Atheer is a Palestinian-American raised in both Alabama and Palestine. She started performing comedy after moving to New York City, and hopes to either make a living at it, or at least redefine what American audiences think when they hear the words “Arab” and “bomb” in the same sentence. She co-hosts a monthly stand up show in NYC, Shady Pines Comedy Hour, and is very excited to return to the festival for her second year.
He grew up in Newark, NJ where the only Arabic spoken was either at home or 12 miles away in Paterson. With an engineering background, Murad expresses his less square side to everyone within an earshot. For him, the 11th Annual NYAACF is an opportunity to be in great company-mostly. Many thanks go to Maysoon and Dean for kicking in the door. HB Studios, HB Playwrights, Don’t You Know I’m Loco, Starlite, Dirty Egyptians.
Born into a mixed racial (Palestinian/Mexican), rarely quiet household, Aisha Farhoud started stand up comedy when she was unemployed and tired of Judge Judy reruns. Aisha has performed at the Bumbershoot Music and Arts festival in Seattle, the Arab-American Comedy Festival in New York City, and also edits the video podcast "comedy dissection". Her YouTube video "I Come Out to my Arab Father (About Doing Stand-Up Comedy)" has been viewed by literally dozens people.
Ramy Youssef is an actor and comedian from New Jersey. He currently stars in the Nick at Nite sitcom, See Dad Run, alongside Scott Baio and Mark Curry. He is half of the award-winning NYC sketch duo, Inside Joke Films, who have been official selections at the Chicago, San Francisco, and New York Sketch Comedy Festivals. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where he misses New York.
Tamer Kattan, Comic/Writer/Actor, is an internationally headlining comedian. Recently returning to the US after a 1-year performers residency in the UK, where he toured across Europe, Egypt & Afghanistan. Tamer was born an outsider, and that's where he stayed. The combination of being born in Cairo, raised in Hollywood and confused by a family of Muslims and Christians...made him an ideal target for bullies and racism, all of which created fuel for the comedy of this underdog.
Chicago based comedian Luai Hodi, returns for the 3rd year in a row to the NYAACF. Luai will be bringing his unique style of comedy to NYC to entertain us all. Luai has performed stand up, sketch and improv all across the US from NYC to LA at comedy clubs, banquets, fundraisers, weddings, graduation parties and pretty much anywhere that there is a free meal.
Egyptian born, American raised Fady Khalil spreads his brand of Arab comedy to eager audiences in the Philadelphia area, even earning an opening spot for Philly's own, Keith Robinson (Tough Crowd w/Colin Quinn). Taking an unflinching look at what it means to be Arab in America, Fady enjoys being a comedic ambassador to the predominately non-Arab audiences of Philadelphia. He hopes his comedy helps bridge gaps between the two cultures he grew up with.
Remy Munasifi ("GoRemy") is a YouTube comedian from Arlington, Virginia. His songs include "Hey There Khalilah," "Saudis in Audis," "A-R-A-B: The Rap," and "Tabbouleh: The Song." His latest album, "The Falafel Album" is available on Comedy Central Records.
Nader is from Brooklyn, but has nothing against the letter R.
Nader has been a denizen of the stage since he lost the District 24 Spelling Bee in 1987. Since then, he's appeared on CNN and NPR, at Gotham Comedy Club, Broadway Comedy Club, Comic Strip Live, as well as venues around NYC and across the Northeast. He’s thrilled to be back for another NY Arab American Comedy Festival, and wants to talk to you about the Golden Girls.
Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American, born in Oakland, California, Sammy Obeid (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) is best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances. It began on December 26th, 2010, and concluded on September 21st, 2013– four days after an appearance on TBS’s Conan. Breaking the old world record on Day 731, Sammy set the new one at 1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy.
Over the course of the streak, he appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and advanced to the Las Vegas round, and became the first comedian to perform on The Food Network. Splitsider conducted an extensive interview with him entering the home stretch. LA Weekly praised Sammy’s “sheer force of will” in performance and lifestyle, and LA Mag recommended his show highly. He was profiled in TIME Magazine, followed soon after by an article in the New York Times. Published on his final day, it describes his material as “full of wordplay” and “clever misdirection.”
Chunks of his streak were spent as youngest member of both the CoExist Comedy and Axis of Evil: New Generation national tours. Capping the streak, his debut album, Get Funny or Die Trying, was named a Best Comedy Album of 2013 by iTunes. Not slowed, Sammy has now embarked on a national college tour performing for hundreds of students a week.
Sammy has founded his own comedy enterprise, KO Comedy. He’s hard at work on both a book and documentary about his 1,001 Nights, each with the witty advice and deep-insider view found on his blog.
Egyptian American comedian Eman Morgan aka "Celebrity", is arguably one of the hottest stand up comedians today. Besides performing Stand Up, Eman is on a life long mission to personally meet Amr Diab!
