A moment from Kamal's sign-language standup routine on BBC Arabic’s “Extra.”
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Stand-up comedy is a big tent and Lebanese comedian Wissam Kamal wants to diversify its audience.Now in the works, the upcoming show is inspired by a pivotal moment in Kamal's career, experienced while performing a set at Ain Saade's Al-Kafaat University in 2010 .Eight years later, Kamal has undertaken eight months of sign language classes and has obtained two advanced diplomas to aid his project.In a recent trial aired earlier this month on BBC Arabic's show "Extra," Kamal performed part of an old set, translated into sign language.While Kamal only has plans for a one-off show, if the response is positive he hopes to develop it further and perform in sign language again.The name of the sign language show and its location will be announced Nov. 9, alongside a new regular comedy set with which Kamal hopes to tour the country, and possibly the region.
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