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Los Angeles - Middle Eastern Comedy Festival

Middle-Eastern-Comedy-Festival-2010-iOctober 4-7 2010

A Persian, an Israeli, and an Arab walk into a comedy club…find out what happens at the second-annual Middle Eastern Comedy Festival.

Join us for the best Middle Eastern writers, actors, directors, comedians, and celebrate in a rich and undiscovered culture of comedy.

Lebanese, Syrian, Persian, Israeli, Egyptian, Afghani, Armenian, the list goes on and on.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Middle Eastern Comedy Festival is to gather and showcase the most talented actors, writers, directors and comedians of Middle Eastern heritage with the purpose of:

1. Dispelling negative stereotypes of Middle Easterners in film, television and other media;

2. Providing opportunities for Middle Eastern talent to further their careers in the entertainment industry, with the long-term goal of ensuring a more balanced view of Middle Easterners;

3. Instilling pride within Middle Eastern communities across the country and educating American and global audiences about our rich and diverse cultures;

4. Bridging inter-cultural gaps between Middle Eastern communities within the United States and abroad;

5. Providing audiences of all backgrounds with an entertaining, memorable and fun-filled experience.

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Monday, October 4

Brown Carpet Stand-Up Comedy Gala for Charity.

Don’t miss the star-studded opening night of the second-annual Middle Eastern Comedy Festival, and share our culture and heritage through fun, original humor that EVERYONE can relate to. The Gala will feature some of the top Middle Eastern stand-up comedians!

Opening Night Comedians:

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K-Von (MTV’s Disaster Date)

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Ronnie Khalil (You Can’t Kill Stephen King!, CNN

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Ari Shaffir (HBO’s Down and Dirty)

Maria Shehata (Showtime’s Bridging the Gap

Maria Shehata (Showtime’s Bridging the Gap

Max Amini (Heroes, Mind of Mencia)

Max Amini (Heroes, Mind of Mencia)

Amir K (NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity)

Amir K (NBC's Stand-Up for Diversity)

Eman Morgan (Showtime’s Bridging the Gap)

Eman Morgan (Showtime’s Bridging the Gap)

Mike Batayeh (You Don’t Mess with Zohan, Sleeper Cell)

Mike Batayeh (You Don’t Mess with Zohan, Sleeper Cell)

Doors at 7:30 p.m., Gala begins promptly at 8:00 p.m., AMERICAN time!

Laugh Factory
8001 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood
Tickets: $25 General Admission, or $35 for VIP

Tickets for our Opening Night Gala

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Tuesday & Wednesday , October 5 & 6

Sketch Nights: The Wizard of Oz-lamabad…and Other Fine Farces

Join us for two shows each night with the best selection of comedic theater and SNL style sketch comedy written and performed by the best Middle Eastern talent, interspersed with even more stand-up comedy!

Sketch Night Directors

 Amir Arison (Vamps)

Amir Arison (Vamps)

Bethany Geaber (Criminal Minds)

Bethany Geaber (Criminal Minds)

 Patrick Cavanaugh (Mad Men)

Patrick Cavanaugh (Mad Men)

 Ronnie Khalil (You Can’t Kill Stephen King!)

Ronnie Khalil (You Can’t Kill Stephen King!)

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Ryan P. Shrime (The Unit)

Sketch Night Performers

Aline Elasmar (Huge)

Aline Elasmar (Huge)

Amro Salama (Modern Family)

Amro Salama (Modern Family)

Ashley Adler (Gym Rats)

Ashley Adler (Gym Rats)

Bethany Geaber (Criminal Minds)

Bethany Geaber (Criminal Minds)

Charles Marina (Beirut...Hide & Seek)

Charles Marina (Beirut...Hide & Seek)

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an Alemshah (Emergency Room 2)

Jay Ali (Rizzoli & Isles)

Jay Ali (Rizzoli & Isles)

Maz Siam (Nude Nuns with Big Guns)

Maz Siam (Nude Nuns with Big Guns)

Meena Dimian (Freedomless)

Meena Dimian (Freedomless)

Parisa Fakhri (House)

Parisa Fakhri (House)

Ronnie Khalil (You Can’t Kill Stephen King!)

Ronnie Khalil (You Can’t Kill Stephen King!)

Ryan P. Shrime (The Unit

Ryan P. Shrime (The Unit

 Tamara Dhia (Transient)

Tamara Dhia (Transient)

Ursula Taherian (My Uncle Rafael)

Ursula Taherian (My Uncle Rafael)

Wissam Saliba (Angels be thy Devil's Prey)

Wissam Saliba (Angels be thy Devil's Prey)

Sketch Night Comedians

Tuesday Early Show

Matthew Nouriel

Matthew Nouriel

Tuesday Late Show:

Dana Nasser, Gulden

Dana Nasser, Gulden

Wednesday Early Show

Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Amir Talai

Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud, Amir Talai

Wednesday Late Show

Charles Marina, Nidhal Abaza

Charles Marina, Nidhal Abaza

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 5 & 6 – 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
(Two Shows Each Night!)

Acme Comedy Theatre
135 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Tickets: $15 online, $18 at the door.

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Thursday, October 7

Closing Night Showcase, Shenanigans and Shameless Shindiggery!
(i.e. Awesome Show and Closing Party!)

A perfect bookend to the Festival, featuring our full sketch show as well as even more stand-up comedy. Tickets to this show include a VIP pass to our closing party. Come join the cast and crew to unwind, celebrate and tell us how brilliant we are!

Closing Night Sketch Show: same as the line-up above for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Closing Night Comedians

Jimmy Goson (Kennedy Center)

Jimmy Goson (Kennedy Center)

Noël Elgrably (Sultans of Satire)

Noël Elgrably (Sultans of Satire)

Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud (NBC Diversity Showcase Finalist)

Marie-Thérèse Abou-Daoud (NBC Diversity Showcase Finalist)

Ahmed Ahmed (Just Like Us, Axis of Evil, Comedy Central)

Ahmed Ahmed (Just Like Us, Axis of Evil, Comedy Central)

Acme Comedy Theatr
135 N. La Brea Ave, Los Angeles

Showcase Begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets: $19 online, $22 at the door. Ticket price includes free admission to the afterparty with ticket stub! Afterparty Location TBD. To purchase tickets for our Closing Night Sketch and Stand-Up Showcase and afterparty, click here:

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Sponsors

KPCC 89.3 Southern California Public Radio
Disney | ABC Television Group
Fox Entertainment Group
University of Southern California

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