On November 8, 2012, Carnegie Mellon Qatar will host Stand Up Comedy Qatar’s Comedy Showdown.
The event, which is open to the public, will feature two teams of comedians – one comprises expats, the other Qataris, including Carnegie Mellon Qatar alum, Mohammed Fahad Kamal.
Kamal is the first Qatari stand up comedian.
Commenting on being back at Carnegie Mellon having just graduated in the spring, Kamal said, “It feels wonderful, I cannot wait to go on stage and perform for the community that I love so dearly. I just hope that my professors can understand that I used my business degree from CMU to become a successful comedian.”
Stand Up Comedy Qatar (SUCQ) is a coalition of stand up comedians living in Qatar who promote stand up comedy in the region by supporting and developing up-and-coming comedians and hosting regular events and tours.
SUCQ began in 2010 with five or six amateur comedians, but it now includes at least 15 regulars. Their long-term goal is to establish a successful and well-recognized yearly regional comedy festival.
Doha Comedy Festival 2012 will start with the event at Carnegie Mellon Qatar. SUCQ will then host two other events in November, as well as a comedy workshop open to the public that will explain the structure of comedy and the science behind it.
The Comedy Showdown’s aim is to bring together Qatar’s different communities – both nationals and expatriates – to encourage understanding by breaking down cultural barriers through laughter.
The event begins at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. Tickets (QR50) are available at http://cmuqcomedy8nov.eventbrite.com/.