Tuesday, November 6, 2007

A Comedian in Mayanmar??

The Story of Zarganar

I know, I know.

What's funny about Mayanmar? Monks beaten, people killed, and other pictures of death, destruction, mayhem and all the other things in life we could do without. Unless of course, you're into that kind of thing--in which case, just show up at a MegaDeath concert in suit and tie.

Anyway, this is the story of one comedian's battle against oppression and gloom. Zarganar is his name and his story was brought to our attention by TherapyDoc. We liked the story, and to tell the truth, we couldn't resist the temptation to put up a video of a Mayanmar comedy club. You most likely won't understand the language, but you'll understand that everyone's having a good time.

In a place where good times are probably at a premium right now.

Now we'll let TherapyDoc tell her story.

Who? What? What's this doing on TherapyDoc's Blog. This isn't a political blog!

Yes, but I hate the thought of priests beaten and herded off to jail in Yangon, Mayanmar. (Burma in years past). And there's a good joke in the WSJ that you might not have heard.

Maung Thura (Zarganar, or tweezers in Burmese) is a comedian who makes his living sending up the Mayanmar Military Regime. Before the regime, Zarangar spoofed Gen. Ne Win in the 1980's. The comic is fearless, heroic.

He's probably not in Myanmar at this moment or it's likely he'd be in jail. But they say he's there, still telling jokes.

Zarangar was in dental school when he realized he was just too funny to be a dentist. And he HAD to speak out politically. The Al Franken, I suppose, of Asia.

You might remember the rebellion last month, Burmese priests and throngs of people marching in defiance of bans imposed by Myanmar’s ruling military junta. Between 300 and 2ooo people have been detained (depending upon your news source) and hundreds are said to have been killed. I was under the blissful influence of media-deprivation, busy in the synagogue and the succah

In 1988, it was students, brutally crushed, who protested against the Myanmar Junta. Over 3000 are thought to have been killed, many more tortured.

I tell you all this to keep you honest, to keep you grounded. We think we have problems and we do, we do. I'm not minimizing. I'm relativizing.

Here's Zarganar's little joke, straight out of Christopher Rhoad's front page article.

George Bush, Hu Jintao (China's president) and Than Shwe (Myanmar's military leader) went to visit God.

Bush asked God, 'When will the U.S. become the most powerful nation in the world?'

God replied, 'Not in your life,' driving Bush to tears.

Mr. Hu then asked when China would become the richest nation in the world, which drew the same "not in your life" answer from God and tears from the Chinese president.

Finally, Myanmar's ruler asked when his country would have enough water and electricity. This time it was God who broke into tears, saying, "Not in my life!"

He has funnier jokes, of course.
Read the rest of the story.

Good, huh?
We enjoyed the story.
Even if we couldn't understand a word.

notes by Mondoreb
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