A Comic’s Mission
What’s so funny about being Arab in America? It’s a question that Comedy Central’s Dean Obeidallah has been asking. And in his one man show entitled, "I Come in Peace," he examines his own life as an Arab-American since 9/11 to find out. The son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother, Obeidallah is co-founder of the New York Arab American Comedy Festival. Much of his recent work came out of a desire to combat the distortions and bigotry of the US media toward Arabs following 9/11. He’s taken his act to Jordan and throughout the Middle East, a comic missionary of sorts.