In Lebanon…a recipe for laughter amid crisis, major stars reveal

Emirati platform Blinks released a report titled “Stand-up Comedy” in Lebanon… a recipe for laughter in times of austerity,”

The political and economic crisis that Lebanon is experiencing has not only affected the daily lives of the people, but also the arts in all its branches.

On the other hand, the so-called “stand-up comedy” star shined in Lebanon. It was a theatrical performance that helped a lot to take the shine of classical theatre. Comedy offered by that art rather than the usual classical genre.

It is noteworthy that the stars of stand-up comedy are young. What does this art mean to them? How do they talk about it? What about him and the role of classical theater in its various arts? What do prominent artists think about the conditions of comedy in Lebanon?

Real theater

Stand-up comedy shows abound in Lebanon. The art is presented in various theaters and, unlike classical plays, it does not require much equipment and production.

A “chair”, “table” or “microphone” is a working tool for a “stand-up comedy” show based on a person who has to present events taken from reality in a simple manner.

“It's real drama.” Lebanese comedian Jan Al-Ashkar described “stand-up comedy” in his talk through Blinks, an art that contributed to making speaking on stage real without any gloves. He adds, “What's being said in stand-up comedy shows is the reality we all live in… there's no need to fake it.

A young Lebanese woman, Samira Hado (age 23), found her way to perform stand-up comedy a year ago.

Haddo told Blinks that “stand-up comedy” appeals to many people, regardless of the person hosting the show, and that the reason behind it is that people want to laugh, and that his experience is very important.

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According to Hado and Al-Ashkar, the audience that follows “stand-up comedy” is not only young, but includes people of all ages, which is what makes this theater art unique.

2019.. a turning point

The protests that Lebanon witnessed in October 2019 due to deteriorating living and political conditions contributed to the emergence of “stand-up comedy” shows presented by prominent actors such as Al-Ashkar, Hussein Gouk.

In an interview with Blinks, Kaouk said that the revolution represented a “turning point” for stand-up comedy, with topics drawn from the realities and crises experienced by Lebanese during the revolution.

Al-Ashkar agrees with Kwak that social and political events translated into smooth and authentic theatrical performances like “stand-up comedy” contributed to attracting people to watch.

Kwook says there is a difference between “stand-up comedy” and classic drama, and he adds, “Theatrical performance requires special lighting, a cohesive and scripted text, a scene, a location and courage. As for stand-up comedy, it's completely different. , because it is somewhat closer to acting and reflects the phenomenon we touch upon.

Director Muhammad Al-Taiq, along with his team, which includes Gauq, provide acting samples of what he calls “black comedy.”

Speaking to Blinks, Al-Taiq says the revolution contributed to the removal of artificial faces, and the words spoken in stand-up comedy shows now represent people more than ever before.

Al-Taiq spoke of “the art of facing suffering” in general in Lebanon, not just classical theater, but felt that the people needed a new style away from the prevailing tradition.

He says, “Comedy isn't defined or limited. Instead, it's art and innovation, and stand-up comedy does all of that, and a satirical story based on a realistic premise is very successful.”

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Austerity affected the plays

Comedian Mario Basile spoke at Blinks and said, “Stand-up comedy takes a lot of effort, especially with one person performing it, and the theatrical elements might help him a little, like the lights.” “People are now. Looking for laughs and pranks to forget.” “Her worries.”

Basil speaks of the “austerity” that has hit classical theater, noting that unlike “stand-up comedy,” high costs have contributed to reducing the size of shows and changing their location.

Playwright George Kapas, speaking through Blinks, expressed his pride for all those who perform theatrical works, and said, “Every theatrical project, whatever its genre, is the lifeblood of a citizen who faces many problems. .”

Kapas saluted the audiences who seek to go to theaters to enjoy art and pure ideas despite the crises, deeming works that aim for concept, emotion and entertainment deserve to survive. (Blinks – Blinks)

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