No matter what happened and is still happening in Lebanon, Lebanese people never lose their strong sense of humor. It has been said that it is their best survival characteristic as they cope with continuous crises and hardships, a Lebanese legacy of survival.
It is a fact, their adversities and even their frustrations at injustice become a source of jokes and hilarious sarcasm. After all, laughter is therapeutic, and Lebanese do use it plenty even when the circumstances are more angering than laughable.
In recent years, more and more Lebanese stand-up comedians are taking to the entertainment stage, doing what they do best: Cheering up people by making them laugh out loud.
Here are some notable ones that are standing out in the Lebanese scene.
Wissam Kamal is a stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and content developer. He uses his sense of humor to talk about his experience dating a Christian girl (while he is Muslim) and talks about being in Lebanon and the problems that come with it.
Shaden is probably the most outspoken and bold comedian and activist that has particularly stood out since the onset of the Lebanese Revolution.
Breaking social taboos around sexuality, her activism reflects in her hilarious sketches of being a female and a member of the LGBTQ community in Lebanon. She has been also fearless in her regular derisions of politicians and political events on social media, where her sarcasm is never void of common sense.
Nour Hajjar “believes” that aliens will come to Lebanon and how their experience will be in Lebanon. He also tries to describe his life living coming from the Sunni background and criticizes the Lebanese politicians in hilarious stand-ups.
Photographer and stand-up comedian Nicolas Tawk describes in hilarious ways the problems of dealing with Lebanese kids and their parents along with his experience with catching the coronavirus and his parent’s reaction to it.
Lebanese-American stand-up comedian Nemr Abou Nassar performs globally and his sketches express the Arab and more specifically the Lebanese lifestyle along with being Lebanese in America and his childhood growing up with Lebanese parents.
Other than being a comedian, Nemr is also a passionate activist for the Lebanese cause and has on many occasions spoken up in support of Lebanon.
Hussein Kaouk reflects on his Shiite background in comedic sketches that will surely make you laugh. He describes the problems that all the Lebanese people face and he is well-known for criticizing a certain political party and its supporters in hilarious ways.
Shady Maroun and Gaby Hoayek
Shady Maroun and Gaby Hoayek are a very hilarious duo. They are known for imitating Lebanese politicians using humor to criticize them.
Although they are no longer a duo, they still make us laugh.
Tatiana Merheb is an actress and comedian. She uses seduction and comedy to convey the problems facing Lebanese women in Lebanon.
Fady Reidy is one of the most prominent stand-up comedians in Lebanon with 3 comedy movies in his records, including After Shave and Melodrama Habibi.
He is famous for his humoristic sketches and sense of humor reflecting on the Lebanese lifestyles and the problems the Lebanese people go through every day.
He has been making the Lebanese people laugh for years.