Dubai Comedy Festival Returns In April With Anubhav Singh Bassi Among Headliners

As the first headliners get announced including Anubhav Singh Bassi, Mo Gilligan, Frank Skinner, Al Murray, Gad Elmaleh, and Amer Zahr, fans of a good chuckle are in for a treat at this unrivalled comedy extravaganza

Taking place between April 12th and 21st, this sensational festival takes the laughter to a whole new level with even more shows set to be hosted in Dubai Opera and Coca-Cola Arena.

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Dubai Comedy Festival Is Back!

The much-loved Dubai Comedy Festival is back again for another round of non-stop jokes and hilarity with its upcoming 2024 edition! Prepare to step into a world of laughs as this unmissable event is bringing some of the world’s funniest individuals to take centre stage in a series of side-splitting shows. Kicking off on April 12th and running until April 21st, this 10-day phenomenon promises an uproarious blend of wit, humour, and unforgettable performances.

Produced by BRAG in partnership with Live Nation, and presented by Dubai Calendar, the 2024 edition of Dubai Comedy Festival will be hosted at various venues in the city, including the prestigious Dubai Opera and the incredible Coca-Cola Arena. In Dubai Opera, the festival will have a central walkable setup for the first time allowing festivalgoers to hop from show to show or hang out within one space, giving it a real festival vibe and an ambience primed for socialising.

Marking its much anticipated return this year to bring a world of laughs to the heart of the city, Dubai Comedy Festival’s first confirmed lineup boasts some of the most hilarious men and women from the region and across the globe. With a countless number of stand-up shows, live podcasts, and other comedy events, there will be something for every comedic taste.

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Headliners For Dubai Comedy Festival 2024

Here’s a list of some of the headliners that have already been confirmed for the Dubai Comedy Festival 2024:

Gad Elmaleh

Gad Elmaleh is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor who has achieved widespread notoriety in France, Morocco, and the United States. Sure to have everyone laughing out loud at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Friday, April 12th and Saturday, April 13th at 9:30pm, Gad’s comedy prowess will leave the audience in stitches.

With a stellar career that dates back to 1997, Gad is an entertainment icon in the French-speaking world. He has starred in several films, including Coco, Priceless, La Doublure, and Midnight in Paris. He also hosted a series of shows over the years, including “L’autre c’est moi”, “Papa est en haut”, and much more. Voted the funniest person in France, he was named ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters ’by the French Minister of Culture and was also titled ‘Knight of the National Order of Quebec ’in Canada.

When: Friday and Saturday, April 12th and 13th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Al Murray

Al Murray, the renowned English comedian, actor, musician, and writer, is set to enthrall audiences at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Monday, April 15th, as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival. Graduating from the University of Oxford, Al Murray’s comedy journey started back in the early ‘90s and he is best known for his ‘Pub Landlord’ persona, described as a “know-all know-nothing blowhard”. Murray has gained acclaim through projects like the Sky One sitcom Time Gentlemen Please and the ITV chat show Al Murray’s Happy Hour.

Recognised as one of the 50 funniest acts in British comedy by The Observer in 2003 and voted the 16th greatest stand-up comic on Channel 4’s 100 Greatest Stand-Ups in 2007, Al Murray continues to captivate audiences with his humour on both stage and screen, making his Dubai Opera performance a must-attend event.

Presented by Great Minds Events Management

When: Monday, April 15th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Anubhav Singh Bassi

Anubhav Singh Bassi, the acclaimed Indian actor and YouTuber, is set to take the stage at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Sunday, April 20th with his new show- ‘Kisi Ko Batana Mat’. A stand-up comedy career that took off after an epic open mic performance in 2017, Bassi has since become a YouTube sensation, accumulating over 200 million views globally.

