Yemenis put a brave face on civil war as comedy nights rocket

Yemenis put a brave face on civil war as comedy nights rocket
by Martin Jay

25 May 2015 | 13:11

Source: by The National

  • by Martin Jay
  • Source: The National
  • Last update: 25 May 2015 | 13:11

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Constant aerial bombing combined with food and medicine shortages would normally bring most to their knees.

Not Yemenis though.

Some are turning to comedy to take their minds off the turmoil in their country and are staging their own comedy nights, according to the Dubai-based English language broadsheet, The National.

For two nights last week, a group of young Yemenis organised an event called "Comedy of War" in Sanaa in which amateur comedians took to the stage to perform stand-up routines, sketches and songs.

Naturally, among the favourite jokes were punchlines about electricity outages and petrol queues.
About 600 people turned up on the first night, packing the tiny venue and "forcing the organizers to move to a large hall in central Sanaa for the second show on Friday" reports the National.

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