May 2021

The Laughs Keep Coming as More World-Class Comedians


The Laughs Keep Coming as More World-Class Comedians Join Line-Up for Dubai Comedy Festival

  • Dubai Comedy Festival has added even more hilarious comedians to its jam-packed line-up of multi-lingual shows, entertainment and more.
  • Ali Al Sayed, Harsh Gujral, Mina Liccione, and Kev Adams will all join the world-class line-up for Dubai Comedy Festival, which takes place from 13th to 22nd
  • Dubai Comedy Festival will also feature headline performances from Gad Elmaleh, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani, Nemr, and more. Get your tickets HERE!

Dubai Comedy Festival is set to welcome some of the funniest people on the planet to Dubai, from the 13th to 22nd of May, and the world of laughs just keeps getting bigger and better. Presented by Dubai Calendar and produced by BRAG, Live Nation and Dxb Live, Dubai Comedy Festival has now unveiled the latest comedians to join its 2021 edition, with Ali Al Sayed, Harsh Gujral, Mina Liccione, and Kev Adams all set to perform as part of the city-wide comedy takeover.

Featuring performances by Gad Elmaleh, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani and Nemr, as well as popular Russian comedians Alexander Revva, Mikhail Galustyan and Yevgeniy Chebatkov, Dubai Comedy Festival will take place over 10 days and nights in multiple hotspots across the city. Bigger, better and funnier than ever, the festival will have lots of new elements to look forward to and plenty of surprises along the way, so stay tuned for even more announcements very soon.


Dubai-based Ali Al Sayed’s lightning-fast wit and rapport with audiences has allowed him to perform numerous shows in the iconic Comic Strip Live in New York, as well as major international gigs at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and Theatre of Change Festival in Greece. As the Co-founder of Dubomedy, Ali co-started the first comedy school in the region, introducing stand-up comedy from an Arab perspective and paving the way for many young comedians. Ali is involved in the Dubai Comedy Festival as a curator and performer and has shared the stage with the likes of Dave Chappelle and Trevor Noah. He has also appeared on three seasons of ‘Comedy Central Presents: Stand Up’.

Catch Ali Al Sayed’s side-splittingly funny stand-up comedy live at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates on Friday, the 14th of May. Get your tickets HERE!


Harsh is a Dabangg guy from Kanpur who cracks jokes on his life experiences. With a strong personality, he also has strong comedy sets to tickle your funny bones. You’ll only want to sit in the first few rows if you’re feeling brave, because Gujral loves to get the audience involved, and he won’t hold back from roasting anyone he sees. His droll takes on everyday life situations, but will be sure to leave you in stitches, no matter where you’re seated.

Get set for an outrageously hilarious night of laughs with Harsh Gujral on Saturday, the 15th of May 2021, at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates. Grab your tickets HERE!


Mina Liccione is a multi-award-winning performing artist and comedian hailing from New York. She has been seen on Broadway in ‘STOMP’, MTV’s ‘The Grind’, and all three seasons of Comedy Central’s ‘Comedy Central Presents…’ TV show, as well as season two of ‘Ridiculousness’. In 2008, she co-founded Dubomedy Arts with her husband Ali Al Sayed, which is home to the region’s first comedy school and all-female troupe: Funny Girls UAE. Mina filmed her debut one-hour stand-up special entitled ‘Mina Liccione: Araby By Nature’ in 2017, acting as the first female comedian to do so in the Middle East. Her second special is currently airing on Comedy Central and Wavo.

Don’t miss the show of a lifetime – Growing Up Ringside – by Mina Liccione at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates on Thursday, the 20th of May 2021. Get your tickets HERE!


Acclaimed prodigy of French humour, Kev Adams will be coming to Dubai for the very first time for Dubai Comedy Festival. On this unique occasion, Kev will stop at nothing to give the audience a phenomenal experience that leaves them roaring with laughter. The multi-talented, Parisian-born, comedy star has many surprises up his sleeve, including guest appearances by his hilarious group of friends, including Ilyes Djadel, Alex Fredo, David Azria, and more.

Get ready to laugh out loud with Kev Adams & Friends at The Theatre at Mall of the Emirates on Saturday, the 22nd of May 2021. Grab your tickets HERE.


There are still lots more laughs to be announced over the coming weeks, so stay tuned to for updates and new shows to be added to Dubai Comedy Festival’s amazing 10-night line-up.

About Dubai Comedy Festival

There may be over 200 nationalities living in Dubai, but they all speak the same language: the language of laughter! The Dubai Comedy Festival brings the city non-stop jokes by some of the planet’s funniest men and women. As well as attracting the world’s best in comedy, Dubai Comedy Festival also serves as a platform for local and regional comedians to showcase their skills while transcending all cultures, backgrounds, and ages, as good comedy should! The cat’s out of the bag; Dubai has become a regional and international hub of humor and entertainment, home to outstanding talent…and the Dubai Comedy Festival is proof!

About BRAG (Festival Management & Marketing Partner)

Brag is a UAE-born experiential collective, creating new social patterns that push boundaries and the perception of what you think an event should be. By fostering that creative energy into Brag-worthy content, the company generates events and live activations that build brands and communities. The innovative company’s portfolio consists of iconic projects like Dubai Fitness Challenge, Fashion Forward, Sole Dxb, Meet d3, Dubai Food Festival’s Beach Canteen, and The Pointe’s live concerts of Enrique Iglesias, Dua Lipa, and Robbie Williams.

About Dubai Calendar

With an average of 150 events listed at any one time, and 35 new events added every week, Dubai Calendar is an all-access pass to ‘what’s on’ in Dubai.  Dubai Calendar’s website and app is a free resource that allows residents and tourists to dive into the heart of the city and discover upcoming events and offerings. Tickets can also be bought quickly and securely through the app’s purchasing platform.

Live Nation (Programming & Ticketing Partner)

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship.

DXB Live (Production Partner)

DXB Live, Dubai World Trade Centre’s experiential agency, is at the forefront of innovation in the events industry, offering turn-key event solutions powered by an award-winning team of industry experts.  The extensive 360-degree services and solutions DXB Live offers range from exhibition concept and design, to stand build, lighting, and audiovisuals, utilizing world-class design and technical production to create and host spectacular events and capture decisive moments throughout the UAE and worldwide.

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