Dubai Comedy Festival Unveils Its First Headliners


Dubai Comedy Festival Unveils Its First Headliners: Gad Elmaleh, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani, & Nemr

  • Dubai Comedy Festival, which takes place from 13th to 22nd of May, has revealed its first headliners as part of a jampacked line-up of multi-lingual shows.
  • The world-class line-up includes Gad Elmaleh, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani, Nemr, Alexander Revva, Mikhail Galustyan, and Yevgeniy Chebatkov, with plenty more of the planet’s funniest people set to be announced very soon.
  • The Comedy Bizarre at Madinat Jumeirah is set to be the focal point of the city-wide extravaganza, as the iconic destination transforms into a world of laughs.
  • The Laughter Factory will also be bringing some of the best international comedy talent the region has ever hosted to Dubai Comedy Festival, including Agnostino Zoida, George Zach and Ari Matti Mustonen.

Following the recent announcement that it is set to return, bigger and funnier than ever, from the 13th to 22nd of May, Dubai Comedy Festival has unveiled the first headliners of its city-wide comedy takeover. Presented by Dubai Calendar and produced by BRAG, Live Nation and Dxb Live – Dubai Comedy Festival will also transform Madinat Jumeirah into a Comedy Bizarre for 10 nights of laughter, live entertainment, music, food, and more.

This year’s line-up features the planet’s funniest people, including Gad Elmaleh, Eddie Griffin, Maz Jobrani and Nemr, as well as popular Russian comedians Alexander Revva, Mikhail Galustyan and Yevgeniy Chebatkov. Dubai Comedy Festival will take place over 10 days and nights in multiple hotspots across Dubai, providing the city with a world of laughs and tonnes of laugh-out-loud moments to be shared with family, friends, and loved ones in safe and enjoyable environments. Bigger, better, and funnier, the festival will have lots of new elements to look forward to and plenty of surprises along the way.


Gad Elmaleh is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor who has achieved widespread notoriety in France, Morocco and the United States. He is a star in the French-speaking world and more recently in the United States. He has starred in several feature films, including Coco, Priceless, La Doublure, and Midnight in Paris. Voted the funniest person in France, he was named ‘Knight of the Order of Arts and Letters’ by the Minister of Culture. He was also named ‘Knight of the National Order of Quebec’. Elmaleh is often referred to as the ‘Seinfeld of France’ and has performed numerous sold-out world tours, in arenas across the globe. In 2015 and 2018, Elmaleh did national comedy tours across the United States. In 2019, he released the Netflix series ‘Huge in France’.


A popular comedian turned actor who started his career on-stage as a dare, funnyman Eddie Griffin has built an ever-growing fan-base since jumping onto the comedy scene in 1990. Born in Kansas City, Missouri, Eddie was once dared to go on stage at the local comedy club Sanford and Sons where he was told to do three minutes. He performed off-the-cuff for 45 minutes successfully. It was then that Griffin purchased a one-way ticket to Los Angeles to pursue his dream of becoming a stand-up. He has gone on to play The Pastor opposite Dave Chappelle, Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in 2018’s Academy Award Winning feature film ‘A Star is Born’. His Showtime Comedy Special Eddie Griffin: Undeniable debuted on Showtime in February 2018 to rave reviews.


Maz Jobrani is a comedian, actor and host of his own podcast. Gaining recognition as the Iranian-American founding member of THE AXIS OF EVIL comedy tour, he has made many appearances on television’s most popular shows, starred in award-winning films, and has also been a regular guest on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and The Late Late Show with James Corden.


Nemr is a Lebanese-American stand-up comic who is credited with pioneering the stand-up comedy scene throughout the Middle East. In 2017, Nemr premiered his hugely successful comedy special, ‘No Bombing in Beirut’, across the United States on Showtime, and across Canada. He has written and performed seven full feature shows, the latest of which was a world tour that took him to many major US cities, Europe, and across the Middle East. He has also released two feature specials as cinematic experiences, ‘EPIC’ (2014) and ‘Victorious Secret’ (2016), and has numerous television credits from major networks, along with appearances on CNN, BBC HARDTalk, and ‘The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore’.


The Laughter Factory has searched the globe to bring three of the world’s most outrageous stand-ups, to shake the cobwebs off your tonsils. Playing a part in the Dubai Comedy Festival meant that the Laughter Factory had to use its 25 years in the business to source some of the best international comedy talent that the region has ever hosted, including Agnostino Zoida, George Zach and Ari Matti Mustonen. Forget about your problems. Come and witness the mayhem. The time has come to be happy!


Legendary and beloved Russian comedians Alexander Revva and Mikhail Galustyan will perform their show, ‘Funny and Even Funnier’, as part of the Dubai Comedy Festival. Debuting their show on the 18th of May at Dubai Opera, it’s definitely a performance not to be missed. On top of side-splittingly funny jokes, the hilarious duo will be improvising – creating an organic element of surprise that only comedians of their calibre can deliver.


The Fort Island at Madinat Jumeirah, along with its surrounding bars and restaurants, will host Dubai Comedy Festival’s Comedy Bizarre for the first time ever, bringing 10 nights of laughter, live entertainment, music, food, and much more to one of the city’s most iconic destinations. Taking inspiration from everyone’s favourite TV game shows of the 80s and 90s, The Comedy Bizarre will immerse families and friends alike in a world of fun, games, prizes, and surprises.

About Dubai Comedy Festival

There may be over 200 nationalities living in Dubai, but they all speak the same language: the language of laughter! The Dubai Comedy Festival brings the city non-stop jokes by some of the planet’s funniest men and women. As well as attracting the world’s best in comedy, Dubai Comedy Festival also serves as a platform for local and regional comedians to showcase their skills while transcending all cultures, backgrounds, and ages, as good comedy should! The cat’s out of the bag; Dubai has become a regional and international hub of humor and entertainment, home to outstanding talent…and the Dubai Comedy Festival is proof!

About BRAG (Festival Management & Marketing Partner)

Brag is a UAE-born experiential collective, creating new social patterns that push boundaries and the perception of what you think an event should be. By fostering that creative energy into Brag-worthy content, the company generates events and live activations that build brands and communities. The innovative company’s portfolio consists of iconic projects like Dubai Fitness Challenge, Fashion Forward, Sole Dxb, Meet d3, Dubai Food Festival’s Beach Canteen, and The Pointe’s live concerts of Enrique Iglesias, Dua Lipa, and Robbie Williams.

About Dubai Calendar

With an average of 150 events listed at any one time, and 35 new events added every week, Dubai Calendar is an all-access pass to ‘what’s on’ in Dubai.  Dubai Calendar’s website and app is a free resource that allows residents and tourists to dive into the heart of the city and discover upcoming events and offerings. Tickets can also be bought quickly and securely through the app’s purchasing platform.

Live Nation (Programming & Ticketing Partner)

Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship.

DXB Live (Production Partner)

DXB Live, Dubai World Trade Centre’s experiential agency, is at the forefront of innovation in the events industry, offering turn-key event solutions powered by an award-winning team of industry experts.  The extensive 360-degree services and solutions DXB Live offers range from exhibition concept and design, to stand build, lighting, and audiovisuals, utilizing world-class design and technical production to create and host spectacular events and capture decisive moments throughout the UAE and worldwide.