This group of Muslim stand-up comics are very funny.
The Comedians are:
- Negin Farsad, Persian, also director/Producer.
- Dean Abeidon, 1/2 Muslim, 1/2 Palestinian, director/producer
- Aaron Kader-Pasestinian/American, Muslim/Mormon
- Preacher Moss, funniest social commentator
- Kareem Omary 1/2 Peruvian 1/2 Syrian
- Maysoon Zayid, Palestinian activist
- Omar Elba, Egyptian
These comedians go out on the road to entertain and inform.
Locations they perform in seem chosen carefully. The group is touring the South and the Southwest.
The South is a totally different world. Just like every place has its own flavor, the Southern part of the U.S. have characters that don't care for Muslims.
This tour is all about showing the American people what a real Muslim looks like. It actually worked pretty well.
They hit Lawrenceville, Ga., Gainsville, Fla.and Tupelo, Miss. They took a turn and went to the Southwest, to Arizona and Utah.
Along the way there were comments from the public. The comedy troupe set up special events to encourage comments and questions. There were events such as Bowling with a Muslim, hug a Muslim, ask a Muslim a question and name that religion.
Some of the questions that the group were asked included questions about Sharia Law. This is probably one of the hottest buttons to Americans. Allow me to stop here and make sure it is understood that these comedians ARE Americans. Nagin explained that the word Sharia means 'pathway.' It is also stated that Sharia Law cannot be put into place that is not mostly Muslims.
It is inevitable that 9-11 will come up. One woman wanted to know why Muslims don't come out against the terrorism. I wondered if this woman has ever attached CNN, FOX or gone online to see what is being talked about. Many Muslims were and are horrified that 9-11 happened. Many Muslims living in America were just like other Americans one day and public enemies the next.
While in Tennessee, the subject of the Mosque that was planned to be built came up.
There has been a Mosque there for 30-years. The mosque was too small for the growing congregation. This new Mosque was simply a replacement with more room. No terrorists were going to be trained there.
There is a similar situation near ground-zero where the group started from. In Manhattan, no one wanted a Mosque built down the street. But, the land belongs to Muslims who want to build a Mosque. Obviously, many people who live or work around the area don't want it there.
Other celebrities that speak on camera:
- Lewis Black
- David Cross
- Keith Ellison
- Janeane Garofalo
- Rachel Maddow
- Aasif Mandvi
- Soledad O'Brien
- Colin Quinn
- Russell Simmons
- Jon Stewart
- Cenk Uygur
- Ali Velshi
- Lizz Winstead
This documentary is impressive, the comedians are smart and informative. They literally put their safety on the line to educate people about what real Muslims look like and how they act. Wow, they act like Americans (the ones that aren't rude nor misinformed) , go figure.
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