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Catch Trevor Noah & Dave Chappelle in Dubai



The proliferation of stand-up spots in Dubai and Abu Dhabi in the last 18 months or so says two things: one, we’re obviously in serious need of a laugh and, two, there is actually a healthy supply of comedic talent on offer in this country.

The first ever Dubai Comedy Festival kicks off this week, with shows spread out across the city over ten days at Meyana Theatre in Jumeirah Beach Hotel (note: the venue has recently been changed from the original location at Skydive Dubai drop zone). But there’s also another side to it all. Comedy, as the cliché would have it, is now serious business in the UAE. It’s an industry that has taken root here and with some of the best performers in the world on display, it ought to help kick-start a few more careers in stand-up.

If you’re in need of light relief, or fancy learning from the masters of the art, there is a whole raft of material waiting to be discovered. Here’s what you need to know about the headliners, Trevor Noah and Dave Chappelle.

Trevor Noah

It’s a stretch to say that South Africa’s Trevor Noah is the most famous comedian in the world right now. But he’s definitely host of the most famous and widely watched comedy programme. The Daily Show has become the window through which anyone outside the US can watch its politics safe in the knowledge locals also accept its insanity.

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