Mo Amer and Azhar Usman

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Mo Amer is a bona fide headliner, an established standup comedian from Houston, Texas, who has been called ‘the Arab-American Bill Cosby.’ In the classic storyteller tradition, Mo is the rare standup gem who started performing standup in high school while still in his mid-teens. Now in his early 30s, he has been a standup comic for more than half of his life, racking up years of experience touring literally across the world, with an impressive global and national standup resume. He has performed in over two dozen countries on five continents—as the first and only Arab-American refugee comic to perform for U.S. and coalition troops overseas, as well as with “Allah Made Me Funny—The Official Muslim Comedy Tour.” He has performed on some of the most prestigious stages in the world, including at: Royal Albert Hall and Hammersmith-Apollo (London); Acer Arena (Sydney); Nelson Mandela Theatre (Johannesburg); Shrine Auditorium (Los Angeles); as well as at the Las Vegas Comedy Festival, the Malmo Arts Festival (Sweden), Amman Comedy Festival (Jordan), and the World’s Funniest Island Festival (Australia). He has been interviewed on television and radio dozens of times, including on NPR, BBC, and CNN. In 2012, he was selected as a finalist in the NBC Standup for Diversity national showcase.
      Mo Amer’s work promotes art and understanding between the diverse cultures of the world, and his ethnic and family background uniquely situate him to speak from the heart about the absurd problems of religion, terror, and the politics of our age—through the lens of honest, endearing, personal stories about his family and himself. Mo’s solo show, entitled “Legally Homeless-Trials of a Refugee,” is presently in development for a feature length docu-comedy. He is also co-writing a feature screenplay with award-winning filmmaker Iman Zawahry and longtime standup collaborator, Azhar Usman. He and Usman are also developing multiple television projects, with American and international production partners. In early 2013, Mo became the first ever Arab-American performer on the iconic Egyptian satire show “El Bernameg with Bassem Youssef,” which is widely regarded as “The Daily Show” of the Middle East.

CNN called Azhar Usman “America’s Funniest Muslim.” The Indian-American standup comedian from Chicago has performed all over the planet and was named “one of the 500 most influential Muslims alive” by Georgetown University in 2009. As co-founder of “Allah Made Me Funny–The Official Muslim Comedy Tour,” Usman has a cult following and is widely regarded as a pioneer among Muslim comedians. He has appeared on television and radio many times and in a handful of independent films. Because of his professional background as an attorney, multi-faceted cultural exposure, and years of standup in front of brutally difficult and diverse “ethnic” audiences, Dave Chappelle once remarked “Azhar Usman is untouchable.” He and Mo Amer are principals of KALIJAGA MEDIA LLC, a startup production company focused on developing and producing original content, across all digital platforms.

Azhar will be bringing his original one-man show “ALMOST SOLD OUT” to New York City later this year.