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Arabs Are Not Funny!  
AWAN Edition
Friday 1 March at 9.30pm (Doors: 9pm)
Royal Albert Hall's Elgar Room, Lond
on SW7 2AP
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Join us at the Elgar Rooms for a special edition of our acclaimed comedy night with five female Arab comedians, as part of the Arab Woman Artist Now (AWAN) Festival 2024.


Farah Sharp English-Egyptian comedian based in London. She has performed around the UK as well as in Sydney, Australia. Her stand-up is a mix of quirky opinions and anecdotes, often based around her upbringing or relationships and what she has (or hasn’t!) learnt from them.

Isabelle Farah British-Lebanese comedian, writer, and actor. Isabelle has appeared on the BBC and CBS. As an actress, she’s worked in theatre all over the UK and in London’s West End.

Fatiha El-Ghorri  British-Moroccan writer, actor and regular on the UK comedy circuit. Her observational stand-up and wonderful witticism take you on a whirlwind journey that pulls apart and challenges Muslim stereotypes. When she is not doing stand-up, you may see Fatiha on your TV screens, including The Jonathan Ross Show and Russell Howard's Comedy Hour.

Fathiya Saleh Youth worker by day and comedian by night, North-West London comic with Somali-Yemeni roots, Fathiya shares the funny mishaps of what it’s like being Muslim and living in a Somali household. Fathiya's most recent appearance was on the BBC Asian Network comedy special

Lama Alfard A pioneer in stand up comedy in Saudi Arabia. She started doing stand up back in 2011 through an open mic contest against five other participants and won first place. During the same year, she opened for international comedians like Reggie Watts and Nemr Abou Nassar. She recently participated as a headliner of Riyadh Laughs Festival in 2023.

Esther Manito
Friday 8 March, 8pm
Rich Mix, London E1 6LA
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Join us for Esther Manito's greatest hits in a one-hour, one-off special at Rich Mix as part of AWAN Festival 2024.


Esther will take you through the rollercoaster that is family life, combining kids, a Lebanese dad, and a British husband with a very conservative mother-in-law. All of this is combined with the joys of being a woman in her 40s, living near the West Ham stadium, and losing her mind over a coat rack that is just too overloaded, and not just a metaphor...


As seen and heard on Live at the Apollo (BBC One), The Stand Up Sketch Show (ITV), Hypothetical (Dave), The Prank Podcast Show (4OD), The News Quiz (Radio 4) and Mark Watson Talks a Bit About Life (Radio 4).

★★★★ Evening Standard ★★★★ Funny Women ★★★★ The List ★★★★ EdFest Mag ‘Simply brilliant’ ★★★★ The Voice

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