Return of the Funny: All-star bill at The Laughter Factory
Wednesday, November 2, 2016

The Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, The Laughter Factory returns this November with Dave Fulton, Mick Ferry and Alistair Barrie headlining the stand-up comedy tour.

One of America's finest exports Dave Fulton goes head to head with two Brits on an all-star Laughter Factory bill in November.

An effortless raconteur and hard-living survivor, Fulton comes from the straight-talking, risk-taking school of US stand-up – a comedic cowboy who is taking no prisoners.

He will face competition from the relaxed delivery of Mick Ferry, a bemused  observational Englishman who highlights madness in the mundane, and has already firmly graduated to the big leagues with slots on hit TV showcases Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow and John Bishop’s Only Joking.

A third voice comes from the slick, topical and slyly witty Alistair Barrie, an Edinburgh Festival regular who has twice been nominated for best show at the Fringe.

Comedy may not be a competition, but we think you'll struggle to pick a winner here.

Abu Dhabi will see the return of The Laughter Factory on Wednesday, November 9th at Park Rotana Abu Dhabi.
Tickets priced AED 140 are available online at thelaughterfactory.com
For more information: +971 50 878 6728

______________________________________________________________________

Introducing the comics…

Dave Fulton

There is not a comic on the planet who sounds like Dave Fulton – an angry American with a chip on his shoulder, a drawer full of jokes, and a commandingly hoarse croak to deliver them in. A longtime resident of the UK, his work is that of a detached, cynically observational outsider.

In the words of Time Out London, Fulton represents “the tough talking, risk-taking school of yankee comics – intelligent, remarkably relaxed on stage and clearly out to create a bit of mischief.” Alight, then. In his own words, Fulton started in comedy “when it was popular and profitable – and decided to stay on past the point of when it wasn’t”.

Well, he still got to warm up for both Michael McIntyre and Jack Dee. Pulling material from his chequered, crazed life, expect to hear about near-death experiences, rampant hedonism and movie-like cliffhangers. Weirder moments include being detained under the terrorism act and surviving an avalanche. Hope to hear about both. Once described by Comedy Central as “looking like the underfed brother of Billy Connolly”, Fulton brings the swagger of a veteran and the humility of a survivor, a kind of rugged comedic cowboy – ironic, embittered and ready for one more crack of the whip.

Mick Ferry

Mick Ferry tells it like it is. A plain-talking Northern bloke in the second half of his life, his thoughts on marriage – or “comfortable hatred”, as he dubs it – are shockingly funny. And he makes it look so easy.

So easy, UK newspaper The Mirror gave Ferry a five-star review, hailing him as the sole flag-waver “keeping the art form of the belly laugh alive.” A consummate veteran, in 2013 Ferry was crowned Best UK Live Stand Up, and this year he was a winner of the Edinburgh Comedy Awards’s Panel Prize, as a member of the all-star Funz and Gamez team.

On the small screen, Ferry has been invited aboard Michael McIntyre’s Comedy Roadshow, John Bishop’s Only Joking, as well as Comedy Blue and Comedy Central at the Comedy Store.

Mick made his big screen debut alongside legendary footballer Eric Cantona in Ken Loach’s Palm d’Or-nominated Looking For Eric, and worked as a writer on A-lister John Bishop’s Britain. His employer repaid the favour, saying “see him or regret it” – time to take Bishop’s advice. 

Alistair Barrie

Alistair Barrie works fast – and thinks fast. He has to. This thoroughly likeable and charismatic comic’s material can be searingly topical, tackling the day’s headlines, as he does presenting the BBC satire Breaking the News. For five years Barrie also co-produced, wrote and performed in topical monthly show No Pressure to be Funny, praised by broadsheet The Observer as one of the top ten podcasts of 2015.

Effortlessly likeable and slyly witty, Barrie’s smart work has also been singled out by the UK’s Independent newspaper, which praised his “analytical nous and store of snappy gags.” But beneath the civilised facade, Barrie remains an accessible everyman, who “drops from the highbrow to the gutter in the draw of a breath,” according to the daily tabloid Metro.