Beyond his online success, Bassi has showcased his comedic talents in various mediums, delivering a monologue for Amazon Funnies and making a cameo appearance in ZEE5’s Comedy Couple (2020). Having toured in more than 35 cities across India, Bassi marked his Bollywood debut in Luv Ranjan’s “Tu Jhoothi Main Makkaar” alongside Ranbir Kapoor and Shraddha Kapoor, further establishing his presence by launching his first stand-up special, ‘Bas Kar Bassi’, on Amazon Prime Video in February 2023.

Presented by Book My Show

When: Sunday, April 20th 
Where: Dubai Opera Mail Hall

Frank Skinner

Frank Skinner, the seasoned English comedian, actor, presenter, and writer, is set to grace the stage at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Monday, April 15th, for a truly not-to-be-missed show. With a career that spans nearly four decades on the comedy circuit, Christopher Graham Collins MBE, professionally known as Frank Skinner, has become a maestro of observational humour.

From his iconic television shows like Fantasy Football League, The Frank Skinner Show, Baddiel and Skinner Unplanned, to hosting The Frank Skinner Show on Absolute Radio since 2009, Skinner’s versatile talent has earned him widespread acclaim, culminating in his appointment as a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 2023 New Year Honours for his significant contributions to entertainment.

Presented by Great Minds Events Management

When: Monday, April 15th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Chris Distefano

Boasting 15 years of experience of spreading laughs in a variety of ways, Chris Distefano is coming to ignite the stage at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Tuesday, April 16th. known for his distinct comedian prowess on MTV’s reality shows “Guy Code” and “Girl Code”, Chris has everything needed for a night of unstoppable hilarity.

His Netflix specials, “Size 38 Waist” and “Speshy Weshy”, skilfully merge a charming charisma with a distinguished comedic style, while his co-hosting podcasts “Chrissy Chaos” and “Hey Babe”, add a dynamic and interactive dimension to his comedic repertoire. With sold-out shows at Radio City Music Hall and Madison Square Garden, Chris continues to entertain audiences on a grand scale, showcasing his ability to connect with everyone watching his shows.

When: Tuesday, April 16th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Amer Zahr

Amer Zahr is a Palestinian-American comedian, speaker, writer, and academic who will bring his over 10 years of comedy experience to the heart of Dubai Opera Main Hall during the festival. Descending on the stage on Wednesday, April 17th, Amer is set to deliver a night of laughter infused with thought-provoking humour. In 2013, he founded the “1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival”, which continues to be hosted annually to this day. He also wrote “Being a Palestinian Makes Me Smile” and made a documentary called “We’re Not White”, which was released in August 2017.

Presented by Outside the Box Events

When: Wednesday, April 17th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Spencer & Vogue

Spencer Matthews and Vogue Williams are two media personalities who will bring to you their unfiltered live show and unlike their hit podcast ‘Spencer and Vogue’, there will be no edits or re-dos! Coming to Dubai Opera Main Hall on Friday, April 19th, the couple welcomes you in for a hilarious evening which lifts the curtain on their lives, from Spencer’s obsession with James Blunt, to their shared competitiveness that has been the basis of their relationship.

To date, the show has sold out 3 nights at the 3Olympia in Dublin, with a recent announcement of their UK and Ireland tour. The live shows are all launching off the back of their chart-topping podcast, which has reached heights of over 25 million downloads.

Presented by Great Minds Events Management

When: Friday, April 19th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

Mo Gilligan

Mo Gilligan is a British stand-up comedian known for his unique brand of comedy that will be a unique addition to the Dubai Comedy Festival, with his show taking place at Dubai Opera Main Hall on Friday, April 19th. After several years of uploading comedy clips to social media as a hobby, Mo found global success in 2017, and became a co-host of a chat show called “The Big Narstie Show”, which debuted in 2018. With a distinct take on British culture mastering various genres such as grime comedy, physical comedy, and musical comedy, Mo promises to bring a multifaceted range of humour to the stage.

When: Friday, April 19th
Where: Dubai Opera Main Hall

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