We stop by the opening night of this month's bill and report back
The lowdown What: Punchline Comedy Club Where: Emirates Golf Course When: Thursday September 12
International comedy brand Punchline rolled back into Dubai, kicking off a run of dates across the region which takes three comics from Dubai to Abu Dhabi, Doha, Al Ain, and back to Dubai before wrapping up in Sharjah.
A brand which is preparing to celebrate its 20th birthday next year, Punchline launched in the GCC this March. Now kicking off the new post-summer season, this latest bill is amongst the strongest they’ve brought yet.
Frenzied compere British Simon Bligh set the bar extraordinarily high with his fresh take on the ‘men are different to women because...’ routine which had the opening night audience in stitches. Gender politics were also high on the list for first-half headliner, Aussie Matt Klein, who took a more relaxed and confessional storytelling approach.
The tone totally changed with American closer John Lenahan, who mixed audience participation, self-deprecation and magic tricks (yes, really) to such a profoundly professional level that we’re convinced the American comic will win several new fans before the week is out. Catch the show before it closes at one of the following spots:
The Hilton Doha on Tuesday September 17. Hilton Al Ain Wednesday September 18. Jumeirah Creekside Hotel on Thursday September 19. Sharjah Wanderers Sports club on Friday September 20.
Tickets for all the above shows can be bought from www.timeouttickets.com, except the Hilton Doha gig, where tickets can be bought by calling: 4423 3333.