Frankie’s launches search for UAE’s best comedian

Win a paid, regular slot at Frankie’s Comedy Cellar

Fancy yourself as a bit of a comedian? Are you always cracking your mates up, and are you “the funniest guy in the office”?

Well, if you just can’t help being hilarious, here’s your chance to prove it. Frankie’s Italian Bar & Grill relaunched the Comedy Cellar back in August, and now, following its fortnightly show, is looking for the brightest and best comedy talent from around the UAE.

Frankie’s Comedian Quest is challenging aspiring stand-up comedians to show how funny they really are, by uploading a video clip to Instagram telling their favourite joke. Make sure it’s no longer than one minute, and tag @frankiesuae using the hashtag #FrankiesComedianQuest to get your entry in. Entries must be posted by Wednesday November 1 to be considered by the panel of judges, which includes a bunch of top UAE-based comedians.

The finalists will get the opportunity to perform their material live on stage in front of an audience at Frankie’s. The eventual winner will be named Frankie’s Fresh Talent 2017, and will not only get a place on the roster to perform regularly at the restaurant’s regular comedy night, but will also get paid for doing so.

“Today we are launching Frankie’s Comedian Quest to unearth the very best in fresh talent anywhere across the emirates,” said regular Comedy Cellar performer Tai Paschall. “There’s a great group of UAE-based comedians out there and we know each other well, but we want to discover the next big star to perform with us and keep it fresh. Who knows, you could end up being the biggest name on the scene.”

If you think you this is a case of being thrown the lions, however, compere Simeon Goodson has some words of comfort.

“This is a great opportunity for budding comedians as the Frankie’s crowd is full of regulars who know their comedy and are very respectful when new comics take the big step up onto the stage for the first time,” he said. “It will be a brilliant and potentially life changing experience for those we shortlist to perform.”

So, what are you waiting for?

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If you’re in the mood for comedy, why not check out the upcoming gigs at The Laughter Factory? Britain’s Got Talent TV sensation Daliso Chaponda is in town until Friday September 29, before UK circuit legend and Netflix star Markus Birdman and guests come to town in October.

There’s also still time to enter the Comedy Central Arabia talent hunt if you fancy taking your jokes to the small screen.

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