See stand-up comedy from the UK, Japan and Canada
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. laughterfactory.com