Netflix turns to stand-up comedy for first Middle East original
VOD News | On 11, Oct 2017
Netflix is teaming up with stand-up comedian Adel Karam in its first original production in the Middle East.
The streaming giant has ordered a new special from the Lebanese comedian and actor. The untitled show, produced by Creative Arab Talent, will see Adel tackle everything from relationships to social issues that most Arabs face everyday with his distinct blend of smart, sarcastic humour. He is going back to his hometown to record his performances, appearing at Beirut’s renowned Casino du Liban for the first time.
Netflix has rapidly become the home of stand-up comedy specials from some of the most popular comedians around the world. Now, Adel joins other notable comedy stars such as Gad Elmaleh and Beppe Grillo in Netflix’s effort to bring international talent to its global audience. Karam, a well-known actor and comedian, has appeared in several prominent late night shows, series and Lebanese movies, such as Caramel, directed by Nadine Labaki. His latest movie The Insult, directed by Ziad Doueri, premiered in the official competition of the Venice Film Festival.
“I am very happy and excited to be a part of Netflix’s first original production to be produced in Middle East. It is a great honour and privilege and I can’t wait to embark on this new adventure,” says Karam.
“Adel Karam is a very strong voice in comedy. We are extremely excited to collaborate with him, and can’t wait for the local audience, who have a deep appreciation of comedy, to watch the show, as well as to introduce him to our global audience,” adds Erik Barmack, Vice President of International Originals at Netflix.
The comedy special will premiere on Netflix worldwide in 2018.