I learned كوميدي عالواقف in 48 hours: @comedycentralar #ComedyHunt

I have been off the map for the past 48 hours and this is why:

Comedy Central Arabia OSN (namely the comedians Khaled Omar and Ali Al Sayed) came all the way from Dubai to give us comedy-interested people a 2-day-workshop:

[Sunday September 24 2017]
An Open Mic (us trying our material and trying the stage out)

[Monday September 25 2017]
A Full Day Workshop introducing the classical Structure of a good Stand Up Comedy show & An Assignment that will guide us to developing a good show

[Tuesday September 26 2017]
Workshop Day II: presenting our prepared stand up show in front of our peers then at 8:00 pm in front of our friends in A Legit Stand Up Comedy Show at Retro Active Monot


What I took from this workshop?
A Stand Up Comedian is the writer, director, and performer of his show.

A Good Stand up comedian:

  • Comes up with his own material – something that he cares about
  • Avoids mentioning genital organs or swear words – just for the heck of it
  • Never disrespects another comedian
  • Knows well how to be an audience member – Zips it
  • Attacks Up never down – An ugly girl attacks Victoria Secret models and not vice versa
  • Always makes the audience feel superior

A Good Joke consists of a premise (subject), Setup (place/location), and Punch line.
Types of jokes:

  • Acting Out
  • Impressions In Sounds (the impression is not the joke, whatever is being said should still sound funny even if there was no impression)
  • Compare & Constrast
  • Analogy
  • Breaking Logic: Exaggeration

A one-hour stand up show doesn’t mean a longer build up for jokes; Louis CK presents one-hour sets consisting of one-minute-jokes.

It is best to start with a 5 minute set, then move to a 10, 15, 45, and 1 hour sets. Classically, the show should start and end up with the funniest material.

So much love for our mentors & the Comedy Central production team!


Let’s Divvy The Light ;) #followthelight

Whenever I think of DIVVY I salivate over Divvy’s famous Buffalo Chicken Tortilla, Volcanic Shrimps, and Nutella Lava Melt – YUM – but then I remember I can’t do those every day or I’ll look somehow like Iman Ahmad Abdul Ati before surgery.

I am a fan though of DIVVY’s friendly waiters and their overall concept “A World To Share” – and honestly, ever since they surprised their employee with a ticket to his favorite world destination, Greece, on Labor Day I became a fan of their management/ marketing strategy too.

Yesterday, DIVVY gave me more reasons to eat there more frequently when I tasted their new Light Menu; “FollowTheLight”

Favorites? Salmon Avocado Tacos (No Buffalo Chicken guilt trip), The Chicken Summer Rolls, Halloumi Veggie SkewersThe Asian Sesame Steak Salad, The Light Grilled Chicken Filet, and the Light Chocolate Tart Desert.

*Scroll Down For The Light Menue*

PS: yes, the cover photo is the aftermath of a nutella melt overtake; it’s just because my friends couldn’t resist ordering it. Oh well, the Divvy Effect.


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Ziad Doueiri’s #TheInsult: In the Actors’ Shoes/ Personal Triumph/ Special Scenes

In The Actors’ Shoes:

RUDZ9506“Toni Hanna is the example of every Christian Lebanese man who has suffered and is still suffering till this day because of the civil war. We never denied the aches of Palestinians – why does the world deny our pain? Where was the resistance “المقاومة” when we resisted the Palestinians from taking over our land?
It is true that Palestinians are refugees, but they made Toni a refugee in his own land.”
Camille Salameh Toni’s attorney


CAMA0531I was not a soldier during the civil war – I was young – and I might not even join war if it happens now, but I know what I suffered – and I know that my history justifies my rude attitude this day. I do not want to make my daughter go through all this, but it is all beyond me.
Sometimes, I wish I were Palestinian… Never mind, I did not mean that.”
Adel Karam as “Toni Hanna”


