On Wednesday, standup comedy night One Night Standup treated the summer stay-backs to a season kick-off show at the 1UP Champion's Bar. The bar itself had been refitted somewhat since I last saw it, and was thronged with fans of local standup.
Writer and emcee Hisham Wyne, who started the series back in February 2012, hosted the free-entry event at the popular TECOM watering hole.
(clockwise from top left) Rami Salame; Salman Qureshi; Omar Shams; Omar Kazim
Local comedians were out in force, including a couple I hadn't seen in a while. Many were evidently trying out new stuff -- expected, I suppose, given that the usual summer slowdown was exacerbated by a couple of months' additional hiatus for ONSU, and the folding-up of another amateur standup night. The audience also seemed particularly predisposed to participation, which helped make it an entertaining event, and one that will only get better as bits get refined in the coming season's performances.