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Saudi Comedy Tour in USA

"Sand Up Comedy" is a very special cultural exchange project that features five notable comedians from Saudi Arabia. The project will kick off this fall in Los Angeles with a full cultural exchange program with workshops. An entertainingly hilarious comedy tour will follow with 10 stand­up comedy performances in five US cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Miami, and New York. 

Packed with non­stop entertainment, the lineup boasts the incomparable talents of Saudi comedians including: Khalid KhalifaShakir SharifThamer AlhazmiYaser Bakr, and comedienne Lama Alfard

The shows will be hosted by US comedian Ahmed Ahmed and will also include special guests.


Workshops
Los Angeles, Nov 1st - 7th, 2016

Dates &  Cities

Los Angeles, Flappers Comedy Club [Special Guest Tom Green]  Sun 6th & Mon 7th, Nov 2016

San Francisco, TBC  Thu 10th & Fri 11th, Nov 2016

Chicago - Comedy Bar  Sun 13th & Mon 14th, Nov 2016

Miami - The Comedy Inn  Thu 17th & Fri 18th, Nov 2016

New York - Carolines on Broadway  Sun 20th & Mon 21st, Nov 2016


Media Relations
Please contact Keetria Garner-Chambers via email keetria [a] amworldgroup.com or phone: (310) 295-4150 for all media inquires. 

SAUDI COMEDIANS


Shakir Sharif

Born in 2/23/1985 Shakir Sharif started off as a regular script-writing on the hit Saudi YouTube sketch-show ‘Esh Elly’, but after working alongside a number of stand-up comedians on set, Shakir caught the comedy bug and was ready to try out stand-up comedy for himself. He started performing in the AlComedy Club (in Saudi) regularly, and soon after, appeared in the Dubai Arabic Comedy Nights Festival! Not only into stand-up, this funny man is also an amazing impressionist; Shaker’s wide-range of impressions covers famous actors all the way to lovable cartoon characters.

Lama Alfard


At 5 feet, Lama Alfard’s scorecard runs longer than her height! Started by entering an open-mic competition and winning 1st place, which gave Lama such a boost that 1 year hadn’t even passed until she was sharing the stage with the talented Reggie Watts in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia! Lama’s unique personality, impressive stride and mildly deadpan humor makes it impossible for anyone not to be drawn to her. In fact, while on holiday in Orlando, FL in 2013, Lama was eagerly welcomed to take the stage with the one and only ‘Fluffy Guy’ Gabriel Iglesias at the Orlando Improv. Lama’s also a scriptwriter and has a weekly podcast Fridays with Lama’an in which she talks about her point of view on rarely-discussed social topics.


Thamer Alhazmi


Born in Louisiana, U.S.A and raised in the Heart of England, U.K., AND coming from a traditional Bedouin family gives Thamer Alhazmi more material than most. For his debut in 2009, Thamer went up against dozens of Saudi-based comedians, and was nominated as the opening act for an impressive lineup of international comedians including Maz Jobrani and Ahmed Ahmed at the Italian Cultural Center⚊Saudi Arabia. He was also a part of the first Saudi standup comedy tour in the U.S. and the U.K. in 2013. Thamer enjoys exploring the provocative and pushing the envelope in his routine, and credits Dave Chappelle and Ricky Gervais as his inspirations.


Khalid Khalifa


Long before he was one of the comedians at the forefront of Saudi stand­up in 2008, Khalid Khalifa was already bringing the laughs to the stages of his home ­state of California, part of Laughs Unlimited, Sacramento back in 2001.

With over 80 standup comedy performances in Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and Bahrain among others in the region, fans all over kept coming back for more of Khalid’s hilariously identifiable comedy, that he opened for Maz Jobrani 6 times in Dubai, and the NorCal native opened for Ahmed Ahmed at the first ever standup comedy show in Yemen! Nowadays, Khalid’s focusing on his all­English podcast: The Karweeta Talk Show that targets an international audience to give an insight on Saudi­Life hacks and ideas.

Yaser Bakr


Discouraged by the market gap for stand-up comedy show and scarcity of comedy clubs in Saudi Arabia,Yaser Bakr set out to create the first comedy club in Saudi Arabia!

AlComedy Club (in Saudi Arabic) literally offered a regular platform for professional and amateur comedians, but Yaser’s consistent efforts in discovering and nurturing new talents, and in encouraging and supporting other comedians are what makes Yaser Bakr one of the grand patriarchs of Saudi comedy. On the outside, Yaser is that nice guy next door who lives with his wife and their (3?) kids, whom you’d never expect to leave you on the floor laughing! His satirical material is mostly inspired by his personal life, and one of his favorite things to do on stage is engaging with his audience on social antics.