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Short+Sweet Comedy Festival
7 November 2018 - 10 November 2018[See the entry for prices]
A free-to-enter comedy competition in the classic Short+Sweet format, following on from its successful debut in 2017.
All comics are welcome irrespective of nationality and experience. There are separate heats for regional languages – Arabic, Hindi and Urdu – and comics may perform in two different languages. Each performer can do one or two performances; pairs and groups can enter; and just about any type of comedy is acceptable – standup, sketches and plays, musical parodies, improv etc. For first-timers the routine should be between two and three minutes; for experienced performers, it’s four to five minutes.
Comics are assigned a slot in one of the preliminary rounds on 7 to 10 November; the finalists selected by the independent jury get to perform in the Gala Finale on 10 November.
|Preliminary rounds – Regional category (Arabic/Hindi/Urdu):||7 Nov 8-10pm|
|Preliminary rounds – International category (English):||8 Nov 8-10pm|
|9 Nov 2-4pm|
|10 Nov 4-6pm|
|Gala Finale:||10 Nov 8-11pm|
You think that sounds complicated? There are also two ‘Special Shows’ at 4pm and 8pm on 9 November.
The Gala Finale includes the prize distribution. There are several on offer:
People’s Choice Overall Winner – Regional Category
Judge’s Choice Overall Winner – Regional Category
Judge’s Choice 1st Runner Up – Regional Category
Judge’s Choice 2nd Runner Up – 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)
And if that wasn’t enough, there are ‘Special Prizes’ for all finalists and for all winners.
Anyone participating in a specific session gets free entry to that session; everyone else must purchase a ticket. To watch the preliminary sessions will cost you AED 29 to 59 depending on your seat, the same prices apply to the Special Shows, and the Gala Final show is AED 75-125.