Egyptian mega-star, Mohamed Henedy, announced the details of his first stand-up world tour, “Henedy live,” on the evening of June 24 at a press conference in Dubai’s Armani Hotel. Starting off at New York City’s Beacon Theatre in Madison Square Garden on the upcoming September 22, the popular comedian will take “Henedy Live” to 20 countries on a year-long tour.
The conference lasted over half an hour that uncovered many exciting details about the tour, hosting renowned comedian Mohamed Henedy, emerging Egyptian diva Nada Moussa, and the popular Lebanese singer and musician Chady Nashef, besides Robert Hartmann, Founder at Levity Live, Faisal Al-Mokri, CEO at Khayal Events, and Mohamed Talaat, CEO at Bookurstar Global and Impresario Live Group – Cairo office, who moderated the event.
“Henedy Live” will feature the popular and talented Henedy in addition to Nada Moussa who will add a comic twist to the show and Chady Nashef who will keep the ambience upbeat with music. As for the topics presented, the writers Omar and Ahmed Taher will make the perfect match for “Henedy Live.”
The world tour is a collaborative production between Levity Live, a US-based entertainment company, which owns and operates the leading network of comedy venues in the US, and Impresario Live Group, a Dubai-based agency specialized in tailoring live entertainment concepts since more than 15 years with offices in Cairo, KSA, Beirut and Dubai. Other involved parties include Bookurstar Global, the booking agency of the world tour, Outback Concerts, its promoter in North America, and Khayal Events, its promoter across the Middle East and North African (MENA) region.
Henedy will be performing in major US cities before heading to Canada and then to Australia upon completing his shows across the Americas. The next leg of performances will be staged in Europe and Asia, followed by the MENA and wider Arab regions, such as the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh, Abu Dhabi and Dubai in the UAE, Kuwait, Beirut and several other cities.
Henedy: The idea of stand-up comedy has been long intriguing me
“Henedy Live” marks the first stand-up venture in the career of the renowned Henedy who expressed his excitement to bring a new style of comedy to many Arab audiences around the world. “My sole purpose is to see people laugh, and being able to perform in a live setting is a golden opportunity for every comedian,” he said, emphasizing his excitement in acting live on stage despite his grand success in Cinema and TV.
“The idea of stand-up comedy has been long intriguing me, especially that I began my career on stage. My passion about theatre excites me to present my audience with this style of comedy for the first time, and I will be exploring different topics with them, hoping that they will enjoy the experience.”
Robert Hartmann: Comedy transcends cultural differences and biases
“After my 37th year in the comedy business, I learned that there is a universal truth in comedy which transcends cultural differences and biases, and also allows us to share laughter instead of focusing on our differences. This is why it delights me to collaborate with a unique comedian talent such as Mohamed Henedy in his world tour and his US debut to share these experiences with people and give them a good heartfelt laugh,” said Levity Live Founder, Robert Hartmann.
Kendra Ravagnani: An opportunity to present stand-up comedy fans with creative work
Kendra Ravagnani, official spokesperson of Impresario Live Group, said: “We are keen to offer exceptional shows to our audiences in the Arab region and the world. The collaboration with a great artist like Mohamed Henedy is a great opportunity to present ‘creativity’ in what meets the aspirations of stand-up comedy fans, and a chance to highlight the Arabs’ potential in this league.”
Faisal Al-Mokri: Working with Henedy will bring joy to Saudi Arabia
Faisal Al-Mokri, CEO at Khayal Events and Exhibition Management stated that working with Henedy will bring joy to Saudi Arabia, where the artist has a massive fan base. “A new era of artistic and cultural appreciation is unfolding in Saudi Arabia – one based on the new vision of the Kingdom, being realized by the dedicated efforts of our General Entertainment Authority and the Ministry of Culture. These entities are easing up the flow of Arabic and international arts into the Kingdom, and we wish for this upcoming tour to be a big success.”
Nada Moussa: Working with Henedy is a dream come true
Moussa, who has shared the stage with Henedy in a few theatre productions, told the audience that Henedy’s fans around the world now have the opportunity to experience his talent and unique style, first-hand. “Working with Henedy on this tour is a dream come true. I am accompanying one of the greatest actors and comedians in Egypt and the Arab world; this will be a big learning experience.”
Chady Nashef: “Henedy Live” tour is a historical event
The Lebanese musician is excited about his year-long tour with Henedy, referring to the shows as a historical event. “The comedy and music offered on this tour, especially with a great artist like Henedy, will touch everyone’s hearts. I look forward to treat the audience to a mix of Arabic and international pieces and contribute to the success of the event.”
On his part, the conference moderator Mohamed Talaat, commented that: “It’s the first tour in the career of such a creative artist with a massive Arab fan base around the world. It is no doubt that the event will shed light on Henedy’s generous offering in this genre which will be an added value for Arab comedy.”Mohamed Talaat: The show is a unique opportunity to enjoy an exceptional talent
After carving himself a significant position in the world of comedy with works like “Alexandria Again and Again,” and “Upper Egyptian at the American University,” Henedy turns a new leaf in his illustrious 30-year career, while he ventures into stand-up comedy and leads the way as the first Arab actor featured in such a world tour.