This September, the Selfdrive Laughter Factory will be bringing an absolute stunner of a tour to the Gulf.  This show will be a triumph and unafraid to push the limits of what society deems appropriate.

Markus Birdman has been described by the BBC as “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” 

Next we have Selfdrive Laughter Factory legend, Stephen Grant “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 ★★★★★, 

Finally Karl Pilkingtons choice of young up and coming acts, Ross Smith is definitely one to watch. This young act is devastatingly funny. 

So grab your favorite people and maybe someone you don’t like to mix things up.

This show is so far out, it’s in!

When & Where:
The Selfdrive Laughter Factory, September 2022 tour dates

Friday 16th & Saturday 17th September – Movenpick JBR Dubai

Wednesday 21st September – Zabeel House by Jumeirah, The Greens Dubai

Friday 23rd September – Grand Millennium Barsha Heights, Dubai

Saturday 24th September – 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

Stephen Grant










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.


Camp Bestival

Wilderness Festival

Brighton Festival

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


Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled

Britain Unzipped


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


Trevor McDonald’s News Knight

The Stephen K Amos Show

Johnny Vaughan

Kelsey Grammar’s Sketch Show

Balls of Steel


This Week Only

Dog Eat Dog


Star Lives

Does Doug Know

Your World Cup Pitch


Your Face or Mine


The State We’re In

Totally Football

19 Keys


Eyes Down

Bognor or Bust

Gamestar Awards

Guilty Pleasures


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


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


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/


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


“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


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ajdllv3k3T0  –

https://youtu.be/1jRVTQDQXhw –


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”

The Stage

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 

*****Edinburgh Reporter 

“Delightfully comic… topical, controversial and personal”

****The List

“Absorbing, intelligent and funny”


Comedy (UK)

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.

Comedy (International)

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.

Edinburgh Festival

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

International Festivals

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

Comedy Competitions

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


FB- @markusbirdman

INSTA- @markusbirdman @markusbirdman_artworks

twitter @birdmanwatching

clip: https://youtu.be/nvKU60h6l-8

Ross Smith

Since starting gigging in 2015, Ross Smith has taken the UK comedy circuit (and the internet) by storm. He’s a regular at some of UK’s biggest comedy clubs. His personable, relaxed style and contemporary material, underpinned by clever wordplay and rapier sharp comebacks, have made him one of the country’s most exciting emerging acts and quick-witted hosts. 

In 2018, he made headlines around the world when he agreed to go on holiday with complete strangers, taking the place of another man called Ross Smith. His viral adventure and the aftermath is the subject of his debut Edinburgh show, I Am Ross Smith. 

His second critically acclaimed show Crying/Shame (2019) boasted two of Dave’s Top Ten Jokes Of The Fringe alongside a plethora of fantastic reviews.

Ross has also featured in Karl Pilkington’s Sky One sitcom Sick Of It, Apple TV’s Slow Horses and will feature on screen on various projects in 2022

Ross Smith is a Charming but pedantic stand up and MC, specialising in deconstructing absurd ideas or magazine headlines, exploring self and unrelatable relatable material. originally from Northamptonshire but now living in London, Ross runs a successful semi-pro comedy night called SHOWBIZ BABY. In 2015 Ross was a semi finalist of so you think youre funny. in 2016 he MC’d a brighton fringe compilation show and also completed his first Edinburgh run with a show SPACE CAT PASTA BAKE.”. Ross is a resident MC at Londons notorious comedy night Comedy virgins at the Cavendish arms.

‘One of my favourite new acts, watch him now so you can be smug in 5 years time when he’s big’

– Joel Dommett

‘hilarious and original- unlike this quote’

– Nish Kumar

– ‘Witty jokes and brilliant anecdotes, smith keeps his comedy Smart’

edfest mag

– ‘laugh out loud gags cleverly set up- go and see Ross Smith

Bruce Dessau, Beyond the joke

@rosssmithcomedy – Instagram 

@rosssmithcomedy – Twitter 

Comedy store set

About The Selfdrive Laughter Factory

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 Selfdrive 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 Selfdrive 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) 


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