25 April 2005

Turning grief into laughter

    You can turn painful situations around through laughter. If you can find humor in anything, even poverty, you can survive it.
      Bill Cosby
Okay, I pulled that quote from one of those memorable quotes web sites. But it was so appropriate to this story about Kashkool Comedy Show starring Nahi Mehdi and Ihssan Dadoush.

The show continues to gain popularity in Iraq, and copies of their shows sell like hotcakes. One person buying a copy was Tahseen Salih, who had this to say:
They have managed to funnel our grief into laughter. Instead of worrying about power shortages, flooding sewage pipes, the never-ending traffic jams, and the constant insecurity among other ills, they make us laugh bitterly and help get us over our sorrows.
Mehdi says they hope to present their style of comedy to the entire Arab audience. I hope they do, too.

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