PRAHAha comedy festival starts soon

An international festival features more than 50 stand-up comedy acts

Prague will hold its first international festival of popular stand-up comedy. The new festival, named PRAHAha, runs from Nov. 3–12, 2016. Over 50 comedians from 13 countries will gather in the capital. Performances will be held in Czech, English and German.

“Together with other colleagues, we attended a stand-up performance and we were thrilled. As we all come from abroad but are based in Prague, we thought it would be a great idea to bring more fun into this city. This was the first trigger to create the festival. … We believe that we will manage to get the PRAHAha festival on the world map, and that it will remain there for the years to come,” Rainer Schumacher, one of the three main festival organizers, said at a news conference.

Festival participants will include the award-winning Irish comedian Andrew Maxwell, Christian Schulte-Loh, who regularly performs in famous European clubs, Urban Priol, one of the most successful German political cabaret artists and stand-up comedians, and Zoe Lyons, one of the most sought-after comedy stars in the UK. Czech comedians include Esther Kočičková, Karel Hynek, Iva Pazderková, Petra 'Nasty' Cerha and Arnošt Frauenberg.

“During the festival the audience won't only have fun during the various performances, but it will also be able to look into the secrets of our craft. Visitors will have the opportunity to get tickets for several workshops where they will learn the basics of stand up,” said Dominic Heřman Lev, a festival organizer who will also be among the performers.

The festival is held under the auspice of the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany, Dr. Arndt Freiherr Freytag von Loringhoven, and the Prague City Councilor for culture, Mr. Jan Wolf.

Tickets for the festival range from Kč 99 to 599. They can be purchased either through, or through Shows will be in the Theatre U Hasičů, the Theatre na Rejdišti, at the Prague Crossroads, in Kino MAT and in hotel Mosaic House. One invitation-only show will be held at the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

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