The New York Arab American Comedy Festival is back – virtually, that is – to make people laugh in these trying times. What started as a festival in 2003, just two years after September 11, has grown into the most successful comedy festival featuring Arab comics of different faiths. Now, with the festival going virtual, the show will be available – for the first time – to everyone in the world with comics from across the country and even live from the Middle East!
“Our festival is 100% live this year because we want people to laugh but not spread the virus,” said co-founder and comedian Dean Obeidallah, host of the SiriusXM radio show The Dean Obeidallah Show. . “In 2020 comedians are literally more responsible about Covid than the President of the United States – think about it for a second,” Obeidallah joked.
“This festival is truly a celebration of what makes America great: Arab comedians who make people laugh at Trump!” joked co-founder and comedian / actress Mayson Zayid. She added, “And we hope this will be our last festival where we tell jokes about Don the Con.”
The festival features some of the best Arab-American comedians from across the country, including Aron Kader from Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil special, YouTube Sensation Go Remy, Eman El-Husseini who starred in his own comedy special on Canadian television and live from Dubai, comedian Ali Al Sayed who was featured on Comedy Central Arabia.
NYAACF was founded in 2003 to combat negative images of Arabs in the media and to showcase Arab-American talent for the entertainment industry. The festival, now in its 17th year, has regularly sold out at New York City’s biggest comedy clubs. Former festival performers include Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef, star / creator of Hulu’s hit series “Ramy”, Dave Merheje, co-star of Hulu’s “Ramy” and Bassem Youssef, known as name of Jon Stewart from the Middle East.
The Festival is three shows over two evenings: from Friday November 13 to Saturday November 14, 2020. Tickets cost $ 10 per show and sell out quickly and are available online at www.arabcomedy.com. You can follow the festival on https://www.facebook.com/NYAACF
ABOUT: The festival was founded in 2003 by comedian Dean Obeidallah and General Hospital comedian and actress Maysoon Zayid to showcase the talents of Arab-American comedians as well as to challenge and inspire our fellow Arab-Americans to create exceptional comic works.
13/11 Friday 8 p.m.
Eman El Husseini
Come on Remy
14/11 Saturday 19:30
Come on Remy
Saturday 10 p.m.
Ali Al Sayed
Come on Remy