Arab comics of the world united in laughter

Nemr Abou Nassar, Khaled Khalafalla and other Arab comics come together in Abu Dhabi this August with the sole intention of laughing away stereotypes.

The Australian-Egyptian comedian Khaled Khalafalla will perform in Abu Dhabi on August 28 and 29. Courtesy Andrew Taylor Management
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After the success of last year’s event, the United Nations of Comedy showcase returns with more laughs from some of the Arab world’s leading comics. On the bill this year are “Lebanon’s King of Comedy” Nemr Abou Nassar, the Australian-­Egyptian Khaled Khalafalla, the ­Palestinian-American Aron Kader, the ­Kuwait-born American Mo Amer, the Iranian Amir K and the US-based Sammy Obeid.

Nassar, a Beiruti with a degree in finance and philosophy, is full of observational barbs about growing up in the region. With four television specials behind him, he’s a seasoned hand, with material performed in English with a few Arabic terms thrown in.

The Australian-Egyptian comic ­Khalafalla, who is also making the journey to the capital, is a rising star in his homeland with regular performances at the ­Melbourne International Comedy Festival in addition to a stint in New York last year. A smooth and suave performer, he is sure to set the crowds cackling with his tales of childhood and about being an Arab Down Under.

• United Nations of Comedy II is on ­August 28 and 29 at Emirates ­Palace. Tickets on