The Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Club

The Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Club is a Los Angeles and Beirut based brand which brings U.S. comedians to cities where they do not have comedy clubs yet. It was launched by co-founders Ron Senkowski and Samira Kawas in April 2018.[1]


The first stand-up comedy event was held in Beirut at the St. Georges Yacht Club.[1] After a year of shows in Beirut, the company expanded to Saudi Arabia by bringing six U.S.-based comedians to perform during the first ever Jeddah Season in June 2019.[2][3] After this, the company has produced Maz Jobrani's Middle Eastern Peaceful Warrior tour and events in Bahrain, Dubai, Oman, Jordan, Kuwait, Doha, Riyadh, and Jeddah.[4] At the 2019 inaugural edition of Riyadh Season, the team brought Eddie Griffin to perform for two nights in the Boulevard zone.[5]

Events (2018–present)Edit

Comedians Date Year City Country Note
Harland Williams, Jade Catta-Preta, Jamie Kennedy, Skyler Stone April 23–26 2018 Beirut Lebanon [6]
Amir K, Byron Bowers, Jessimae Peluso, Skyler Stone July 20–22 2018 Beirut Lebanon [7]
Bret Ernst, Chinedu Unaka, Crystal Marie Denha, Justin Martindale November 30 – December 1 2018 Beirut Lebanon [8]
Kate Quiqley, Rene Vaca, Tehran June 6–7 2019 Beirut Lebanon [7]
Dean Edwards, Godfrey, Harland Williams, Pauly Shore, Pete Lee, Vincent O'Shana 2019 Jeddah Saudi Arabia [3]
Eddie Griffin 2019 Riyadh Saudi Arabia [5]
Ahmed Ahmed, Jason Collings, Reem Edan 2019 Manama Bahrain [9]
Maz Jobrani "Peaceful Warrior" Tour 2019 Kuwait






Max Amini January 19 2020 Manama Bahrain [10]


  1. ^ a b "NAYA | Samira Kawas: Beirut, LA, and everywhere in between – TK Maloy". An-Nahar. 2018-08-27. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  2. ^ "Hollywood Pop-Up Comedy Club: Hitting the Laugh O' Meter – Rana Tabbara". An-Nahar. 2018-12-03. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  3. ^ a b "Hollywood Pop-up Comedy Club lights up Jeddah Season". Al Bilad English Daily. 2019-08-04. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  4. ^ a b "'In the Middle East God is God and in America, the advertiser is God,' comedian Maz Jobrani on censorship". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  5. ^ a b "Laughter wins out on Riyadh's 'beautiful night for comedy'". Arab News. 2019-12-16. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  6. ^ Chlink, Wadih. "Beirut welcomes the Hollywood Pop-Up Comedy Club | Lebanon Events!". Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  7. ^ a b "Hollywood Pop-Up Comedy Club: A summer's night dream – TK Maloy". An-Nahar. 2019-05-31. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  8. ^ "Crystal Marie Denha". IMDb. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  9. ^ "Hollywood Pop Up Comedy Club coming to Bahrain". Time Out Bahrain. 2019-09-29. Retrieved 2020-03-08.
  10. ^ "Stand-up to the Max : Gulf Weekly Online". Retrieved 2020-03-08.

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