CAMA1247“I empathize with Palestinians because mostly, they are not represented well. I did not know Toni’s history though, it is tough and breaks my heart; I am Lebanese after all, not Palestinian – but, I will fight with my all to win this case.”
Diamande Abboud Yasser (The Palestinian)’s attorney


RUDZ7256“I did not choose to live in Lebanon, but I do. Whether it was Arafat or the plan of the G8, I am here now, building my career. My wife thinks Norway is a great escape, but I want to stay here. I feel successful here, my workers love me, I have moved on – but the Christians haven’t yet, perhaps because they are too spoiled.”
Kamel El Basha as “Yasser” the Palestinian

– – –

Personal Triumph:

I left the movie feeling triumphed because of its many social and political messages. If you’re in it for aesthetic cinematography visuals and severe art direction, don’t be. Yes, it is political. Yes, it is symbolic – and yes, TIME is irrelevant in the movie.
(and yes, there is a prolonged un-avoided loaded detailed dialogue)

The Palestinian case might be outdated to some of us, Toni’s character might not be very common in 2017 – this does not deny the fact that any other case is more worthy of cinema. Perhaps, it is the perfect time to handle this issue. Now, that it is less sensitive.

The Lebanese Christians lost 20 years of their precious lives fighting for the land -that we now TAKE FOR GRANTED – and ended up being labeled as “yobs” and “dogs”.

A “sorry” was enough to make Toni happy.

All this doesn’t mean that the future of Lebanon (Toni’s new born, Sethrida in this movie) should live in grief forever. In the movie, Samir Geagea looks through the lens towards Toni’s eyes and asks him to let go off the past and start a new page.
Lebanon is for all, and it always will be.

– – –

Special Scenes:

Toni’s attorney’s reaction at the court to someone calling Toni a dog:
Even though I mentioned it before, this moment acknowledges the resistance of Christians – this is a moment where most probably many of our parents will shed a tear for the friends they miss, the education they dropped, the money they lost, and the country they miss.

Toni and Yasser Sitting with the president:
In the midst of all the noise, Toni and Yasser sit side by side with the president. This is how politics is, we kill each other while leaders dine and wine together in perfect suits and echoing colognes.

Toni helping Yasser’s car failure:
This image depicts the reality of war. I hear stories of soldiers who let go their utmost enemy because of simply, humanity.
While people around me did not relate or believe the situation, I did. This is a fine example of brothers who till this day eat together but refrain from discussing politics because they know a fight is bound to happen.

Even though Toni was waiting for a personal apology, it was never personal.
He asked for an apology for everything else. It was never about THAT insult in specific; telling you why would be a spoiler.

|||| After watching West Beirut, I expected a similar movie. I had huge high expectations. The Insult is very different. Do not go in thinking of another West Beirut. ||||

Enjoy the popcorn 😉


..القانون يحمي القويّ، الوحش، المُغتصِب

القانون لا يحمي المغفلين
فمن يحمي القانون؟

وكيف نُعرِّف المغَفّل… الاحمق؟
هل هو العاجز؟ المُتَّكل؟

المغفّل في ايامنا
هو الانسان الذي يُضرَب ويُهَدَّد
هو القلب الطيّب
هي الطفلة البريئة
هي المرأة الطموحة الساكتة الخائفة

القانون يحمي القويّ
المستغلّ الغير

هذا هو قانوننا
قانون الغاب

صار وقته القانون يحمي من التحرش الجنسي


Photo & video credits : Emir Kreidie 

Currently, there exists no national legislation specifically confronting sexual harassment in Lebanon. To confront this lack of laws, a number of initiatives by civil society organizations and government entities have recently pushed for legal reform to address sexual harassment in public spaces and at the workplace. Within the last few years, draft laws criminalizing sexual harassment in public spaces and in the workplace have been prepared and submitted by various bodies, the latest of which is now pending voting by the parliament.

