Get ready for endless laughs, as the much-awaited Dubai Comedy Festival has now revealed its first set of headliners which is set to take place across multiple hotspots, including Coca-Cola Arena, The Agenda, The Theater MOE, and more from May 12th to 22nd.

Produced by BRAG, Live Nation, and DXB Live and presented by Dubai Calendar, part of Dubai’s Department of Economy and Tourism, Dubai Comedy Festival is ready to treat the city to a healthy dose of comedic relief, with a star-studded line-up of international and local talent.

Featuring some of the planet’s funniest men and women, Josh Widdecombe, Vir Das, Jo Koy, Gad Elmaleh, and Russell Peters – Dubai Comedy Festival will unleash 11 full days of hilarious stand-up sets, unforgettable shows, and, of course, non-stop laughs.


After selling out The Coca Cola Arena earlier this month, global comedy superstar Russell Peters is coming back to Dubai to launch the Dubai Comedy Festival on May 12th at The Agenda. This special return engagement of his wildly popular Act Your Age World Tour also features opening act Alingon Mitra and DJ Starting From Scratch. Don’t miss out on seeing Russell this time around and get your tickets early! This show will be sold-out!


With back-to-back achievements highlighting his ever-growing comedy career, Vir Das has exponentially built himself as an unmatchable Indian comedian in the international markets. Year after year, with achievements including major Netflix specials, international tours, international projects, Vir Das has become a name synonymous with the brand of Indian comedy that is scaling global heights. Renowned as India’s Highest selling comedian, VIR DAS is back! After a world tour, a Netflix special and an American comedy series, the comedian is now working on something…SPECIAL. This show is brought to you by XPRNC in partnership with Dubai Comedy Festival.


May 14th at Coca-Cola Arena (English language show)


As one of today’s premiere stand-up comedians, Jo Koy has come a long way producing uniquely relatable comedy pulls inspired from his colourful family. Due to overwhelming demand, Koy will bring his Funny Is Funny World Tour to Dubai this year for just one-night. From impersonations to stand-up, Jo Koy – inspired by his life experiences – is guaranteed to deliver a night of entertainment. This show is brought to you by Blu Blood Group in partnership with Dubai Comedy Festival.


The guy everyone can do an impression of is back with a brand-new stand-up tour. A show that will change your life and how you perceive your place in the world. Bit much? Fine, it’ll be a very funny night of grumbles and jokes in which Josh will finally tackle the hot comedy topics of advent calendars, pesto, and the closing time of his local park. This show is brought to you by GME Events  in partnership with Dubai Comedy Festival.


Gad Elmaleh is a French-Moroccan stand-up comedian and actor who has achieved widespread notoriety globally. Seven years after his show “Sans Tambour” and an international tour over 15 countries, Gad Elmaleh will perform at Dubai Comedy Festival for an exclusive show. A great opportunity to immerse you in a show mixing stand-up and characters. After two sold out shows, Gad Elmaleh is returning for the third-time to Dubai Comedy Festival with a new one-man show: “D’AILLEURS”.


The Laughter Factory is the Middle East’s longest-running comedy night, proudly making the GCC laugh since 1997, and hosts a fresh bill of three top professional comedians every month. With a reputation for quality and a sharp eye for talent, The Laughter Factory has showcased reams of A-list comics on their way to superstardom. At the Dubai Comedy Festival, they would be welcoming renowned artists in two show sets. One with Ger Staunton, John Fothergill, and Aurie Styla from May 13-17, and another featuring Ali Sultan, Corey Rodrigues, and Daisy Earl from May 18-22.