Sharp, slick, effortless and dynamic are other words critics have heaped on Barrie, who has toured across Europe, most of Asia and parts of Africa, dropping in along the way for shows in Afghanistan, on a ship in the North Sea and at the world’s highest gig on top of a mountain in France. He also, somehow, finds time to crop as a core member of the weekly The Cutting Edge team at London’s Comedy Store.

An Edinburgh Festival regular with seven shows under his belt, 2012’s Urban Fogey and last year’s No More Stage Three were both runner-ups for best show at the Fringe, prompting dates at London’s prestigious Soho Theatre. As an actor, Barrie has shared the stage in plays with Adam Hills and Phil Jupitus. Another personal highlight was comparing the hilarious ‘Bye George – a comedian’s farewell to George W Bush, hosted at London’s Southbank Centre in 2009.

About The Laughter Factory

The Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, proudly making the GCC laugh since 1997. Thanks to a longstanding partnership with the UK’s Comedy Store, The Laughter Factory hosts a fresh bill of three different professional comedians every month, many already familiar stars of the screen on hit 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 Michael McIntyre, Russell Peters, Ed Byrne, Dara O’Brien, Ross Noble, Jason Manford, Sean Hughes, Kevin Bridges and Frankie Boyle.

The Laughter Factory’s commitment to comedy has been recognised by numerous publications, winning several accolades over its two-decade history, including a Lifetime Achievement Award from Time Out Dubai in 2013.

You Might Also Like //
  • 15 October

    American rapper Kendrick Lamar completes the all-star line up for this years after-race concerts, with the joint announcement from FLASH Entertainment & Yas Marina Circuit

  • 6 September

    Celebrating their 5th Anniversary THE RICH LIST has announced Busta Rhymes, Craig David and Rick Ross to perform live for F1 showcase.

  • 16 August

    Comedy may not be a competition, but we think you’ll struggle to pick a winner here.

  • 10 August

    'We asked for sun, sea and sand – we didn’t realize that they would send us to the desert!' - check out our interview with DNA, Hilton Corniche's very own live band!

  • 3 August

    ‘Beyond the Track’, the new project from Alchemy Project is bringing the biggest DJs in house music

  • 1 August

    DJ Stew Magoo is back to Abu Dhabi (what he calls his second home), as the resident DJ of Ray's Bar.

  • 25 July

    The new Buddha-Bar Beach concept is bound to be a massive hit in the city.

  • 5 July

    Saadiyat Beach Club is back on the party scene with the launch of their new bi-monthly night party. Set around what we at The Capital List think is the best infinity pool in the city, guests will be treated to an extravaganza of live entertainment..

  • 5 July

    Global Superstars P!NK & CALVIN HARRIS to headline the Yasalam after-race concerts at 2017 Abu Dhabi Grand Prix

  • 28 June

    Join Stars n Bars as they celebrate American Independence Day between June 30th and July 4th! Enjoy live outdoor BBQ cooking stations, Live Bands, Kids & Family Events, and DJs every day.

  • 28 June

    Housed in the old Cinnabar at the Hilton Corniche, one of the most low-key, but exciting openings happened on Sunday (25th June) with the launch of ‘POP’, the new concept from DTC Promotions, formally of RUSH Nightclub fame.

  • 3 May

    The temperature is rising and it’s time to make the most of the pool parties across the city while you can

  • 26 April

    Sheraton Abu Dhabi & Reggae Beachfest present the last revelry of the party season on May 12.

  • 19 April

    If craft brews and a barbeque is your thing, then the relaxed and comfortable surroundings of ‘The Retreat’ at the Westin could be your new home on Thursday nights.

  • 18 April

    MAD on Yas Island hosts it’s URBN Anniversary with LIVE performances by Meek Mill and Ameriie.

  • 22 March

    Grammy award-winning reggae artist Beenie Man is coming to the UAE to perform at CARIBFEST Abu Dhabi on Friday, March 31st 2017.

  • 7 March

    Nicola Warwick, the lead vocalist of the 2 time winning Time Out award winners, The International Playboys, is officially launching her original works tonight!

  • 28 February

    The latest addition to the capital’s brunch scene - Blu Sky Brunch!

