An Egyptian-American Comedian and Actress born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Maria Shehata’s unlikely blend of Mid-East and Mid-West brings to the stage a point of view that is hilarious, unique, and yet still universal. Maria’s stand up has been seen on Comedy Central’s “The Watch List”, “Just Like Us: The Movie”, and Showtime’s “Bridging the Gap”. Maria's has performed in numerous comedy festivals, such as the the Big Sky Comedy Competition, the New York Underground Comedy Festival, the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, The Los Angeles Middle Eastern Comedy Festival, and the San Luis Obispo Comedy Festival. With her universal appeal, she has performed all over the world including Palestine, Qatar, and Paris. She has also entertained the US troops in Germany, Italy, Kosovo, Turkey and the Bahamas. Maria is one of six comedians featured in The Cradle of Comedy, an upcoming documentary that will air nationally in Australia.