What is it like being stand up comedian in Qatar? And after a poet was jailed for life for insulting the Emir what subjects are off limits when it comes to telling jokes?
Rajan Datar went to meet comedian Hamad Al-Amari at an ice rink so they could have a go at skating and discovered the man who likes making people laugh had connections with the Emerald isle.
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