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Catch The Laugh­ter Fac­tory

UAE com­edy stal­wart The Laugh­ter Fac­tory is run­ning a se­ries of stand-up nights dur­ing Novem­ber at the Möven­pick JBR, Grand Mil­len­nium Bar­sha and Jumeirah Is­lands Club.

Its My Big Fat Greek Tour gigs fea­ture an in­ter­na­tional line up in­clud­ing Ja­panese co­me­dian and BBC Ra­dio New Com­edy Award win­ner, Yuriko Kotani,

Join­ing her is Paul Thorne, whose TV ap­pear­ances in­clude The Com­edy Store and The Stand Up Show and An­gelo Tsarouchas, who has ap­peared on TV shows in­clud­ing Mad Men. We caught up with An­gelo.

What can we ex­pect from your per­for­mance?

You’re go­ing to get to know what is hap­pen­ing in my life and how I’m re­spond­ing to it. A lot of peo­ple can re­late to ev­ery­day ex­pe­ri­ences re­gard­less of where they live, and feel that they’re re­spond­ing the same way to the same sit­u­a­tions.

As a Cana­dian-Greek co­me­dian, how much do you draw on your mixed race iden­tity?

A lot. Imag­ine this: my par­ents are Greek im­mi­grants who move to Canada, I move to Amer­ica and marry an Ar­me­nian woman, and now travel the world do­ing my rou­tine. There’s a lot go­ing on right there and I re­alise my sto­ries are re­lat­able to the whole planet! It’s been quite the ride. And a lot of peo­ple re­gard­less of where they’re from can laugh at the same things as they are go­ing through the same stuff.

Does it play a big part in your work?

It does but as a co­me­dian you’re al­ways evolv­ing so the more you live and re­late on the road and in life, the more ma­te­rial seems like it is writ­ing it­self. Nov 8 and 9

aVar­i­ous lo­ca­tions in­clud­ing Grand Mil­len­nium Bar­sha Heights, Al Bar­sha, Dubai, tim­ings vary, Dhs150. Tel: (050) 8786728. Taxi: Grand Mil­len­nium Bar­sha Heights. laugh­ter­fac­

Yuriko Kotani

Paul Thorne

An­gelo Tsaroucha

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