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Dubai Comedy Festival Returns for its 3rd Year in a Row – Katch all the Side-Splitting Laughs in Store Around the City

by Paudie Marum | 1st May 2023 | Communication,Digital,Hospitality,Public Relations

With the world’s funniest men and women set to descend on the city for 10 days of non-stop laughs, prepare for utter hilarity as the Dubai Comedy Festival proves once again that it’s the ultimate destination for all things funny

The return of the Dubai Comedy Festival is just around the corner and from May 12th to 21st, fans of a good chuckle needn’t look far as the city is preparing to come alive with a plethora of the world’s funniest individuals descending on Dubai for 10 days of hilarious antics. As the PR & Communications partner for this rib-tickling event, Katch International is delighted to welcome it back again for its 3rd year running, this time with more comedians, more acts, and more comedy for everyone! Boasting an unrivalled line-up of acts including the likes of Jimmy Carr, Dara Ó Briain, My Therapist Ghosted Me, Jim Jefferies, Zakir Khan, Sooshi Mango, Rafi Bastos, and so much more, the 2023 edition promises to be the most exciting yet.

DCF stage

Produced by BRAG, Live Nation Middle East, and DXB Live and presented by Dubai Calendar, this year's festival promises to be a laugh riot with a mix of stand-up shows, live podcasts, other comedy events. Lighting up a myriad of the best venues in the city in the city such as Dubai Opera, The Theatre Mall of the Emirates, and Coca-Cola Arena, comedy lovers will be spoiled for choice. Leaving no stone unturned when it comes to keeping people entertained, there will be both English and Arabic language shows on offer throughout the Dubai Comedy Festival’s run.

With less than 2 weeks to go until the first show, make sure to book your tickets today before they’re gone! Check out some of the acts that have already been announced below and get to marking your calendar to not miss a single moment of fun. For more information on the full schedule of events click here.

Sooshi Mango “Off The Boat Tour” – Friday, May 12th at Coca-Cola Arena

Sooshi Mango

Get ready to laugh until your sides hurt as Australia's favourite comedy trio, Sooshi Mango, made up of Joe Salanitri, Carlo Salanitri, and Andrew Manfre, is set to perform live at the Coca-Cola Arena Dubai on May 12th. Combining a unique blend of hilarious sketches and relatable humour, Sooshi Mango has become a sensation on social media, with millions of views and followers worldwide. Their live performances have been described as a non-stop rollercoaster ride of laughs, bringing audiences to tears of laughter. With their uncanny ability to capture the essence of everyday life and turn it into comedy gold, Sooshi Mango has quickly become a household name in the entertainment industry. This show promises to be an unforgettable experience that will have audiences of all ages in stitches. For tickets, click here.

Zakir Khan – Sunday, May 14th at Dubai Opera

Zakir Khan

On the back of the massively successful special Tathastu, Zakir Khan is coming to Dubai for a special show on May 14th! The Indian comedian and actor established his storytelling and comedic prowess with his hilarious specials including Haq Se Single (2017) and Kaksha Gyarvi (2018), and has sold out 100,000+ tickets across the globe. Boasting a unique ability to highlight comic elements in everyday life, he is well-known for his “uniquely Indian” style of comedy, which involves him impeccably catching on to the emotions that are common to every Indian household. Don’t miss the utter hilarity when he lights up the Dubai Opera during Dubai Comedy Festival. For tickets, click here.

Dara Ó Briain “So Where Were We?” – Monday, May 15th at Dubai Opera

Dara O Briain

One of Ireland’s funniest funny-men, Dara Ó Briain, known for his quick wit and razor-sharp observations, is bringing his unique brand of comedy to the Dubai Opera on May 15th. With a career spanning over two decades, Ó Briain has become a household name in the entertainment industry, with numerous sold-out shows across the globe. His ability to blend topical humour with his own personal experiences has made him a fan favourite, and his live performances have been described as a masterclass in observational comedy. Whether you're a fan of his stand-up comedy or his work on television, this show promises to be a night to remember. For tickets, click here.

Atsuko Okatsuka, Beth Stelling, and Rachel Feinstein – Monday, May 15th at Dubai Opera


This laugh-a-minute show will bring together three of the funniest female stand-up acts in the world for an unforgettable night of rib-tickling hilarity. American comedian, writer, and actress, Beth Stelling, famed for her sets on “The Standups” along with being a writer for the hit TV series “Crashing”, one of the finalists on Season 7 of “Last Comic Standing”, Rachel Feinstein, and one of Variety’s 10 Comics to Watch for 2022, Atsuko Okatsuka, will all strut their stuff on the Dubai Opera stage on May 15th. Nothing will be off the table as these three powerhouses of funny get into the nitty gritty of their pasts, taking real-life examples and making them absolutely hilarious. For tickets, click here.

Jimmy Carr – Tuesday, May 16th at Dubai Opera

Jimmy Carr

Jimmy Carr, one of the UK's most renowned comedians, is preparing to descend on the Dubai Opera on May 16th, bringing with him his trademark wit and humour. Known for his quick one-liners and hilarious observations on modern life, Jimmy Carr has become a household name in the comedy world. His brand-new show contains jokes about all kinds of terrible things and is not for the faint-hearted but is terribly funny. For lovers of all things horrible, make sure you don’t miss out. For tickets, click here.

My Therapist Ghosted Me – Wednesday, May 17th at Dubai Opera


Get ready to laugh until it hurts as the hilarious comedy duo, My Therapist Ghosted Me, takes the stage at the Dubai Opera on May 17th! The dynamic comedy duo, comprising Joanne McNally and Vogue Williams, is bringing their unique blend of humour and storytelling to Dubai. With a style that is both relatable and irreverent, their show promises to be a night to remember. From navigating the challenges of dating in the digital age to dealing with the pressures of social media, My Therapist Ghosted Me brings a fresh perspective to some of life's most complicated issues. Together they will give 100% unqualified, unsubstantiated but up-front and honest advice on the plethora of issues they and many others continue to grapple with. For tickets, click here.

Rafi Bastos “Unfamiliar Territory” – Wednesday, May 17th at The Theatre Mall of the Emirates

Rafi Bastos

A 6’7” tall Brazilian comedian with an accent like Dracula, Rafi Bastos, has experienced a rapidly growing social media presence of late thanks to a series of his stand-up clips going viral. One of the first to pioneer the art of stand-up comedy in Brazil, fans of quick-witted observational humour are in for a real treat. Rafi’s videos with stage performances, music videos, interviews, and sketches have now more than 370 million views on his Youtube channel alone and his performance at the Dubai Comedy Festival promises to be a rip-roaring evening filled with utter hilarity. For tickets, click here.

Jim Jefferies “Give ‘Em What They Want” – Wednesday, May 17th at Dubai Opera

Jim Jefferies

Jim Jefferies, the Sydney native and one of the most popular and respected comedians of his generation, is coming to Dubai. Entertaining audiences across the globe with his provocative, belief-challenging, and thought-provoking comedy, Jim has garnered a legion of fans worldwide and has been honoured for his comedic brilliance by winning the Stand-Up Comedian of the Year at the Just for Laughs Festival in the summer of 2019. Having toured all around Europe and North America, he is well known on the comedy circuit and showgoers can expect plenty of laughs when he takes to the Dubai Opera stage on May 17th. For tickets, click here.

Tickets for the Dubai Comedy Festival are available now, and they're selling fast. Don't miss your chance to see some of the world's funniest comedians live on stage by staying tuned to and check out Dubai Comedy Festival’s social media channels on Facebook, Twitter & Instagram for additional line-up details.

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