I was invited to my first ever all Arab comedy show at the Levantine Cultural Center in Los Angeles and every comic was superb—real pros.
I'm sure mothers all over the world from different nationalities can relate to the universal fear of not seeing their single daughters married by 40, as was the case with Palestinian American comedienne Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud whose overly protective Arab mother wouldn't mind her daughter traveling to the Gaza Strip to find a potential husband. Read More
Unshaven and wearing a black hoodie and cap, Omar Elba looked out from the lectern, surrounded by a gold cross and organ pipes. "Moses, you are my nizzle fo' shizzle," said the Egyptian-born Muslim comedian, doing his best to channel Snoop Dogg.
It's a joke he's done before, but never in a church. Read More
Comedians may be more effective than politicians in addressing the tensions surrounding the current conflict in the Middle East. Read More
Press Enterprise The Middle East may seem an unlikely place to inspire comedy these days, but seven comedians of Middle Eastern ancestry will be in Riverside on Sunday to make jokes about airport searches, head coverings and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict Read More
I recently went to an extremely engaging event called the Sultans of Satire stand-up comedy show with chock full of witty comics of Middle Eastern descent. This hilarious show is every second Thursday of the month at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles, which is owned by Jamie Masada who is of Iranian descent. Read More
Most people might not think there's a lot of room for humor when discussing the Middle East, but former journalist Jordan Elgrably has put together a group of Muslim, Jewish, Christian and Baha'i comedians who think otherwise. Read More
You know, the funny thing about the Middle East is ...
As comic premises go, following through on that line would seem to be about as tough an assignment as there is these days. Yet nearly a dozen comedians of Arab, Iranian, Turkish and Moroccan-Israeli heritage will take on the challenge Saturday night at USC's Bovard Auditorium, joining forces for "The Sultans of Satire," a showcase benefiting the Levantine Cultural Center, which explores Middle East and Mediterranean issues. Read More