Mul­ti­cul­tural “Haboubs and Laloos” com­edy show com­ing to Vanier Col­lege on Septem­ber 16

Montreal Times - - Theatre - By: Stu­art Nul­man / mtl­times.ca

For an evening of bilin­gual, mul­ti­cul­tural com­edy, don’t miss the 3rd an­nual Haboubs & Laloos com­edy show on Septem­ber 16, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the au­di­to­rium of Vanier Col­lege, lo­cated at 821 Ste. Croix in Ville St. Lau­rent.

The show is be­ing in­de­pen­dently pro­duced, fi­nanced, mar­keted, pub­li­cized and staged by Emile Khoury and Dixit Pa­tel, who work to­gether at an Apple Store, who wanted to pro­duce a show that would give up and com­ing comics the op­por­tu­nity to per­form on a larger stage in front of a size­able crowd, and in turn, have more es­tab­lished comics the chance to per­form in front of a di­verse au­di­ence.

“Orig­i­nally, Dixit ap­proached me to help him pro­duce short videos. I told him that videos would not cut it, and that it would be bet­ter if we pro­duced live shows,” said Khoury, who also di­vides his time as a free­lance pub­li­cist (most re­cently with this year’s 35th an­niver­sary edition of the Just For Laughs fes­ti­val). “When we pre­sented the first Haboubs & Laloos show at the Pa­tro Le Prevost venue on Christoph-Colmb, it at­tracted over 350 peo­ple; when he did the sec­ond show at Vanier, we at­tracted just as many peo­ple.”

Khoury added that the ti­tle of the show is re­flec­tive of their goal to pro­duce mul­ti­cul­tural com­edy shows and their re­spec­tive ethnic back­grounds (Khoury is Le­banese and Pa­tel is Hindu). “Ba­si­cally, ‘Haboubs & Laloos’ is the equiv­a­lent of the word ‘brother’,” he said.

And this year’s line-up is in­dica­tive of the mul­ti­cul­tural na­ture of the Mon­treal com­edy scene. It fea­tures vet­eran An­glo comic David Pryde (who was one of the high­lights of this year’s Mon­treal: An In­ter­ven­tion Gala at Just For Laughs); Alexan­dre Dou­ville (who was named as one of the rev­e­la­tions of this year’s Juste pour rire fes­ti­val); and head­liner Adib Alkhalidey, the Moroc­can-born comic who is one of the hottest com­edy stars on the Que­bec com­edy scene, and is about to em­bark on his sec­ond tour across the prov­ince called “In­genu”.

Khoury men­tioned that if this third edition of “Haboubs & Laloos” is just as suc­cess­ful as the pre­vi­ous two, he and Pa­tel hope to stage more of these mul­ti­cul­tural com­edy shows more fre­quently. “At first we did them ev­ery six months; if we draw a large crowd to the third edition, we hope to have them ev­ery three to four months, and if that works out, ev­ery other month,” he said.

Tick­ets for the third Haboubs & Laloos com­edy show on Septem­ber 16 cost $20 each, and can be pur­chased in ad­vance by going to:

https://squareup.com/store/haboub­sand­laloos

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