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Akmal SalehAkmal Saleh is a Melbourne comedian, but not, despite what his name (or, he says, his looks) might suggest, a Muslim. After reading about him in the Age last week (29/9/09), I was not inspired to go and see him: he didn't sound very funny, and relying on immigrant stories for laughs is too often used as an opportunity to mock the locals, the non-immigrants who probably make up the majority of his audience and who have become seemingly addicted to the denigration of their culture. From the article, it appears he likes to shock, and that he finds little he judges to be out of bounds.
 
Although he is, or was raised, a Coptic Christian, he seems happy to use his religion to get a laugh, and no doubt it works. After all, Christianity is right up there as comedy material: it still seems a little bit wicked, and yet if there are any public protests from annoyed Christians, it can only help to make a comedian's name more prominent. So why not?
 
Saleh also uses suicide bombers as  a provocative subject for his routines. As he says, "There's nothing funnier or blacker than someone blowing themselves up for a particular cause; to me, that's hilarious." Of course.
But apparently people are more "upset" by jokes relating to Christian themes. "People are more offended when I talk about Jesus and make that funny. I've had this reputation but I don't know if it's justified. I've never gone out to intentionally provoke or be offensive. I just do what I think will get laughs."

Very Funny? Well at least nobody wants to decapitate our brave comedian

He protests too much. Unless the interviewer is misrepresenting him, he is drawing attention to his more "offensive" subject matter deliberately, in order to attract an audience - a certain kind of audience, the kind which might relish the mocking of Jesus or the portrayal of a suicide bomber as just one of life's little jokes. Am I reading too much into his words, or is he hoping to impress nihilistic, self-centred young people whose only judgement criteria would be that whatever is happening suits the cynical, irreverent tone of the day?

No longer of the Coptic church (his "new religion" is comedy...), he tells why he lost faith. Burning Copt
"I was an alter boy and believed because my parents were very devout. But when I was about 16 I was driving with my priest to help him move churches and I said to him, 'You've bought a church in a very nice area.' He said,'Yes, it's a very nice area; it's a shame it's full of Muslims.' That's when I thought, 'Hang on a minute.' With that one comment I started to question things...and I started to see cracks in the ideology. It was a real moment for me."
It is a pity the priest did not elaborate; he missed his chance to explain why it might be a problem for an Egyptian Christian to live in an area full of Muslims. And a pity Saleh did not question the priest instead of working his own way around the "cracks" he saw and coming up with a view, which hints strongly of convenient political correctness in tune with the mood of his adoptive country, of Christian hypocrisy or intolerance towards the "other."

If he had asked the question he needed to ask, he may have found that living in an area "full of Muslims" in Cairo has its pitfalls, ranging from unpleasant to lethal. The Copts, whose Cairo Cathedral is of necessity guarded with Kalashnikov-bearing soldiers, are in an increasingly weak position in Egypt. Maybe in his youth the situation was not  so bad, but if he was keeping abreast with the news he would be seeing reports which might have tempered his current attitude.

Jihad Watch provides examples:

"Church firebombed in Egypt after 'opposition from Muslim neighbours' " is one such report. This occurred on 12/8/09, and was accompanied by the elation of Muslim residents."The neighbours [had been] unhappy with the presence of the church in their vicinity.[So t]he congregation was harrassed, the priests insulted and threatened, and Koran chanting was played over the loudspeakers during the church services." The Egyptian Muslim Council, by the way, considers the building of a Christian church a sin against Allah.

Then again, maybe Saleh would have found that funny, or at least, if he was pragmatic about it, would have been able to find a way to make his Melbourne audience laugh at the image of harrassed Christians.

Or what about this: "Abduction and Forced Islamization of Christian Coptic Girls continues in Egypt." (How much more likely would this Marian Bishay kind of thing be to occur if the abducting parties lived near the girls and knew their movements?) Abduction, rape, forced conversion and marriage to a stranger - all at the age of 15. It happens not unfrequently. Really quite hilarious, when you think about it; and all the more so if the girl had been your sister, Saleh? What a punchline you could add, something around the theme of not being able to save her because your Muslim opponents were too many, or she could not be found, and the police did nothing to help, and the powerful Egyptian State Security was actually in cahoots. It could be rather strange - weird - to think you might never see your sister again, or know her fate. But there has to be a funny side, there just has to be.

And, getting more intense, a story about a Muslim man who went on a rampage and beheaded a Christian man in Egypt this month. Well, if Saleh can make his audience laugh about suicide bombers, maybe he could squeeze a gag out of this incident.

But there is nothing quite like the easy target in the land of humour. Saleh, on his search for a Jesus juicer in Jerusalem: "I wanted a juicer in the shape of Jesus' head so I could squeeze oranges and make the juice come out of his mouth. I suggested it to a shopkeeper, and you'll never believe what he said; 'Excellent idea! I will call him King of the Juice.' " A more laboured "joke" I can barely imagine.

I have a challenge for Saleh. I will start the joke and he can finish it.

"I met a man who was an Egyptian Coptic Christian and who went to live in the Sudan to escape the persecution in Cairo..."

The thing is, it is true. The Sudan, of all places, a refuge for an Egyptian Coptic Christian. It's funny already.
 

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