FunBassadors set to feed Middle East with ‘laughter’

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A group of young international stand-up comedians are set to bring laugher to the faces of people in the Middle East, starting their FunBassadors of Comedy tour from Oman on Saturday.

The show is produced by international comedian Nitin Mirani, of India, and will debut six other comedians: Brent Jenkins (The United States) Lamya Tawfik (Egypt) Maher al-Barwany, (Tanzania), Ray Addison (the UK), Rami Salame (Lebanon), Imran al-Aradi (Pakistan).

“The main concept of the FunBassadors is to bring together comedians from different countries but who live in the Middle East, put them on one stage and give them an international buffet of comedy,” Mirani told Al Arabiya English on Friday.

The FunBassadors come from different countries but they are all based in Dubai.

The main purpose of the FunBassadors expedition is to feed people’s appetite through “laughter,” Mirani said.

The show is in the English language, but this does not prevent local audiences from getting the jokes, organizers say.

“He [Nitin] handpicked the comics based on his knowledge of what works in this region,” British television producer and comedian Addison said.

“All of the comedians on the tour have either grown up within the Middle East or been around here long enough that we have become a part of it, from the culture and the lifestyle,” Tanzanian comedian Barwany said.

The audience of the show will get “two hour laughathon” with exciting new standup, said Mirani, who previously performed in Gulf countries like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

He said his jokes have no red lines but that he respects the region’s culture and traditions. “Never offend the crowd, befriend the crowd,” he said.

“It gets naughty but it doesn’t get offensive,” Mirani said, adding: “It’s nice to know that Arabs particularly Emiratis and Saudis love comedy.”

The event is organized by Light and Shadow Enterprises LLC and is sponsored by Mazda in association with American Express.

After Oman, the tour moves across the region with its second stop in the UAE, then Egypt, Bahrain and finally Lebanon.

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