The Cradle of Comedy reaches right inside Middle Eastern Culture in surprising ways, the series is not so much about the archaeology of jokes but about how humour can reveal the differences and similarities between cultures. Stand-up comedy may have been perfected in the United States and the UK, but a growing youth culture has taken it to heart and stand up is exploding across the Middle East. These gifted comedians have the desire to perform and bring humour to the world regardless of place and circumstance. By following these comedians through various performances in both Western countries and the Middle East, ‘The Cradle of Comedy’ illuminates the inherent humour associated with modern life in the Middle East. Raw, confronting, and hilarious performances from comedians trying to provide us with a new perspective on living in the Middle East.
Three Weeks: Guide to the Edinburgh Festival: 4/5