Bahraini comedian Waddah Swar has been crowned the funniest Arab, beating over 100 entrants from 13 countries to win the first ever KIT KAT Comedy Break.
Swar beat fellow runners up, Mohamed Morgan and Rami Boraie, to appear as the opening act for the Saudi comedian Fahad Albutairi.
“This is my secret hobby,” said Swar. “Well it’s not so secret anymore. Winning this competition felt amazing, and I did it all when I was completely sick.”
Egyptian funnymen Morgan and Boraie were awarded $10,000 and $5,000 respectively for second and third places, while Shady Salah from Jordan was named the public’s favourite comedian and given a cash prize of $2,500.
After submitting their winning videos to the dedicated KIT KAT Comedy Break YouTube channel and beating 115 contestants, the top nine finalists moved into the KIT KAT Comedy Break Villa in Dubai to battle it out in a series of challenges judged by some of the Arab world’s most famous comedians.
The contestants were also coached on how to improve their stand up routines throughout the competition and rated on their performance by the judges.
“I would like to congratulate our winners and our judges for their continued. Our judges provided the finalists with invaluable coaching and guidance and witnessing our finalists’ journey to become more accomplished comedians has been a pleasure,” said Remy Ejel, Business Executive Manager, at Nestlé Middle East.
“We have been overwhelmed by the public’s response across the region and internally as they watched our amateur comedians battle it out against each other. The audience’s participation and comments on social media made the judging process and performances even more interactive and fun,” he added.
As for the winner of the competition and his future plans, “I’m a writer. I wrote a show to one of the networks and I would really love to do it. But for now I am taking my wife and going to the Maldives with Nestlé’s money!”