Short+Sweet Comedy 2018

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15 Oct - 10 Nov 2018

reviews (14)

out of 5
Very good
Nov 12, 2018
Great line up
Nov 12, 2018
All the comedians were great. The host of the show was pretty cringe worthy but all the other artists and comedians were great.
Nov 12, 2018
Artists and performances.
Nov 12, 2018
Good performances by all


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Short + Sweet Comedy Festival 2018

Following on from a successful debut in 2017 breaking all prior records in the Middle East with 53 comedians from 13 nationalities performing 58 acts over 3 days. 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 with over 90+ participants this year!

All comics are welcome irrespective of their nationalities. There are separate heats for regional language comics - Arabic, Hindi & Urdu - so you are welcome to perform in two different languages if you're game. So what are you waiting for.....?

First Timers are encouraged to participate. Looking for a new way to disappoint your parents? Try your hand at Comedy.


1) "Get Wit it" Comedy Workshop for Participating Comedians by seasoned comedian Adnan Nalwala.
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
Price: AED275/- Per Head (Participants of Short & Sweet Comedy Festival 2018 get a 15% Discount to the workshop.)
For Registration: or call 04-3388525

2) The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Participating Comedians
(First 32 Registrations / 8 Teams):
Rush-A-Way & Gargash in association with Comic On Nights Presents The Mercedes Benz Challenge for Comedians. 8 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! A total of 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 free spot in the Mercedes-Benz Challenge as 8 teams. T&C's Apply.
Time: 8:00am - 3:00pm
Date: Fri, 2nd Nov 2018
Price: Free for first 32 registrations.
Winning Prize: Mercedes-Benz SUV.

3) Preliminary Rounds - International Category (English):
Show Time: 8:00pm, Wed 7th Nov 2018
Show Time: 8:00pm, Thu 8th Nov 2018
Show Time: 2:00pm, Fri 9th Nov 2018

4) Celebrity Show Night:
Comic On Nights ft. Shadows by Daniel Fernandes
Brought to you by: The Junction & Aish Outt
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
Date: Fri 9th Nov 2018

5) Regional Category Round (Arabic / Hindi / Urdu):
First Half Arabic
Second Half Hindi/Urdu
Show Time: 4:00pm
Date: Sat, 10th Nov 2018

6) Red Carpet Gala Finale - International Category:
Dress Code: Formals
Doors Open: 7:00pm
Show Time: 8:00pm
Date: Sat, 10th Nov 2018
Gala Finale will continue with an awards night starting at 10:30pm

7) Portfolio Photoshoot for all 18 finalists & Winners:
The Black Canvas, Aish Outt & Filmania Studios Dubai gift all finalists a professional portfolio photo shoot.
Date: TBA

The Junction, Unit H72, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai.
Google Maps:
Phone: +971 4 3388 525

15+ Anonymous Judges from various creative fields, each a star in their respective fields, will be judging the comedians based on their comedic skills including but not limited to writing, originality, performance, delivery, style etc.

Plus, Celebrity Comic Daniel Fernandes will be judging the Gala Finale.

Festival Director:
Pawan Manghnani

All content must be original.
Local laws & sensitivities must be respected.
Performing Comedians Pre-Registration is 1 hour before showtime by default.
Each comedian will get only 1 slot in the preliminary round in the International Category.
Only Comedians participating in the Regional Category Round will get another slot to perform in the Preliminary Rounds - International Category if they wish to perform twice. So each comedian can perform in a maximum of 2 languages.
90% of your set in the regional category round can be in the regional language you registered for. 10% can be in English or any other language as creative liberty.
The results of the regional category round will be announced right after the show, but the awards will be presented alongwith all the other awards after the Gala Finale.
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 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)

Portfolio Shoot & Special Prizes for all Finalists.
Portfolio Shoot & Special Prizes for all Winners.

Registrations (Close on Sat 3rd Oct 2018 Midnight):

RSVP / Event Details:

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

If you are interested to sponsor the event, email the festival director & to get more details on how to get on board!


Event ended

15 Oct - 10 Nov 2018