After a brief break, The Laughter Factory is back in the capital with acts from three huge returning comics – and it’s your last chance for a proper laugh before they stop for the summer break.
Living up to its name, The Laughter Factory puts on a night that’s guaranteed to have you giggling plenty by the end of it all. In the past, everyone from the likes of Michael McIntyre to Russell Peters, and Ed Byrne to Dara O’Brien and Frankie Boyle have taken to their stage, along with other, lesser-known, but still-talented folk from the international world of comedy.
This month, those comedians coming back to Abu Dhabi are Dominic Holland, Kai Humphries and Addy Van Der Borgh. And this is all you need to know about the month’s line-up of side-splitters...
Dhs140. Wednesday May 17, from 8pm. Park Rotana Abu Dhabi, next to Khalifa Park, www.thelaughterfactory.com (050 8786 728).
Addy Van Der Borgh
Recognised by the likes of Daniel Kitson and Chris Rock for his exceptional humour, Addy Van Der Borgh has serious TV credential. He has appeared on BBC One’s The Stand Up Show and Brain Candy, as well as Comedy Central’s The World Stands Up. Expect a hilarious anecdotal set that blurs the lines between physical comedy and shrewd observations about daily life.
His claim to fame might be the fact that he’s technically Spider Man’s dad (his son, Tom Holland, has played the character in Marvel films since 2016), but Dominic Holland has been on the comedy scene since winning the Perrier Best Newcomer Award in 1993. And he has been managed by Eddie Izzard, plus has appearances on huge comedy shows like Have I Got News for You. So there.
Humphries’ career was set when he reached the finals of So You Think You’re Funny? in 2009. After that, he featured on Comedy Central’s The Comedy Store. His first solo show was critically-acclaimed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and he followed it up with two more hits: Bare-Faced Cheek and Shameless. A Georgie lad through and through, expect a set full of banter with the audience.