He also credits his sister for much of his success! www.emanmorgan.com
Raised in Detroit Michigan. Family is of Chaldean decent. Started his career as a stand-in for Michael Imperioli on the TV show "Detroit 1-8-7". When the show finished filming, he dropped out of college and moved to LA. Recent TV appearances include Mistresses, Mixology, and Marvel Agents of Shield. Was cast in the 2013 ABC diversity showcase where only 20 actors were chosen among 7,000 submissions. Has a film coming out in 2015 titled "Dirty" which he starred in and produced along side Roger Guenveur Smith. He can be seen doing stand up comedy all over the country.
Nour is a Montreal-based comedian, whose credits include the Boston Women in Comedy Festival and Toronto SheDot Festival. She co-hosts the monthly 4 Shits & Giggles Show featuring a different line up of Montreal’s best Comedians. In 2013, Nour was an opening act for Wonho Chung’s Tour in Montreal, and was a member of the ‘Kosher Jokes for the Halaladays’ tour.
“A talented, self-deprecating comic with a casual delivery style that cracked me right up” – Bloody Underrated
Egyptian-American comedian Maria Shehata, (born and raised in Columbus, Ohio) blends Mideast and Midwest cultures, giving her a hilarious and unique viewpoint. 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. With her universal appeal, she has performed all over the Middle East and Europe. Maria will be featured in The Cradle of Comedy, a documentary airing nationally in Australia. Website: www.mariashehata.com
Since her comedy debut in 2006 Eman has racked up impressive credits. Some say it’s because she’s Arab, some say it’s because she’s female, most know it’s because she’s hilarious. Appeared in the Just for Laughs comedy Festival, The Amman Stand UP Festival and The Boston Comedy Festival to name a few.
The Montreal Gazette describes her as “Fearless and ferociously funny.”
Said Durrah is a Arab American Muslim Comedian who has traveled all over the world performing hilarious standup comedy. He draws inspiration for his storytelling style from his day to day encounters living as a palestinian jordanian muslim living near Washington DC. Said has shared his comedy on nearly every successful arab or muslim tour including The Funatical Tour, Arabs Gone Wild, 1001 Laughs, Allah Made Me Funny, and many many more. He has performed his comedy on Broadway but also famed locations such as the MGM Grand in Las Vegas and even his own comedy tour after only 1 year in comedy. His impersonations, facial expressions, and real life stories have allowed him to perform all over the world simply through word of mouth and little youtube exposure. He has been called "The One to Watch" by the global media as well as "The best kept secret in Arab and Muslim comedy".
Mike Easmeil, a comedian/writer of Palestinian heritage, is excited to again be part of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. A veteran of stand-up comedy, Mike first performed 16 years ago at Groucho's Comedy Club in Virginia while completing his communications degree. His clean, clever comedy pokes fun of himself, his family, and life's absurdities. In addition to owning a restaurant, being a husband and father of three, Mike performs at charity functions and comedy clubs on the East Coast.
Website: interestingtimes-easmeil.blogspot.com/ | Facebook: Mike Easmeil | Twitter: @TheMikeIsmail
A former attorney turned stand-up comedian, Dean Obeidallah has been featured on Comedy Central’s “The Axis of Evil Tour,” ABC’s “The View,” and can be seen frequently on cable news networks. Dean co-directed/co-produced the recently released comedy documentary "The Muslims Are Coming!" which uses comedy to counter Islamaphobia. He is also a columnist with The Daily Beast. Dean co-created “Stand up for Peace” which he performs across the country with Jewish comedian Scott Blakeman in an effort to foster understanding between Arab, Muslim and Jewish-Americans.
Maysoon Zayid is an actress, professional standup comedian, and writer. She received a BA in Acting from Arizona State University. She is the co-founder and co-executive producer of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Maysoon was a full-time On Air Contributor to Countdown with Keith Olbermann, and has most recently appeared on The Queen Latifah Show, The Meredith Viera Show, and Huffington Post Live. Maysoon is a recurring columnist at The Daily Beast and was a speaker at TEDWomen 2013.
Maysoon has appeared on Comedy Central's The Watch List, PBS's America at a Crossroads: Muslim Comics Stand Up, CNN, HBO, As the World Turns, MTV, 20/20, BBC's The Doha Debates, and had a feature role in Adam Sandler's You Don't Mess With the Zohan. As a professional comedian, Maysoon has performed in top New York clubs, and has toured extensively at home and abroad. She was a headliner on the Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Tour and The Muslims Are Coming Tour.
Maysoon's screenplay, If I CanCan, was chosen for the Sundance Middle Eastern Screenwriters Lab. She was a delegate at the 2008 Democratic National Convention and named one of 21 leaders of the 21st century by Women's Enews. She is the founder of Maysoon's Kids, a scholarship and wellness program for disabled and wounded refugee children and was delighted to be a 2013 honoree of United Cerebral Palsy NYC's Women Who Care Awards. www.Maysoon.com @MaysoonZayid