Running July 21-23rd in New York City, the “Muslim Funny Fest” is said to be the first comedy festival featuring Muslim-only talent. The festival’s organizers/comics, Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid, say no subject is off limits. Headliners also include Ali Al Sayed (a well known comic from Dubai) and Preacher Moss (founder of the “Allah Made Me Funny” comedy tour).
“Once the audience sees the warmth and humor and sincerity of these comedians… it breaks down all the stereotypes. It becomes a comedy show, rather than a Muslim comedy show,” says Eric Hanson, manager of the Broadway Comedy Club.