The KIP Project on Gender and Sexuality at the Olayan School of BusinessAmerican University of Beirut, and in partnership with the Office of the Minister of State for Women’s Affairs, launched the “Mesh Basita,” a national campaign that aims at highlighting the need for legislation around sexual harassment within the Lebanese landscape and mobilizing the general public’s opinion towards pushing for legal reform. While many often tend to downplay instances of harassment, suggesting that these are part of everyday social life, this campaign hopes to highlight the many forms harassment may take in an effort to draw attention to the fact that they are violations.

In order to confront the idea that sexual harassment is not a serious issue, “Mesh Basita” stands for the idea that sexual harassment is “not okay.” Offering a double meaning through a message of empowerment, it also suggests that the person is not naïve and that they are taking a stand against harassment. In doing so, the campaign ultimately aims to highlight the need for legislative reform around sexual harassment in Lebanon.

All Day, All Night with JB ;)

ANOTHER ONE! Guys! Jim Beam is ROCKING the Lebanese Crowd AGAIN – This Time at IRIS Beach Club on the 5th of August 2017!

Supporting the Local Talent Scene is the Main Concept this year with four DJs and a Line-Up of the FINEST 8 Local bands (Meen, Jammit, Iklil, Paola & The Band, Peter & Naji, Rasta Beirut, Happy Faces, Etyen, and Ingrid Naccour).

Come with an empty stomach because there will be some BBQ going on – plus fun inflatables and for you aesthetics, art exhibitions!


Also, @jimbeamslb is giving you a Chance to WIN Tickets if you:

1- Follow @jimbeamlb on instagram & Pose CREATIVELY on instagram with anything that resembles Jim Beam (Bottle, flag, flask, poster…)

2- Post it with the hashtag #caughtoncamwithJB #mayaacraJB

3- Tag me @mayaacra & @JimBeamLb in the picture
PS: Make sure your profile is public till the winners are announced!
Good Luck!!

Check my instagram to get inspired!


Why I never miss a Jim Beam Concert is the VIBE – it has become a Yearly Tradition, all Good Vibes, everyone enjoying the music, making friends, drinking from the Bar, dancing… All Day, All Night with Jim Beam 😉


Click here to Get your tickets Online
Tickets Available at All Virgin Ticketing Box Offices
More info on: 03 126 444


La Wlo – Maya Acra & Abe Younan


enjoying our time at the studio – Abe Younan & I
music production Danny Bou-Maroun
Yes, we were actually recording it while Richard Kallab was filming!

Basically I wrote this poem in March 2016 as a reaction to something someone (a friend) did. I did not want to share it because I felt it was somehow negative? I felt it would make a great DUO though. That’s where Abe fit perfectly!
Abe had already written a couple of lines of a random arabic song. Together, we structured the rest of the lyrics, as a reply to the satirical poem I wrote – and TATAAA! Yes, writing this basically is the result of a disappointment + one session of brainstorming with this music genius – ABE YOUNAN!
Definitely with the mastering of the awesome Danny Bou-Maroun!
Hope you like it!


