Netflix has announced four Middle East comedians as part of a global roster of participants in a new global comedy series et to go on air in 2019. Saudi Arabian comedians Ibraheem Alkhairallah and Moayad Alnefaie will join Arab performers Adi Khalefa from Palestine and Rawsan Hallak from Jordan, as part of Netflix’s stand-up comedy series premiering in 2019.
Ibraheem Alkhairallah was one of the first artists in Saudi Arabia to perform comedy, and has became known as the Godfather of stand-up. Moayad Alnefaie is a multi-talented Saudi comic who started his career on YouTube by creating two hit shows, “Khambalah” and “kees,” which garnered over 185 million views.
A total of 47 comedians from 13 regions will feature in the series. The roster of stand-up comedians will record at this year’s Just for Laughs from July 24 – July 29 in Montreal. In addition to recording at Just for Laughs, additional comedians will tape specials in São Paulo, Mexico City, Mumbai, Berlin and Amsterdam, with performer names to be announced at a later date.
Each comedian will perform a half-hour stand-up special and all episodes will be released at once. Based on media reports, the event series will feature a range of stand-up specials from comedians diverse in style, gender, and ethnicity and will tape in seven languages including French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Dutch, German and English.
Commenting on the vision behind a global comedy series, Lisa Nishimura, VP, Original Documentary and Comedy, Netflix said: “Few things are better than discovering a new comedian you love. With this event, we’re creating a true comedy festival experience for our members where they can scour the globe from home to find some of the freshest voices in comedy.”