When I called the number that was on the street billboards to reserve my ticket to attend “Amman Stand Up Comedy Fetival”, I lost the hope to be able to go to the evening that will host Axis of Evil and Russell Peters. They told me that my name has been added to the waiting list, but I believed that no one on that list will be able to get a ticket as people are very excited to attend such an event.
Few days later, I had the chance to get 4 tickets for the bonus show on the 6th of December. My friends who attended the other evening told me that they were amazing and hilarious.
I arrived to the event venue with 3 of my friends yesterday, the vallet parking service was waiting for the guests outside the building, I gave them my car and entered the building, candles were on the sides and the projectors are on the building saying “Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival” in Arabic and English. It seemed to be very organized, they checked our tickets and we waited in the queue to get into the auditorium of Al Hussein Cultural Center, actually it was over organized. The auditorium was full of people so we went to the second floor.
6:05PM, the show started and Dean Obeidallah was the host of the evening. As he started to talk automatically everyone started to laugh continousaly, comedian after a comedian, it was so fun there. Ahmad Ahmad, Maysoon Zayid, Ronnie Khalil, Mike Batayeh, Ali Hasan and Aron Kader have all performed for 7-10 minutes on the stage, then His Excellency Mayor Omar Maani came on the stage to say a couple of words. Few minutes later, the Candian stand-up comic, Russell Peters started his 45 minutes show that was really amazing and made everyone laughs as we never did before.
It was one of the best events that I have attended ever.
Few things that should be mentioned about the show:
- Most of the comedians are from an Arabic origin, which makes us all proud but on the other hand bring up a simple question; “why those who lived outside of Jordan had the chance to show the best of what they have?”
- An amazing girl, who I really liked to an extent that made me go home and google her name, the Palestinian Maysoon Zayid. Maysoon was the first comedian to perform stand-up live in Palestine, performing in Nazareth, Haifa, Bethlehem, Ramallah, and Jerusalem. But what makes her more addorable that she has a physical disability (multiple sclerosis).
- A common feeling between all of the comedians towards George Bush! They all hate him and they al have the hope that Obama might make a difference.
- The phrase “Inshallah” and the smoking habits at Jordan were the main 2 issues they used.