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Karachi Laughter Fest 2019

10th – 20th January 2019

The Karachi Laughter Fest 2019 brings together the various forms of comic performance in one hilarious festival. This year we present five plays directed by NAPA graduates along with a performance developed by Italian director Marco Luly. The recent explosive growth of stand-up comedy in Karachi is acknowledged in three performances as well as a delightful performance of some comic Dastangoi.

Haye Mohabbat

10th & 11th January
Directed By: Uzma Sabeen

Kashi is over forty but still hopes that he will find the love of his life. He gives himself a last chance at romance by dialing a random number, and reaches neelofar, in her late thirties, who is desperately looking for her Prince Charming. She tries to convince him that they are made for each othr, as their romance takes hay wire twists and turns.

Cast:

Neelofar Zarqa Naz
Kashi Samhan Ghazi
Amma/Billo Baji Shumaila Taj
Mamoo/Naukar Hammad Khan

Dastan ki aik Shaam

12th January
Directed By: Zain Nazar

Dastan ki aik Sham is a performance of comic short stories and essays by some of the greatest Urdu writers, performed by alumni of NAPA’s Dastangoi project, alongside NAPA graduates. It is a joint collaboration between Society for Music and Repertory Theatre (SMART) at NAPA.

Cast:

Qadeer Ahmed
Muhammad Shafique
Riaz Baloch
Hasnain Raza
Uzair Mehmood
Aqeel Ahmed
Meesam Naqvi
Nazr ul Hasan

An Evening Of Commedia Dell’ Arte

12th January
Directed By: Marco Luly

An evening of devised scenes and skits based on Italian comic performance style of Commedia dell’Arte directed by Marco Luly and performed by students and graduates of the National Academy of Performing Arts.

Cast:

Hammad Khan
Vajdan Shah
Aqeel Ahmed
Danish Irshad
Bani Mirza
Umer Chaudry
Umair Rafique
Ibad Alam Sher
Haris Khan
Umer Iqbal
Taha Khan
Sabiha Zia
Farooq Haider

The Sequel-Don’t Laugh I’m Serious

13th January
Directed By: Faheem Azam

Don’t laugh, I’m serious is a stand-up comedy performance highlighting the hypocritical behavior of various segments of Pakistani people.

Performer:

Faheem Azam
Kashif Shehzad
Saad Guraya
Namrah Sikandar
Kinza Mujeeb

Biwi Ho Tou Apni

13th & 14th January
Directed By: Aisha Hasan

Saleem is fifty years old, lives with his servant Shakoor, and has affair with the wives of his friends Farooq and Manzoor. He decides to marry fifteen-year-old Amina and embark on a happy married life. Unfortunately, things go wrong when Amina ‘s parents, Mr. Mrs. Abdul Qudoos decide to live with their daughter, and Saleem starts having a difficult time living with his own wife!

Cast:

Saleem Farhan Alam
Mr. Qudoos Samhan Ghazi
Manzoor Hassan Raza
Amina Chand Bawani
Mrs. Qudoos Hina Rizvi
Shakoor Umer Iqbal
Farooq Saad Zameer

Aar Paar

15th & 16th January
Directed By: Rauf Afridi

Aar Paar is a classic madcap farce with a plot whose only purpose is to pile on the misunderstandings, mistaken identities, and pratfalls, and with it the laughs. The action is swift, the situations are involved, and the pilot is rib-tickling, leaving audiences as exhausted from laughter as if they have just run a marathon.

Cast:

Faqeer Tundro Ahmer Hussain
Hammad Hammad Khan
Mamoo Hammad Siddiq
Miss Tehzeeb Fajr Sheikh
Leelo Gujjar Aqeel Ahmed
Abeera Abeera Pervaiz
Police Wala Usman Javed
Terrorist Muhammad Affan
Kinza Tehreem Shafiq

Ghanchakkar

17th & 18th January
Directed By: S.M Jameel

Ghanchakkar is a farce of mistaken identities and small lies that balloon in to big confusions. A couple of friends, a job that is not what it seems, a wife and a beautiful model set uo the confusion that must be resolved to retain the job, save the marriage and achieve a happy ending.

Cast:

Faisal Hammad Siddiq
Mansoor Hassan Raza
Komal Shabana
Tina Najma Kifayat
Mr. Irani Farhan Alam
Justice Khan Kaneez Fatima

Fil Badi Full Masti

19th January
Directed By: Hassan Bin Shaheen

It is Qaumi Coup’s improv show featuring some of improv’s most popular games and formats.

Performer:

Usman Mazhar
Hassan Bin Shaheen
Babar Jafree
Bassam Shazli
Layla Hussain Ansari
Marium Paracha

Jungle Mein Mangal Bazaar

19th & 20th January
Directed By: Meesam Naqvi

A hilarious and critically acclaimed political farce centres on direct action by housewives against inflationary supermarket prices and struggles of their husbands who face unemployment and political crisis.

Cast:

Zameer Shah, Wakeel Shah, Tabut Wala, Abbu Nazr ul Hasan
Shehla Shabana Hassan
Daniyal Mujtaba Rizvi
Kiran Kiran Siddiqui
Umair Kashif Hussain

Socho Tou Sahi

20th January
Directed By: Usman Mazhar

Whether you are looking for chuckles, giggles or guffaws, we have got you covered! The material for the show revolves around the pop culture of Pakistan, personal stories and nostalgia.

Performer:

Usman Mazhar
Hassan Bin Shaheen
Kinza Mujeeb
Ali Abdullah

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