Haboubs and Laloos comedy show coming to Vanier College
Haboubs and Laloos – For an evening of bilingual, multicultural comedy, don’t miss the 3rd annual Haboubs & Laloos comedy show on September 16, 7:30 p.m. (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) at the auditorium of Vanier College, located at 821 Ste. Croix in Ville St. Laurent.
The show is being independently produced, financed, marketed, publicized and staged by Emile Khoury and Dixit Patel, who work together at an Apple Store, who wanted to produce a show that would give up and coming comics the opportunity to perform on a larger stage in front of a sizeable crowd, and in turn, have more established comics the chance to perform in front of a diverse audience.
“Originally, Dixit approached me to help him produce short videos. I told him that videos would not cut it, and that it would be better if we produced live shows,” said Khoury, who also divides his time as a freelance publicist (most recently with this year’s 35th anniversary edition of the Just For Laughs festival). “When we presented the first Haboubs & Laloos show at the Patro Le Prevost venue on Christoph-Colmb, it attracted over 350 people; when he did the second show at Vanier, we attracted just as many people.”
Khoury added that the title of the show is reflective of their goal to produce multicultural comedy shows and their respective ethnic backgrounds (Khoury is Lebanese and Patel is Hindu). “Basically, ‘Haboubs & Laloos’ is the equivalent of the word ‘brother’,” he said.
And this year’s line-up is indicative of the multicultural nature of the Montreal comedy scene. It features veteran Anglo comic David Pryde (who was one of the highlights of this year’s Montreal: An Intervention Gala at Just For Laughs); Alexandre Douville (who was named as one of the revelations of this year’s Juste pour rire festival); and headliner Adib Alkhalidey, the Moroccan-born comic who is one of the hottest comedy stars on the Quebec comedy scene, and is about to embark on his second tour across the province called “Ingenu”.
Khoury mentioned that if this third edition of “Haboubs & Laloos” is just as successful as the previous two, he and Patel hope to stage more of these multicultural comedy shows more frequently. “At first we did them every six months; if we draw a large crowd to the third edition, we hope to have them every three to four months, and if that works out, every other month,” he said.
Tickets for the third Haboubs & Laloos comedy show on September 16 cost $20 each, and can be purchased in advance by going to https://squareup.com/store/haboubsandlaloos