Stand-up comedy is a style of comedy where the performer speaks directly to the audience, with the absence of the theatrical fourth wall. A person who performs stand-up comedy is known as a stand-up comic, stand-up comedian or more informally stand up. It is usually performed by a single comedian, with the aid of a hand-held microphone. Z`
The comedian usually recites a fast-paced succession of humorous stories, short jokes, and one - liners, which comprise what is typically called a monologue, routine or act. Stand-up comedy is often performed in comedy clubs, bars, colleges and theaters. Many smaller venues hold “open mic" events, where amateur comedians perform comedy before a live audience, offering a way for such performers to hone their craft and possibly break into the business.
Stand up comedy is a very famous act abroad, especially in the USA. As Egyptians we used to have a lot of stand up comedians in the early 40s and 50s, some were “Tholathy 2adwa2 el Masra7”, whom performed many stand up comedies. Also “Shokooko” was also another pioneer. Lately though, stand up comedy has become a trend long loved by the Egyptians, which started off by the “Axis of Evil” tour. “Benchmark” is the pioneer in bringing standup comedy to Egypt, and was the 1st to introduce such act in 2007.
The astounding success of the events held have been instrumental in pushing the company to continue to bring international comedians to the region as well as developing local talents.
In Egypt, Benchmark has brought in the “Axis of Evil” in Nov 2007,“Maz, Ahmed & Friends” in May 2008 “Arabs gone wild” in Nov 2008 with plans to continue to have 3-4 events per year.
The only 3 major events in Egypt were organized by Benchmark and have attracted audiences of more than 15,000 people creating a huge buzz around standup comedy.
After the huge success of Stand up comedy in Egypt, “ComedyBox” became a division/brand created and owned by Benchmark, which is solely devoted to organizing and promoting comedy events.
The vision for “ComedyBox” is to make the name synonymous with outstanding comedy events in Egypt and eventually, the Middle East. It also represents a commitment to establish and strengthen a new dimension to the Egyptian comedy scene.
EGYPT'S 1ST COMEDY RUMBLE.
This show will be held at the Cairo International Conference Center (CICC, Cheops Hall).
Featuring: Ahmed Ahmed, Maz Jobrani, Ted Alexandro, Angelo Tsarouchas, Akram Hosny (aka Sayed Abu Hafiza), George Azmy, as well as new talents Moataz Attalah and Sherif Azab. Join us for over 2 hours of non-stop laughter.