By Houda El Mouatassim Bilah
By Houda El Mouatassim Bilah
Morocco World News
Marrakesh, Nov 14, 2012
Humor has always been one of the most important sources of entertainment throughout history. Its psychological effects on one’s well-being are also countless. Because of that, entertainment channels never stop competing to produce the best comedy; be it a sitcom, a TV series, or even an advertisement, and never cease to look for comedians who can contribute to raising their sales.
Unfortunately, here in Morocco, finding such funny programs on Moroccan TV channels is a rare currency nowadays, as our famous humorists that were once hilarious do not seem to come up with funny material anymore. Sadly enough, most of the attempts that our Moroccan channels make in order to trigger our laughter, do nothing but irritate us, and we usually end up switching channels or turning off the TV instead. It feels like it has been ages since we enjoyed a sketch by Mohamed El Khiyari, one of Morocco’s distinguished humorists. His works used to touch Moroccan’s hearts as he repeatedly stood up to the Moroccan authorities and exposed them to the public in humorous way.
Beside El KhiyarI, Morocco’s most famous humorists such as Hassan El Fed and Hanane El Fadili were also able to skillfully entertain Moroccans over the years, but they unfortunately disappeared from screen lately and left room for numerous amateurs to invade Moroccan media.
However, the end of 2011 marked a change in the negative image Moroccans drew about our humorists since it was only then that we heard of Khalid Sheriff for the first time and loved him ever since. Moroccans were introduced to this thirty two year-old podcaster by his web-show “Black Moussiba” (or serious calamity) which he broadcasts on YouTube then shares on his Facebook page.
The web-show deals with various issues and social phenomena that Morocco witnesses on a daily basis, such as: Chinese merchandise in Morocco, the poor condition of Moroccan public transportation, the elections, to state but a few. These topics are presented in an exceptionally humorous way that shows Khalid’s unique sense of humor. The web-series’ episodes only last for about 12 minutes, but the huge efforts he makes and the considerable amount of time he spends in gathering suitable yet funny pieces of information are remarkable.
Also, the way he organizes and conveys the information to his audience leaves the latter hooked to his shows. Not only does he open the audience’s eyes to various issues that Morocco faces every day, but he also suggests practical solutions to them, all of which he serves to his audience on a hilarious plate that they never get enough of.
In his web-series “Black Moussiba”, Khalid tackles the above-mentioned issues and many others with an enthusiasm and passion that show his love and concern for his home country, even if he currently lives in Canada. In addition to that, his Facebook statuses and the numerous pictures he shares on his wall, along with his comments on them, usually revolve around current news and topics such as upcoming strikes or recent car accidents for example, which demonstrate his proximity to the events even though he lives far from where they actually happen.
After having nearly ninety thousand followers on Facebook, being admired and respected by each and every one of them, Medi1 TV (a Moroccan TV Channel) noticed Khalid Sheriff’s special talent and offered him an important spot in its weekly program “Génération News” that he shoots from Canada where he continues to gather vital pieces of information and present them in his unique, amusing yet constructive way.
As a Moroccan, I congratulate this young podcaster on his significant efforts, wish him the best of luck in his promising career, and pray that Morocco flourishes with such skillful artists in the near future.