14, May, 2013 – Cairo, Egypt – YouTube announced today the first-ever YouTube Comedy Week in the MENA region, a special event from May 19th through May 25th, that will showcase the best of comedy with video premieres and creative collaborations from the region’s funniest people. Comedy Week in MENA is part of a global campaign to celebrate comedy on YouTube.
YouTube Comedy Week will bring together the biggest names in comedy on YouTube in the region in collaboration with “Kharabeesh”, to create a one of a kind experience for comedy fans. The week-long event will showcase different channels and new talents in the realm of comedy. This event will consist of dedicated programming that includes new episodes from popular YouTube stand-up comedy channels, news parody channels, social/political satire channels, cartoon animation and more.
“YouTube is the home of comedy for the next generation,” says YouTube’s Diana Baddar, Head of video partnerships in MENA. “If you like to laugh, come join us during Comedy Week as we celebrate the best of comedy with sketches, pranks, stand-up routines, parodies, and brings together the best comedians in the region in a way that truly reflects the unique sense of humor in the Arab region.”
Comedy is big in the MENA region with nearly half of all top 10 channels around the region belonging to the comedy category. Comedy continues to grow as more comedy channels move up the ranks of top 10 lists in the region.