  • 28 February

    Midge Ure is coming to Abu Dhabi as part of his ‘Something from Everywhere’ tour. Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd March in the Main Hall!

  • 22 February

    Hollywood actor and comedian Angelo Tsarouchas – AKA The Funny Greek – among highlights of all-star stand-up comedy tour.

  • 8 February

    Whether you’re looking to find your Romeo or Juliet this valentine's, or whether you think it’s a load of old tosh, there is a host of valentine's and anti-valentine's nights just waiting for you across the city. Check out the top 15 options in Abu Dhabi only on The Capital List.

  • 5 February

    FLASH Entertainment is filling up the 2017 entertainment calendar fast and announces yet another unmissable event with one of Britain’s biggest stars, Olly Murs.

  • 2 February

    Du live! Presents living legend Rod Stewart to kick off the 2017 Abu Dhabi entertainment season!

  • 2 February

    Crowd favourites Damian Clark, Peter White and Funmbi Omotayo return for all-star GCC comedy tour!

  • 29 January

    Since the revamp of Stars ‘N’ Bars late last year, they have been set on bringing the fun elements back to the venue. From old fashioned arcade machines loaded with Pac-Man to Beer-Pong, Stars ‘N’ Bars may just be about to change your brunch habits…. 7 days a week.

  • 27 January

    As the weather keeps our joie de vivre high up, Blue Marlin Ibiza UAE makes sure this positive spirit keeps its momentum. The month of February is packed with days spent lounging near the waters, surrounded by beautiful people from all over the world.

  • 24 January

    It’s been a whole year since The Sportsman’s Arms opened their al fresco Jack’s BBQ terrace, offering fantastic views of Zayed Sports City, and mouth-watering barbeque and chargrilled dishes from their Jacks BBQ menu featuring favorites such as Jerk Lamb Chops, Old No. 7 Beef Short Ribs, Honey Chipotle Chicken Wings, and Cajun Spiced Grilled Baby Chicken.

  • 10 January

    Save the date now for the UAE capital’s biggest annual brunch celebration. Jan 27th sees PJ O’Reilly’s, Abu Dhabi’s original Irish hangout, bounce with all things Oz to mark Australia’s National Day, which actually falls on January 26.

  • 22 December

    Following his standout performance over the F1 weekend, MAHMUT ORHAN is back by popular demand.

  • 21 December

    If you are planning on spending this 2016 New Year’s Eve in Abu Dhabi then check out the top parties to choose from. Whether you’re looking to ring in 2017 with a bang, or looking for something a little more laid back, you’ll find it all on The Capital List

  • 21 November

    Another exciting year in the Championship race for this year’s F1, and just like last year, the Championship will be decided at the final race of the F1 season here in Abu Dhabi this weekend.

  • 16 November

    The nightlife scene in the UAE is about to receive a huge boost, thanks to the opening of a stunning new nightclub in Abu Dhabi.

  • 15 November

    Yas Marina’s favourite venue to host international DJ’s, celebrity appearances, ‘Le Brunch’, sunset sessions, and more

  • 10 November

    The Capital’s favourite nightclub releases highly anticipated F1 Yasalam entertainment line up

  • 9 November

    Thursday has become the new Sunday for this year’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix with an exciting development, organisers have announced that Grammy Award-winning artist Pitbull has been added to the line-up and will kick off the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix weekend at the du Arena with a performance of his global number one-selling hits.

  • 8 November

    CARIBBEAN BEACH PARTY is back with International star STYLO G. Sheraton Abu Dhabi Hotel & Resort and Reggae Beachfest launch the season’s biggest party on Friday 9th December.

  • 3 November

    It’s the first weekend in November, and it appears Abu Dhabi is going full throttle on the run up to F1 with some incredible international artist’s worthy of the headline slot in the after-race parties, with Fat Joe and JA Rule hitting MAD on Yas Island.

  • 27 October

    The best time of the year is upon us! Halloween is nearly here! Amazing venues, spooky drinks and food served by devilish bartenders - we have plenty of mind blowing party choices prepared for you! Be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram to keep up-to-date on all the nightlife updates.

