Comedy carnival set to thrill DSF 2013

Updated 14 January 2013
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Comedy carnival set to thrill DSF 2013

Famous comedians such as American Michael Winslow, who’s billed as “the man of 10,000 sound effects,” and Arab-American Dean Obeidallah and Aron Kader from the acclaimed Axis of Evil comedy tour will bring in the laughs to Dubai next week as part of the ongoing Dubai Shopping Festival (DSF 2013).
They will be joined by Dubai’s ‘first lady of comedy’, Mina Liccione from Jan. 22-26 at the first ever Dubai International Comedy Carnival at the Dubai Festival City. The event will bring together stand ups from the United States and the Middle East. “The carnival will feature some well-known international and regional comedians performing in Dubai,” Ali Al-Sayed, the founder and CEO of Dubomedy Arts, the organizers of the even, was quoted as saying in the local media.
Al-Sayed will also perform along with his wife and company co-founder, Liccione. Other funny men who will participate in the carnival include: Amro Qatamesh, Nemr Abou Nasser, Thamer Al-Hamzi and Bader Saleh.
Apart from stand-up comedy, the carnival will also feature a GCC break dance competition, a rock music competition for schools and performances by local bands, a make-your-own film competition and an amateur stand-up competition.


UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

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UK slams Russian pranksters over Boris Johnson ‘Armenia’ call

LONDON: Britain’s Foreign Office on Thursday criticized “childish” Russian pranksters who phoned Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson posing as the leader of Armenia.
The Guardian newspaper said that Johnson was called by Alexei Stolyarov and Vladimir Kuznetsov, known as Lexus and Vovan.
One pretended to be new Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinian, and the newspaper said that Johnson spoke to them for 18 minutes, discussing topics including the poisoning of ex-spy Sergei Skripal.
A recording of the call, said to have taken place last week, was posted on YouTube.
In the recording, Johnson says Britain is “almost 100 percent sure” President Vladimir Putin’s Kremlin ordered the attack on Skripal and his daughter Yulia. Moscow denies involvement in the incident, which has sparked a crisis in UK-Russia relations.
Johnson is also heard lamenting the poor state of UK relations with Russia, saying Moscow seems “unable to resist malign activity of one kind or another.”
The Foreign Office said Johnson “realized it was a hoax, and ended the call. We checked it out and knew immediately it was a prank call.”
“The use of chemical weapons in Salisbury and Syria and recent events in Armenia are serious matters,” it said in a statement. “These childish actions show the lack of seriousness of the caller and those behind him.”
Prime Minister Theresa May’s office said “obviously this shouldn’t have happened,” and announced there would be a government investigation into how the hoaxers got through to Johnson.
Britain suspects the comedy duo have backing from the Kremlin.
Stolyarov and Kuznetsov, who have fooled high-profile victims around the world, have denied links to Russia’s security services. In 2015, they phoned Elton John pretending to be Russian President Vladimir Putin, who had criticized the leader.