“2017 Funny Women Awards Regional Finalist and 2017 So You Think You’re Funny finalist Esther Manito has another honour to add to her growing list of accolades, in July the Anglo-Lebanese comedian will be the first woman comedian to perform at the Dubai Opera House as part of Arts Canteen’s Arabs Are Not Funny night. We caught up with Esther before she jetted off to carve a path for women comedians in the United Arab Emirates…”

I feel excited to have been the first comic at the Opera House. I always adapt my material according to my audience, but I love playing to an audience that I know will get my [Arabic] cultural references.

I do feel honoured that in the future my kids will be able to say “Mum was the first female comic to perform at Dubai opera house…she is so mortifying.”

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