New York, (PressExposure) December 02, 2008 -- Amman, Jordan -- The City of Amman announced today that all the shows in its upcoming inaugural Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival scheduled for December 2-5, 2008 have sold out. The Festival has been officially expanded to a fifth night to December 6 to accommodate the overwhelming demand however this extra show featuring Festival headliner Russell Peters also sold out in a few hours.
The Festival also announced today that in an effort to encourage more Jordanians to become involved in stand up comedy, the Festival will be holding a free stand up comedy workshop on Saturday, November 29 to be taught by well-known Arab-American comedians Dean Obeidallah and Aron Kader from the famed âAxis of Evilâ comedy tour. The workshop will be held at at 5:00 PM at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center in Amman. Immediately after the workshop, open auditions will be held searching for a few funny Jordanians to add to the line up for the upcoming Festival.
âWe are pleased that the Festival was met with such great enthusiasm from Jordan and all over the Middle East. We anticipated that this festival will increase tourist traffic to Amman during the month of December and from the positive indications it seems that might just be possible. The open call for auditions on November 29th, 2008 which will take place at the Al-Hussein Cultural Center, will also support our attempt at placing Jordan and its talent pool on the international map of comedy, as a number of Jordanian comics will appear in front of a judging panel to determine if they can be included in the Festival's lineup,â explained Mayor of Amman, Mr. Omar Maani.
The Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival is a not for profit Festival created by the City of Amman and marks the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East. It features over 20 comedians from the US, Canada, Australia and Arab world. It is produced in close association with the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival and the TV network Showtime Arabia.
The Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival is sponsored by: Platinum Sponsor: Showtime Arabia Gold Sponsors: Wi-tribe & Royal Jordanian Silver Sponsors: Nuqul Group, Nuqul Automotive, Limitless, & Grand Hyatt Amman Bronze Sponsors: Advize|Grey, Events AVP, Al-Qasr Metropole Hotel Media Sponsors: Hawa Amman 105.9, FrontRow Publishing (Living Well & Jordan Business, & Anty), Play 99.6 FM, Sunny 105.1 FM, & OmniaMedia.
Contact: Dean Obeidallah Deanofcomedy.com 338 E. 70th Street, Suite 3A New York, NY 10021 917 607 4047 Dean@deanofcomedy.com [http://www.ammancity.gov.jo/english/living/comedy.asp]