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Arabs Are Not Funny

  • Fri, 22 Apr 2016
  • 7.30 PM - 9.30 PM
  • Tickets: £6/£5


As a prelude to #LAAF2016 we're bringing a new wave of stand-up comedians representing the Arab World to the Liverpool comedy scene.

Arabs Are Not Funny! takes place at Bluecoat on 22 April 2016, coinciding with Double Act: Art and Comedy a group exhibition guest curated by artists Common Culture, which explores how comedy helps us to shape meaning and negotiate the complexities of everyday life.

Headlining the evening will be British Nigerian comedian and actor Nabil Abdul Rashid, one of the most exciting creative talents on the comedy circuit today who, at just 22, became the youngest black comedian to perform stand-up at the Hammersmith Apollo. Starring alongside him, Welsh-Egyptian comic and BBC Radio 2 presenter Omar Hamdi will take the reins as host. Omar is fast making a name for himself as a hilarious comic, and has supported BBC’s Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo regulars Russell Kane, Ava Vidal, and Milton Jones. The organisers behind the event are the UK-based Arts Canteen, who will be represented on the night by Tunisian comedian and opener for the evening Marouen Mraihi.

Presented by Liverpool Arab Arts Festival.

This event is suitable for over 18s only.

About the performers

Nabil Abdulrashid, Nigeria/UK

Born in London but raised in Northern Nigeria to a medical doctor father and a politician/businesswoman mother. Nabil is arguably one of, if not the most dynamic original and creative young talents of his generation, within two years of performing he had written for his own TV show as well as starred in it and set comedy clubs ablaze across the country with his energetic,take no prisoners style and rapier wit.

Very few comedians can match this young performer’s charisma, in 2010 he opened for the premier of Omid Djalilis movie "The infidel" making him one of (if not the) youngest black male to do stand up at the Hammersmith Apollo

Omar Hamdi, Egypt/Wales

A professional comedian with a thoroughbred pedigree, Omar Hamdi has supported A-list stars Russell Kane, Ava Vidal and the great Milton Jones, all heroes of BBC’s Mock the Week and Live at the Apollo. A regular sell-out at the Edinburgh Fringe, he was a recent finalist at their So You Think You’re Funny awards. Affable and incredibly funny, Omar Hamdi’s is a name that you will definitely be hearing again.

Marouen Mraihi, Tunisia

Marouen Mraihi joined the stand up comedy circuit in 2013 by performing in front of an Italian and French audiences in London. Being part of the North-African Tunisian minority in England gives him the advantage of presenting his Arabic culture and roots in a satirical way. Marouen also founded the show Arabs Are Not Funny! with Arts Canteen in 2015 and has hosted it several times.

Tickets: £6/£5







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