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10 May 2024 to 16 Jun 2024
1 Jun 2024 to 3 Aug 2024
6 Jun 2024 to 22 Jun 2024
Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to Saturday, November 10, 2018
The Junction
Alserkal Avenue
Al Quoz
United Arab Emirates
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Short+Sweet Comedy Dubai 2018

Short+Sweet Comedy Festival 2018

Following on from a successful debut in 2017 breaking all prior records in the Middle East, the second Short+Sweet Comedy Festival will be held at the home of Short+Sweet in Dubai, The Junction. Bigger & Better than ever before. The Region's Largest Comedy Festival that kickstarted many a comedy careers is back with a bang. The funniest battle you will ever see on stage!

All comics are welcome irrespective of their nationalities. There are separate heats for regional language comics - Arabic, Hindi & Urdu - so you are welcome to enter no matter what language you speak. Also comics may perform in two different languages if you're game. So what are you waiting for.....?

First Timers are more than welcome. Looking for a new way to disappoint your parents? Try your hand at Comedy. 

Registrations: To register for the Festival just click HERE.


1) "Get Wit it" Comedy Workshop for Participating Comedians by seasoned comedian Adnan Nalwala
(First 30 Registrations get a 15% Discount to the workshop.)
Adnan Nalwala - one of the most energetic and entertaining stand up comedian in the Indian comedy circuit for a unique workshop on comedy! Adnan has a wide experience in performing comedy shows in India, Middle East & USA. He has performed alongside Vir Das to an audience of 1200 people. He has performed in over 300 shows internationally. Adnan will share tools and techniques on how to improve your delivery on stage. You will learn how to make your own thoughts and stories hilarious and thus become the star of a party. 
Time: 4:30pm - 7:00pm, 
Date: Fri, 26th Oct 2018

2) The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Participating Comedians 
(First 30 Registrations / 8 Teams):
RushAWay & Gargash in association with Comic On Nights Presents The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Comedians. Contesting teams of 4 members will drive around the city in a Mercedes-Benz, tackling 7 unique challenges. In their endeavor, teams will test their mental and physical fitness, quick thinking and camaraderie, all while having a blast! 100 teams will compete to conquer 7 challenges in style, to win the grand prize a - Mercedes-Benz - SUV! First 30 people to register to the Short & Sweet Comedy Festival get a direct spot in the Mercedes-Benz Challenge as 8 teams. T&C's Apply.
Date: Fri, 2nd Nov 2018
Winning Prize. Mercedes-Benz SUV.

3) Portfolio Photoshoot for Participating Comedians 
(First 30 Registrations):
The Black Canvas in association with Comic On Nights give the first 30 people to register to the Short & Sweet Comedy Festival 2018 an all expense paid professional portfolio photo shoot. 
Date: TBA

4) Preliminary Rounds - Regional Category (Arabic/Hindi/Urdu):
8:00pm Onwards, Wed 7th Nov 2018
First Half Arabic 
Second Half Hindi/Urdu

5) Preliminary Rounds - International Category (English):
8:00pm Onwards, Thu 8th Nov 2018
2:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018
4:00pm Onwards, Sat 10th Nov 2018

6) Special Shows:
4:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018
8:00pm Onwards, Fri 9th Nov 2018

7) Gala Finale - International Category: 
8:00pm Onwards, Saturday 10th Nov 2018

The Junction Theatre, Unit H72, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai. 
Google Maps: https://goo.gl/maps/8ASdkTS1XXn
Directions: http://www.thejunctiondubai.com/contact 
Phone: +971 4 3388 525

Tickets: www.platinumlist.net
(Please Note: Only participants performing in a specific session receive free entry to that session. Everyone else must purchase a ticket.)

15+ Anonymous Judges from various creative fields. Each a star in their respective fields will be judging the comedians based on their writing, originality, performance, style etc. 

Plus an International Comedian will be judging the Gala Finale.

Festival Director:
Pawan Manghnani

Registrations:  To register for the Festival just click HERE.
(Link goes live at 12:00 Noon, 15th Oct 2018)

All content must be original.
Local laws & sensitivities must be respected.
Each comedian will get only 1 slot (in up to two languages) in the preliminary round.
Only Comedians participating in the Preliminary Rounds - Regional Category will get another slot to perform in the Preliminary Rounds - International Category if they wish to perform twice.
Acts could be Stand-Up, Improv', Sketch, Play, Poetry, Musical, Parody, 2 Person or Group Act, but has to be from the Comedy Genre Only. 
First Timer: Min 2 Minutes & Max 3 Mins Set each.
Regular Comics: Min 4 Minutes & Max 5 Minutes each
18 finalists to be chosen from the preliminary rounds.
Finalists can repeat the same set for the finale or do a completely different act.
Rules & Regulations are subject to change without prior notice.
The Venue & Organizers reserve their rights as final say in case of any dispute or cheating on part of the performer(s).
Judges Choice(s) will be final.

Categories for Winners:
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - Regional Category
Judge's Choice 1st Runner Up - Regional Category
Judge's Choice 2nd Runner Up - Regional Category
People's Choice Overall Winner - Regional Category
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - International Category
Judge's Choice 1st Runner Up - International Category
Judge's Choice 2nd Runner Up - International Category
People's Choice Overall Winner - International Category
Judge's Choice Overall Winner - Non-StandUp Category
Best Joke of the Night. (For each preliminary round)
Best Joke of the Night (For Gala Finale)
Special Prizes for all Finalists.
Special Prizes for all Winners.

RSVP to the event page for regular updates: http://tiny.cc/ShortSweetComedyFest

If you are interested to sponsor the event, email the festival director pawan.manghnani@gmail.com & comiconnights@gmail.com to get more details on how to get on board!


For more information contact the Festival Director Pawan Manghnani on +971 55 540 6936 or email Pawan.Manghnani@Gmail.com

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