acts to ever appear on ‘Live at the Apollo’, Dane is a truly memorable stand-up with a unique, powerful voice.

So, you know the drill, organize yourself and some people you care about. It.

 will be an evening that you and your friends will never forget.

When & Where:
The Selfdrive Laughter Factory, September 2023

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

21st Thursday – Radisson DAMAC Hills, Dubai

22nd Friday – Park Rotana, Abu Dhabi

23rd Saturday – Dukes A Royal Hide Away Hotel, The Palm Dubai

Show ticket at AED 160

Show starts 8:30pm

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


About us

The Selfdrive Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, making the GCC laugh since 1997.

The Selfdrive 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, Jack Whiltehall, Dara O’Brien, Mickey Flanagan, Jason Manford, Sarah Millican, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle.

The Selfdrive Laughter Factory’s commitment to comedy has been recognized by numerous publications, winning muliple 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


Meet the comics

Jack Gleadow

Jack Gleadow is a rising star in the world of comedy, known for his energetic and quirky performances that feature a mix of physical comedy, witty storytelling, and audience interaction. Born and raised in Hull, Gleadow began his comedy career as a teenager, performing at local comedy nights and open mic events. He quickly made a name for himself taking inspiration from the golden era of variety, earning several accolades, including the Amused Moose National New Comic Award in 2017 and the Leicester Mercury Comedian of the Year Award in 2018.

Gleadow’s talent has been recognized in numerous other comedy competitions, including the British Comedian of The Year and the Great Yorkshire Fringe New Comedian of the Year. He has also written and performed in several successful comedy shows, including “Mr Saturday Night” and “Jacks Entertainment the later being nominated as Best New Show at the Leicester Comedy Festival ” He performed for Audible Live from the Edinburgh Festival in 2019 which was later released on the Amazon platform. Nominated as Best Newcomer by Chortle in 2019 and recognised in the award as a ‘Future TV Presenter’ being nominated by The Edinburgh TV Festival in 2021

Despite his success, Gleadow remains humble and passionate about entertaining audiences with his unique brand of comedy, he is a one-man variety show with the use of sounds, stories, jokes and he continues to perform at comedy clubs, festivals, and corporate events, bringing his high-energy performance and cheeky persona to the stage. With his talent and dedication, it’s clear that Jack Gleadow is a comedian to watch in the years to come.


‘’ Wonderfully surreal visual comedy’’ The Arts Desk

‘’ An Absolute Natural’’ Chortle

‘’quite obviously a star in the making. He has the kind of mainstream appeal that suggests he could be as big as someone like Lee Evans one day’’ Beyond The Joke

‘’ Laugh Out Loud Funny’’ The Scotsman

Tour Support 

Lloyd Griffith, Lucy Beaumont and Carl Hutchinson 



Leicester Mercury Comedian 2018 

Pleasance Comedy Reserve 2018

Amused Moose National New Comic 2017

Great Yorkshire Fringe Comedian of the Year 2017

Hull Comedian of The Year 2016

Vid clip – https://drive.google.com/file/d/11833lTwuy-Ad8_6Nwk3OWJyPPhTVQEKP/view?usp=sharing

Social Media Links- https://linktr.ee/jackgleadow



BAPSQUIRE: Following his award-nominated tour ‘The Chocolate Chip’; Dane Baptiste returns with a brand new show and mentality. since the global event that must not be named, Dane has become a fully grown adult. Now, most of us are supposed to mellow with age and Dane shouldn’t be the angry, black man the media portrays him to be at times, but the more things change, the more they stay the same. Dane Baptiste is now a grown ass man, no longer Daneger, or Joke Dza, or any of his old, bad boy alias, Dane Baptiste now presents a mature comic for comedy palletes. Dane Baptiste is BAPSQUIRE.

BAPSQUIRE: Fresh off the back of his award nominated tour ‘The Chocolate Chip’; Dane Baptiste returns with his brand new show.

Dane’s a grown man now, so he’s approaching his life in a more mature & sophisticated way. After the global event that shall not be named, after 2 years of hibernations and being one of british comedy’s foremost voices on race relations, Dane Baptiste is reinventing himself and moving away from the ‘Angry Black Man Comedian’ stigma lazy press has stuck on him for so many years, as in this game, you evolve or you go extinct. The world has changed and hopefully Dane has been able to evolve as a more considered, mature and mostly funny performing artist. No more pointless social media exchanges, no more debachery, no more comedy rock star living. No longer going by any of his previous bad boy aliases ‘Dane-ger,’ ‘Joke Dza’, Asap Bap, ‘the social justice warlord’; we will now see a more considered, politically and socially astute Dane becoming who he was meant to in this capitalist, supposedly woke world. Dane Baptiste presents: Bapsquire.

Karen Rontowski          

Karen Rontowski’s fast-paced, quirky and charmingly optimistic comedy has been featured in clubs, TV, radio, and at corporate events all around the world.

Her stand-up showcases endearing, self-effacing and intelligent characters that catch you by surprise every time. Karen uniquely blends comedy with her experience as a Paranormal Investigator, Tarot and reiki master.  

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She is fascinated with the afterlife and is convinced she will someday have a near death experience because, I never finish anything.

She explains, Sometimes a ghost will just do the same thing over and over in life. That’s why I want to move into a house that is haunted by a maid.”

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Karen has appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman, Sirius Satellite Radio, Comics Unleashed, Comedy.com, Live at Gotham, Comedy Central and Mysteries of the Unexplained.    You can see her Dry Bar Comedy Special called Ridiculous Me on VidAngel.com where it just received over 20 million hits. Her second special, War and Instant Pudding, comes out this year. She was also a Paranormal Panelist at the Los Angeles ComicCon.

After performing and hosting at paranormal conventions all over the world she created the hilariously odd web series Paranormal Karen where she has fun reporting from haunted and obscure places everywhere.  She also has an in-depth podcast by the same name.

Karen’s comedy is now featured in the new line of greeting cards called “Frank and Funny” sold at Target stores everywhere and is the comedy writer for “Haunted Magazine.” She is a regular on the Bob and Tom Radio Show and is a featured performer on their CD.

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Mixing comedy with the paranormal, she was featured as the hostess of the Las Vegas Bay Paula the Pioneer ParaCon (Santa Area and CA).  She also performs her show My Normal Paranormal at top ParaCons including FrontierParaCon (Stanley Hotel, Colorado), LA Supernatural Summit (Glen Tavern, Santa Clarita, CA), . 105 (Gettysburg, PA) and Saint Mary’s ParaCon (Virginia City, NV) and has opened for Britt Griffith of SyFy’s Ghost Hunters at the Pasadena Playhouse.Phenomenology.

She performed at the Australian ParaCon bringing her variety show My Normal Paranormal where she entertained with stand up comedy, hilarious tarot readings and a paranormal trivia game.  She also does a full tarot show with her best friend the hilarious Lamont Ferguson called SuperNatural Junkyard.

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