On Sunday March 24th, the Lebanese Collegiate Network, in partnership with the American Friends of the Lebanon Mountain Trail, hosted Nemr Abou Nassar, a highly acclaimed Lebanese-American stand up comedian with a growing international following. Since launching his new brand of comedy dubbed “No Politics, No Religion, One Love,” Nemr has been headlining sold out shows throughout the Middle East, earning him the title of “Lebanon’s King of Comedy”.
After the First Annual Unified Gala, “just when we thought our journey together was over for the year, LSA President from Oakland University, Paul Howarah, contacted the three other schools [ULCs] presenting us with an opportunity to, once again, join together to help promote our Lebanese heritage. The four college campuses were thrilled to be on board with this event.” Heba Sobh explains, “Rami Haddad, the man who made this all happen, heard that Nemr Abou Nassar, named the “King of Comedy” at Casino du Liban in 2012, was on tour in the United States.”
With a turnout of over 250 people, the Stand Up Comedy Revolution From Lebanon to Michigan was a great success! After a special thanks to the sponsors who made the event possible, the LCN and AFLMT presentations, including The LCN Story video available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HlkcztsjkYU, were received by an attentive audience. Afterwards, our host for the evening comedian Steve Najem introduced Nemr Abou Nassar, who kept the laughs coming for the rest of the night. Even the security guards on stage with Nemr could not keep from laughing out loud. The evening concluded with honoring our top sponsor for the event, Joumana Kayrouz and Nemr with awards thanking them for their support of the partnering organizations.
As our second collaboration with AFLMT in Michigan, the event was a great way to reach new people and inform them of both of our organizations and missions. A sense of humor brought us all together and our laughter was the binding element of the whole evening but the audience’s belief in the LCN mission and goals is what will drive them to be involved and support LCN in the future. Thanks to everyone who helped to make it happen, especially Rami Haddad, Judith and Maurice Farah and all the student leaders that volunteered their time!