It’s peace through laughter in Arabs Gone Wild ‘Comedy Revolution Tour’ stopping by La Jolla Comedy Store
The Arabs Gone Wild stand-up comedy tour, which played to sold-out shows last year across the country, is on a five-city tour that includes a stop at the La Jolla Comedy Store on March 31.
“We named this year’s tour ‘The Comedy Revolution Tour’ in light of what is going on in the Middle East and because we are hoping to cause a comedy revolution in the U.S.,” joked co-headliner Dean Obeidallah, one of the stars of the Comedy Central “Axis of Evil” stand-up special. Obeidallah also serves as the co-producer of both The Amman Stand-Up Comedy Festival (the Middle East’s first and only annual stand-up comedy festival) and the annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.
Obeidallah said the show will tackle everything from politics to pop culture, as well as Arab issues like “Arab time,” (why Arabs are always late for everything) and “Dating while Arab,” with an overall goal of using comedy to combat negative misconceptions and Islamaphobia.
“You don’t have to be of Arab heritage to enjoy the comedy; the jokes are written for everyone to understand – even ‘white people,’ ” quipped co-headliner Maysoon Zayid, a Palestinian-American comedian who has appeared in the movie “You Don’t Mess with the Zohan,” the PBS special “Muslim Comics Come of Age” and Comedy Central’s “The Watch List.” She co-produces the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival with Obeidallah.
“ ‘Arabs Gone Wild’ is not just a stand-up show, it’s a party,” insisted co-headliner Aron Kader, an Arab-American comedian and one of the stars of “Axis of Evil” and “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen.”
Special guest Arab-American comedians will join the tour in each city.
If you go
What: Arabs Gone Wild “Comedy Revolution Tour”
When: 8 p.m. Thursday, March 31
Where: The La Jolla Comedy Store, 916 Pearl St.
Contact: (858) 454-9176. http://www.comedystorelajolla.com/buy-tickets.html
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