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Remembering Abo El Seoud El Ebiary on His Death Anniv.

Sun 17 Mar 2024 | 10:29 AM
Ahmed Emam

Today (March 7) commemorates the life of Abo El Seoud El Ebiary, who is fondly known as the "Father of Egypt's Comedy". 

Born in 1910, he was a prolific Egyptian comic screenwriter, playwright, lyricist, and journalist.

In the 1950s, he wrote for "Al Kawakeb" (or "The Planets") and "Ahl Al Fann" (or "People of Art") magazines, where he titled his columns "Yawmeyat Abo El Seoud El Ebiary" (or "Abo El Seoud El Ebiary's Diaries"). 

He was given several nicknames, such as the "Molière Al Sharq," the "Molière Of The East", the "Ostaz Al Comedia" or "The Comedy Professor", "Al Nahr Al Motadafeq" or "The Flowing River", "Joker Al Aflam" or "The Joker Of Movies", "Manjam Al Zahab" or "The Gold Astrologer", and "Al Gabal Al Dahek" or "The Comic Mountain".

El Ebiary wrote over sixty-four comic plays, most of which starred the comedian Ismail Yasin. He also penned more than three hundred Arabic songs and over five hundred Egyptian movies, which represent 17% of the history of the Egyptian and Arab cinema.

Some of his notable films include: 'Law Kont Ghani' (If I Were Rich), 1942, Amma Genan, (What A Lunacy), 1944, Share' Muhammad Ali, (Muhammad Ali Street), 1944, Ta'eiat Al Ikhfa', (The Disappearance Hat), 1944, Al Folous, (Money), 1945 and Aheb Al Baladi, (I Love The Local), 1945.

He passed away on November 9, 1993.