The Arabs Gone Wild stand-up comedy tour - which played to sold-out shows last year across the US - heads out on a five-city tour from March 19 through April 1 with shows in Chicago, Dearborn, San Francisco, San Diego and Los Angeles. The shows are part of The Arabs Gone Wild Comedy Revolution Tour 2011.
“We named this year’s tour The Comedy Revolution Tour in light of what is going on in Middle East and because we are hoping to cause a comedy revolution in the US, ” jokes co-headliner and co-producer Dean Obeidallah.
The show will tackle everything from politics to pop culture as well as “Arabs issues” like “Arab time” (why Arabs are always late for everything) to “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,’” quips co-headliner Maysoon Zayid.
“Arabs Gone Wild is not just a stand-up show, it’s a party,” adds co-headliner Aron Kader. T
he tour features three headlining comedians: Dean Obeidallah who was one of the stars of the critically-acclaimed Comedy Central Axis of Evil stand-up TV special. He has also appeared twice on ABC’s The View, as well as on CNN, PBS, Fox News, and he 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 NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. (www.deanofcomedy.com )
Palestinian-American comedian Maysoon Zayid has appeared in the hit movie You Don’t Mess with the Zohan, as well as PBS one-hour special Muslim Comics Come of Age, Comedy Central’s The Watch List, MTV and is the co-producer alongside Dean of the annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. (www.maysoon.com )
The third headliner is hilarious Arab-American comedian Aron Kader, one of the stars of Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil stand-up TV special. He has appeared on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, CNN and has performed comedy across the Middle East. (www.aronkader.com )
Special guest Arab-American comedians will join the tour in each city. For more details, please visit: www.arabsgonewild.com.
The tour is produced in association with the NY Arab-American Comedy Festival. (www.arabcomedy.org )
March 19, 2011- Chicago Center for the Performing Arts
7:30 and 9:30 p.m.
777 North Green Street, Chicago, IL 60642
Tickets: 312-733-6000 or http://theaterland.thundertix.com
March 20, 2011 - The Henry Ford Community College Auditorium
7 and 9 p.m. 5101 Evergreen Road, Dearborn, MI 48128
March 24 through Sunday, March 27, 2011 - Cobb’s Comedy Club
Thursday – Sunday 8 p.m., with additional 10:15 p.m. shows Friday and Saturday 915
Columbus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94133
Tickets: 415-928-4320 or http://www.cobbscomedyclub.com/calendar.html
March 31, 2011 - The Comedy Store La Jolla/San Diego
916 Pearl Street, La Jolla, CA 92037
Tickets: 858-454-9176 or http://www.comedystorelajolla.com/buy-tickets.html
April 1, 2011 - The Comedy Store LA
8 and 10 p.m.
8433 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90069
Tickets: 800-838-3006 or http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/158221