Comedy Central Launched It’s First Local Production in Middle East

Ali Al Sayed

Written by Joseph Santiago

Ali Al Sayed

The regional adaptation of stand-up series ‘Comedy Central Presents’ will benefit “discover and showcase new comedians who will become points of reference for the comedy location, both locally as well as in other territories.”

Viacom’s Comedy Central is doing its 1st local show in the Middle East, a stand-up comedy production using the Comedy Central Presents.

This is the first ever stand up production for Comedy Central in the Middle East & North African region. They will showcase 30 comedians,  featuring veteran comics and up coming comedians in Arabic language and English. These comics are from Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Lebanon, Sudan, Jordan, and UAE.

The production will be hosted by popular Emirati comedian Ali Al Sayed, who has also done shows in America.  Last year Dave Chappelle, was performing in Dubai with Donnell Rawlings and other American comedians.  The show will be on Comedy Central HD, which is component of Viacom International Media Networks and will be featured in 10 30 minute shows each episodes with 3 comedians per show.

Performers include Hashem El Garhy, Yaser Al Bakr, Wissam Kamal, as well as Ali Al Sayed’s wife Mina. Most of their material will be created fresh for the show.

The show is part of Comedy Central’s vow to establish the regional stand-up  and bring local Arabic content into Comedy Central Programming as they work closely with Middle Eastern comedy clubs.

These comedians are very excited  “I can honestly say the show is going to exceed everybody’s expectations. It is a dream to work with Comedy Central,” said Ali Al Sayed. “Everybody is exchanging numbers and inviting each other to perform in their cities; a new community is being built off the back of this show. The experience has been a blast. This is what Comedy Central does, they make comedy work.”

Added Saudi comedian Talal Al Sheikhi: “I’m very optimistic that the show will introduce amazing talents to the audience. For me, it’s a new experience. Comedy Central is always one step ahead of everybody in comedy and never settles for less than the best, which is always exciting.”

And fellow Saudi comedian Yaser Al Bakr said: “The new show on Comedy Central is so exciting. Seeing comedians perform and stay true to their voice, culture and generation makes the show totally unique. I’m a big fan of Comedy Central and it was kind of a dream come true to be on the Comedy Central Presents show. It is a catalyst for change in comedy, continuously introducing new formats, shows and stars; content that gives inspiration to all comedians.”

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