يعني عنجدّ في نِسْبِةْ زكاء كتير قوية
لَدَرجة إنّو كعيت
في عالم بِكَزبوا عليك وبيضيعوا بكذبتون
بتصير تِطَّلّع فيْيُن إنّو لِكْ ما خيّي مبارح كانت غيرالقصّة
وفي اللّي بِبَيّض وجّ معك وبعد ثانية بيسألك تعملو خدمه
بتكون سْتَغْرَبِتّ إنّو في عالم هيك مناح… بتاكُلْ صدمة
وفي هايدا “الكرياتيف” يلّي بِقَلِّدَك بعد ثانية شو ما تعمل
بالقليلة نطرلَك يومان… لِكْ خَيّي ثانَيتان!
وهايداك يلّي بِنَبّهَكْ من رفيقو… وهُوِّي رفيقو بيسوا عشرة مِنُّو
وإنتَ عارِفْ إنّو نِيّاتو أَوْسَخْ من رفيقو…
وبركي معَقّد مِنُّو لَرفيقو لَأَنو أحسَنْ مِنّو
ويللّي بِساعْدَكْ بِشغْلِة وبْيَعمِل حالو هُوّي عملَكْ
ويللي بينسِيكْ بثانية وبيبرُمْ ضُدّكْ
كرمال قِرشِين وبْيِنسى فضْلَكْ
ويللي بيَعمِلْ حالو بحبّكْ وبيِسأل عنّك
ليروح يحكي لرفقاتو خْبارَكْ
ويللي بْيِستَفيدْ منّك وبكبَّك
مفكَّرَك حمارْ عطَيْطو كلّ شي عندَك
وأضحَكْ شي يللي ما بيقدر يطلّع خبار مِنّكْ
فبحطّ كلام بتمّك
بيكون هُوّي قال الكلام وإنتَ تضحّكتِلّو لتخْلَصْ مِنّو
والأغشَمْ مِنّو هايداك يلّي بصَدّقو
يللّي مفكّرْ المصاري والسيارة والبيت بيعملو الإنسان
والأقرَف؟ يللّ بعلّي صوتو صوبَكْ أوْ بِهِتَّكْ
ليْجرِّب يدَمّْرَكْ لأنّو ما فيْ يسْتَغِلَّكْ
أوْ يسَيْطِرْ عليكْ

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Raging Bull (1980) M Review

Raging Bull is a 1980 American biographical black-and-white sports drama film directed by Martin Scorsese, produced by Robert Chartoff and Irwin Winkler and adapted by Paul Schrader and Mardik Martin from Jake LaMotta‘s memoir Raging Bull: My Story.

What a true classic! This movie tells the story of every rising star. Robert De Niro playing Jake has his brother Joey as his manager. He is a boxer who does not only win all other boxers but also has a chance to winning the championship; he is feared by all other boxers, but according to Joey’s calculations and connections, Jake cannot do it without the mafia – Salvy Batts.

Jake plays their game – meaning he shakes hands with the Mafia and agrees to lose some games to get to the championship. Along the way, he finds out that his wife cheated on him with almost everyone he knows – including his brother. He forgives her, fights with his brother, and moves on to the championship game where he loses the game, royally – basically giving his opponent the championship on a silver platter. Somewhere along the way, Jake finds out in his own way that his brother also had fought with Salvy.

Later on, he retires and opens his own bar, and gets behind bars because of letting a 14 year old in. All that was nice and all, but the movie only gets good when he sights his brother randomly, follows him, only to discover that he is no one now. That’s where he realizes that it was his brother, who got it down-hill since that game when he made himself lose.


The monologue Jake performs in front of the mirror gave me goose bumps.


“It was like a peak you reach, and then it’s down hill. It was you Charlie. You was my brother. You should have looked out for me a little bit. You should’ve looked out for me just a little bit. You should’ve taken care of me, just a little bit, instead of making me take those dives, for the short end money. You don’t understand. I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody instead of a bum, which is what I am. It was you Charlie.”
Champions are born to be champions, champions don’t lose – but there are always people around them that are intimidated, jealous, and suspicious. The road to success is the hardest and most stressful, and usually people with talent depend on those around them to look out for them and to handle ‘other people’, that is when their managers, brothers, cousins, and friends fail them. Most ‘stars’ are poorly handled and misled with the wrong manipulating minds all the time, those who do not see the far picture.

Stars and champions are destructive perfectionists; they hate themselves when they don’t get what they want their way. Jake in the movie does not really fight the championship fight because he felt he does not earn it – he gave in to the mafia, and lost his reputation and his family along the way.

But again, there IS a movie to Jake’s story and this man’s last scene is him preparing for a show – anchoring with “I’m The Boss, I’m The Boss”; after seeing his brother walking like a no-lifer, Jake remembers that he IS BOSS. A person like him can be hindered, stopped, persecuted, thrown in jail, boo-ed, cheated on, deceived, but he would rise up every time and prove to the world that a champion cannot be stopped.


What a movie!

With Love,

(check out my other movie reviews on the category “M & Movies”)


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