Headline, December 26 2020/ ''' '' LEBANON'S PAINFUL LUMBAGOS '' '''


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THE WORLD STUDENTS SOCIETY - THE EXCLUSIVE OWNERSHIP of every student in the world, wishes mankind !A Very Merry Christmas!, and prays for harmony, peace and well-being for the whole Humankind.

IN LEBANON - COMEDY COMBATS TRAUMA : Citizens are using humour to take the edge off as the country faces up to some very harsh times.

BEIRUT : Lebanese comedians are bringing relief and defying taboos with jokes about dating, partying during the pandemic........ and how even drug dealers are considering leaving the crisis-hit country.

Laughter erupts in a venue wedged between two districts devastated by a deadly August 4 explosion that ravaged the Beirut port and swathes of the Lebanese capital.

The blast exacerbated a year-long acute financial crisis and political deadlock, as the country also struggled with a surge in novel coronavirus infections.

''The situation is so bad that even the flea market has slashed its prices by 50%,'' joked Nicolas Tawk.

Tawk is one of nearly a dozen comedians who took to the stage on a rainy December evening as part of an event organised by the stand-up comedy club aptly named ''awk.word''.

He was following a comedy duo who reworked the lyrics of Gloria Gaynor's hit I WILL SURVIVE to sing about a multitude of frustrations the Lebanese have been struggling.

And then, strumming a guitar, they belted out a popular Lebanese hit from the 1980s - Ummi Ta Nur'os [Let's get up and dance] - the world's changed to convey the challenges of partying during the pandemic.

''Get up and dance, young lady, but for me to disinfect my hands. Don't freak out, I'll put on my mask,'' they sang.

Salacious, deliciously irreverent and inclusively sarcastic, Lebanon's growing standup scene harbors no taboos.


Nour Hajjar, a prominent comedian, said stand-up comedy offers some ''breathing room'' to the : Lebanese, who feel shackled by too many crises. But the jokes delivered also remind people ''why'' they are under tremendous pressure and why they are so sad'', said the 28-year-old.

''The situation is so bad that even the drug dealer is complaining that there is no market,'' and wants to emigrate to Canada, joked Hajjar, his brown curls bouncing as he laughs along with the crowd.

Mario Mubarak worked as a bank teller before joining the stand-up scene and had a front-row seat to the country's financial decline.

One day, he said, a Nun came to the bank and asked to withdraw $300 from her account, explaining she wanted the money to help a nephew who was sick and needed treatment.

Mubarak, who has since quit his job, told her there was nothing he could do and that she would be better off praying instead.

''Despite everything that has happened, people just want to laugh,'' Mubarak told AFP. ''We've been through pain and tragedy and it's still not over.''


Shaden, a prominent performer with a wide social media following, said comedy served a dual function. ''It's like Xanax,'' she said referring to the drug used to treat anxiety and depression.

Shedding light on the tragedies is also a way to challenge taboos and the political status quo, she added.

A feminist and a vocal LGBTQ activist, Shaden makes a mockery of machismo in a society that remains largely conservative.

''Society has put up many barriers against women. We have to break them down,'' she said. ''We talk about sex not just to make people laugh, but also to say that women have a voice.''

Joelle Jabbour sat among the audience, laughing with the others. Stand up comedy is ''pure release'', said the 24-year-old interior architect. ''Laughing at what makes you sad, it lightens you a bit,'' she added.

''It's part of their [the comedians] and life and our life. It's funny to listen to them but hard at the same time, because it's the bitter truth about Lebanon.''

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