  • 24 October

    The Sunset Music Festival, the latest big music event in Abu Dhabi went off with a bang on Friday 21st October at Zayed Sports City. The inaugural event included a mix 90’s superstars and popular musicians performing for a nostalgic crowd throughout the evening.

  • 20 October

    Our weekly round-up of the best nights out in Abu Dhabi

  • 13 October

    Stay up-to-date on all things nightlife!

  • 12 October

    Following the abrupt closure of Radio 1 recently, it’s great to see our homegrown UAE talent emerging back on our radio waves this week it has been announced that Saif and Sound will be back, this time on Channel 4

  • 10 October

    Larry Dean and Allyson June Smith to make regional debuts for long-running comedy institution

  • 6 October

    Your Abu Nightlife update.

  • 1 October

    Back by popular demand, Oktoberfest Yas Island returns bigger and better this year following sold out events in 2014 and 2015

  • 29 September

    Best nights out this long weekend.

  • 22 September

    Our weekly roundup of the best parties in Abu Dhabi.

  • 20 September

    Following months of speculation, Yas Marina Circuit and FLASH Entertainment today jointly revealed that global music icon LIONEL RICHIE is to headline the after-race concert on Saturday, November 26!

  • 15 September

    From club nights to pub quizzes, your next seven days sorted​​

  • 8 September

    We have a long Eid weekend coming up and it just feels fantastic! Below are best parties in Abu Dhabi to keep you busy this weekend. Keep your eyes on our website, some exciting changes are on the way!

  • 1 September

    September is officially here, and so is the weekend!

  • 25 August

    One of the most technically gifted DJs around, James Zabiela takes to the decks at Iris Yas Island TONIGHT - make sure you reserve your spot! The multi award-winning MAD on Yas Island hosts Cali Swag District's YUNG this Sunday at the special edition of URBN.

  • 18 August

    We've got pool parties, beach parties, pool parties, Ladies nights and Gentleman's nights… and everything else in between. CHECK out our weekly look ahead for the best things to do in Abu Dhabi.

  • 17 August

    Following the huge live performance from Ten Walls back in May - Thursday 25th August will see UK DJ and producer JAMES ZABIELA take to the decks in the Capital.

  • 11 August

    Hot in the city, Hot in the city... TONIGHT! Stop what you're doing and check out best nights out in Abu Dhabi this week 11-17th of August.

  • 9 August

    With the season yet to really kick off for some venues, MAD on Yas Island is bucking that trend and making sure your season gets off with a bang.

  • 31 July

    Sample community content

  • 27 July

    Community three

  • 23 July

    The week ahead with the capital list can go on two lines. Here and there.

  • 21 July

    Sample text here Sample tet here

  • 22 May

    Friday 20th May 2016 - ALOFT and MTV joined forces for a very special Liquid Rain Party featuring exclusive performance by international DJ Jonas Blue, infamous for his Number 1 track 'Fast Car'.

  • 28 February

    The Abu Dhabi nightlife crowd like their urban music and MAD on Yas Island has two of the best urban DJs in the region performing every week. The opulent nightclub features 360-degree projection mapping, huge animated LED screens and an amazing sound system.

  • 18 January

    IRIS - Yas Island welcomes their new resident DJ Bruce Hill to their fabulous venue on the Yas Marina. Following in the footsteps on some fantastic performances in 2015, Bruce brings his unique style of House to Abu Dhabi.

  • 11 November

    We sat down with MAD Yas Island's resident DJs Anthony Bassoulou & DJAD to find out what makes them tick and to find out some sneak information on what we can expect from the new venue.

  • 25 October

    New York's Fatman Scoop is famed for his on-stage rough, raw and loud voice. 12 years on and Fatman's train is still on the tracks. The US rapper's instantly recognisable 2003 anthem 'Be Faithful' (featuring Faith Hill) hit Number 1 in the UK and is still slipped in many post brunch DJ sets.

  • 16 September

    Fresh from a wildly successful, energy-filled season in Ibiza, DJ Lea Dobricic is set to bring her high-octane style to 'Iris Sundown'(Yas Island) on Friday 25th September.