By Mudassir Raja
This summer is full of fun and entertainment in Qatar. Qatar National Tourism Council (QNTC) through Summer in Qatar campaign introduces a wide range of exciting indoor and outdoor experiences, along with entertainment programmes featuring local, regional and international artistes, edutainment, summer and sports camps as well as special promotions on inbound travel, hospitality and shopping.
One of the most exciting aspects of the Sumer in Qatar campaign is Doha Comedy Festival that promises to bring top international comedians to Qatar this summer. It is time to laugh off the hot days as the multicultural audience gets a chance to taste international comedy.
Trevor Noah, a world-renowned South African comedian, is all set to have Doha audiences in stitches tomorrow (Friday) at Qatar National Convention Center (QNCC). Noah’s show is a part of ongoing Doha Comedy Festival organised by the Social Studio, and supported by QNTC.
According to the organisers, the gates for the audience will open at 7pm and the show will start at 8pm and will last until 11pm. Noah is returning to Doha’s stage after a sold-out performance in 2017.
The comedy festival also includes performances by other international comedians in August. Combining the east and west are; Omid Djalili, a British-Iranian comedian; Nemr, a Lebanese-American performer; and Qatar’s own Hamad al-Amari. The artistes will perform at QNCC on 15th of the next month.
The 35-year-old Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host.
He is known for hosting The Daily Show, an American satirical news programme on Comedy Central TV channel.
Born in Johannesburg, Noah began his career as a comedian, presenter, and actor in South Africa in 2002 when he was only 18. He held several television hosting roles with the South African Broadcasting Corporation, and was the runner-up in their fourth season of Strictly Come Dancing show in 2008.
From 2010 to 2011, he was the creator and host of Tonight with Trevor Noah on M-Net and DStv. His stand-up comedy career attained international success, leading to appearances on American late-night talk shows and British panel shows.
In 2014, Noah became the senior international correspondent for The Daily Show, and the following year, he succeeded long-time host Jon Stewart and is set to remain in the position until 2022.
Noah’s autobiographical comedy book Born a Crime was published in 2016 and garnered critical acclaim. He was named one of ‘The 35 Most Powerful People in New York Media’ by The Hollywood Reporter in 2017 and 2018. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Though Noah will perform in English and will share his jokes, comments and satire covering international social and political issues, the South African expatriate community is very excited to have one of their compatriots – a celebrity – coming to Doha.
Sharing his views on the upcoming show, Faizel Moosa, ambassador of South Africa to Qatar said: “Trevor Noah is a true son of the African soil. He represents what our founding father Nelson Mandela termed the ‘Rainbow Nation’. As you are aware that Noah’s show is sold out and South Africans in Doha are still looking for tickets to his show. It’s because Noah is now an international superstar and the whole world knows him and wants to hear his comedy and satire about real world politics. He makes us see the funny side and also at times how ridiculous and obscure real world politics are. This allows us to have a good laugh about ourselves.
“Many South African community members in Doha have asked me if I am hosting him because they want to meet him and that’s how much South Africa revers him.
“My wife and I are looking forward to attending this comedy show of Noah and to meet him for the first time. He is a proud South African legend and amongst the best in the world.”
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