Does Laughter Have an Accent?

A few weeks ago I shared the trailer for my first short documentary about comics in the Arabian country of Qatar. The comedians and the shows are the most multicultural places in the small country. Expats and locals, people from all ages and backgrounds come together several times a month to poke fun at the foibles that often drive us apart during the regular work week.

I’ve been a part of this group for nearly two years. Making the film helped me learn more about standup comedy and the ins/outs of how to tell a story in a new medium.

See what you think of Laughing with an Accent. Are these guys funny, no matter where you’re from?

I loved the break from writing so much I’ll definitely be making another short film soon. Stay tuned!

An enlargeable map of the State of Qatar
An enlargeable map of the State of Qatar (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

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  1. Christina Carson

    In Canada, one of the things I so loved was how nothing was too sacred to not form a basis for laughter. The national comedy team, Royal Canadian Air Farce each week would travel to a different part of Canada and that place would become the brunt of the humor. No one was exempt. We have a tradition of laughing at ourselves that, as I saw it, was most healthy. My American friends were rather appalled at such programming, which was indicative of a real need in their culture to not take themselves so seriously as well. Laughing at ourselves can bring us to a perspective deeply in line with truth, in an almost holy way. Laughter is a great uniting force. Three cheers for following your instincts and seeing the freedom in being able to laugh at oneself.

    • Mohana

      Thanks Christina! Yes, the show has been a neutral space
      where people who wouldn’t otherwise be able to see humor
      in their interactions meet. Lead the way Canada :).
      Thanks for watching.

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