Posted on January 06, 2017

Fifteen stand-up comedians from nine countries will feature in the first-ever winter edition of Doha Comedy Festival (DCF) from February 2 to 4 at the Qatar National Convention Centre (QNCC) theatre, Qatar Tourism Authority (QTA) announced yesterday.

Part of the month-long Shop Qatar festival, the show includes an impressive lineup of stars such as host of The Daily Show, Trevor Noah, and winner of America’s Got Talent, Paul Zerdin. According to each comedian’s repertoire and style, the three nights have been themed Arab (Feb 2), Khaleeji (Feb 3) and International (Feb 4). South African comedian Noah and British comedian and ventriloquist Zerdin will be coming to Qatar for the first time to perform at DCF’s International Night with an opening act by Hamad Al Amari (also known as ‘the Qatari Guy’).

Comedians who will feature at the Arabic Night are Nemr (Lebanon), Rajae Qawas (Jordan), Nikolas Khoury (Jordan), Mohanad Al Hattab (Syria), Wonho Chung (Korea) and Mohammad Salem (Egypt). Bader Saleh, Ibraheem Al Khairallah and Moayad Al Nefaie (KSA) and Ahmad Al Shammari, Abdallah Al Saidan and Bashar Al Jazzaf (Kuwait) will headline the Khaleeji Night.Tickets range from QR120 to QR995 and are on sale at Virgin Megastores and through the store’s website, in addition to Shop Qatar booths at malls participating in the festival. DCF is presented by QTA and organised and produced by The Social Studios.

Saif Al Kuwari, Director of PR and Communication at QTA said, “Shop Qatar features a multitude of activities making it much more than a shopping festival. Based on the huge success we have seen for DCF in the past few years, the inclusion of this comedy event in Shop Qatar’s entertainment line-up is expected to draw large crowds of fans from across the region.” He added, “We have been proud to support DCF since its inception, especially as comedy is a positive means for shedding light on social issues and plays an important role in building bridges between cultures.”

Hamzeh Zahr, Managing Director of The Social Studios said, “Playing host to one of the region’s largest comedy shows demonstrates Qatar’s growing prominence on the global cultural map. Comedy in this region was and is a part of our collective cultural heritage and the spread of stand-up comedy is testament to the flourishing of Arab artistic talents.” Qatari Comedian, Hamad Al Amari said, “The last edition of DCF featured a number of top comedians from the region and the great audience turnout underscored the importance of stand-up comedy in our region’s cultural scene. The winter edition promises to build on that and offer our audiences a new experience with fresh material that touches on new topics.”

source: The Peninsula