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This festival honors the American-Arab comedians in the spotlight

The New York Arab-American Comedy Festival will take place on November 13 and 14, a comedy festival that aims to showcase the work of American-Arab comedians.

This is the 17th edition of this comedy festival created by Maysoon Zayid, the first stand-up performer in Palestine and Jordan, and Dean Obeidallah of the Dean Obeidallah Show. And while this one will be completely dematerialized because of health security measures, it promises to be just as hilarious as the previous ones.

Themes as funny as they are varied

The significant hairiness, the controls at the airport, Donald Trump’s policy? All subjects dear to the Arab community are reviewed with humor, self-derision, and a lot of realism by these humorists, who, as everywhere, are witnesses of their time, whose eyes are as sharp as the pen.

 

Ramy Youssef, star of the upcoming Hulu series “Ramy,” poses for a portrait during the 2019 Winter Television Critics Association Press Tour, Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, in Pasadena, Calif. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP)

 

The festival will feature renowned artists such as Aron Kader, from the Comedy Central Axis of Evil series, the YouTubeur GoRemy, which has nearly 200,000 subscribers, Eman El Husseini, who plays in his own series The El-Salomons: Marriage of Convenience, and UAE comedy star Ali Al Sayed, who will be performing live from Dubai.

 

An important festival

The festival was founded in 2003 to combat negative images of Arabs in the media and to showcase Arab-American talent in the entertainment industry. The festival has always been sold out in New York’s biggest comedy clubs. In previous editions, Ramy Youssef, star and creator of his own show Ramy, for which he won a Golden Globe, had notably made a highly noticed performance, as did Bassem Youssef, the Egyptian presenter of the satirical show El-Bernameg.