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NY Arab American Comedy Festival

Posted by vmsalama on January 16, 2008

Hey everyone.  I wanted to support my friends in this weekend’s Arab American Comedy Festival, scheduled to begin this weekend in New York City. Here’s a message from one of the co-founders, Dean Obiedallah:

Want to start the New Year with some great laughs?  Join us for the 5th Annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival which will be held January 18-23, 2008 in NYC. This will be our biggest and funniest Festival ever!


The Festival showcases Arab-American comedians, sketch comedy and comedic films:

-January 18-19: Arab-American headliner stand up comedy show: Featuring some of the top comedians from across the country who have appeared on Comedy Central, ABC’s “The View,” CNN, and PBS, including: Aron Kader (Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” special), Maysoon Zayid (PBS upcoming documentary “Muslim American Comics come of Age”), Dean Obeidallah (Comedy Central’s “Axis of Evil” and “The Watch List”), Nasry Malak (Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”), Jimmy Goson (LA Improv), Ronnie Khalil (Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”), Amer Zahr (ABC’s “Politically Incorrect”), Maria Shehata (Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”), Sherif Hedayat (Comedy Central’s “Open Mic Fight”) and more.

-January 20 and 21: “Sketch Comedy Nights” – This edgy comedy show will feature 90 minutes of original sketches written by some of the top Arab-American comedic writers in the country and stars Arab-American actors who appeared on Broadway, Off-Broadway, in feature films and TV shows. No topic is off limits as we comedically tackle issues ranging from the presidential campaign, to the struggles of being Arab-American in post 9/11 America, to Fox News, to Arab-American dating and even American pop culture.;

– January 22: “”New Faces of Arab Comedy” featuring some of the top up and coming Arab-American comedians from across the country and Canada including from Los Angeles: Mike Batayeh (“American East”) and Noel Elgrably (“Sultans of Satire”), from Canada: Eman El-Husseini, from NY: Amanda Baramki, Meena Dimian, Mohamed Masoud, from Michigan: George Saba, from Virginia Remy Munasifi  and from Washington D.C.: Michael Tarazi
-January 23: Short comedic film Night and a big closing night party.

All shows are at the Zipper Theater and are only $20 per event. Tickets are now on sale at www.zippertheater.com or by calling 866-811-4111.

In the past years, all the events have sold out in advance, so even though we are holding our Festival at a bigger venue this year, we still encourage you to buy tickets in advance.

For more details about the Festival, or to make a donation to our not for profit Festival, please visit: www.arabcomedy.org.


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