Posted on June 29, 2016 in Press Releases


June 29, 2016

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Media Advisory

“Banned: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans & American Muslims”

Comes to 2016 Republican National Convention

Washington, DC – On Tuesday, July 19, the Arab American Institute Foundation will host “Banned: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans and American Muslims” comedy show at Cleveland’s historic Hanna Theatre. Featuring nationally known comedians Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid, the event will use humor to break down cultural barriers and celebrate commonalities. RNC delegates will also be able to meet and mingle with Arab American Clevelanders during this event. 

Dean Obeidallah, is the host of the new daily SiriusXm radio program "The Dean Obeidallah show". Dean, a one-time practicing attorney, co-directed and co-produced the award-winning documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” which uses comedy to counter anti-Muslim bigotry, and co-starred in Comedy Central's "Axis of Evil" Special. He writes weekly for and is a columnist with The Daily Beast. Dean has also appeared on Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show,” “Comics Unleashed,” ABC’s “The View,”  and is a frequent commentator for CNN and MSNBC.

Maysoon Zayid, had the number one TED Talk of 2014. She has performed at top clubs nationwide and has also performed stand-up in the Arab world, “uncensored and uncovered,” to broad acclaim. Maysoon was a full-time on-air contributor on “Countdown with Keith Olbermann, starred in Oprah Winfrey Network’s “In Deep Shift,” and has appeared on “The Queen Latifah Show”, and in Adam Sandler’s You Don’t Mess with the Zohan. Maysoon lives with Cerebral Palsy and is a passionate disability advocate. She is currently working with screenwriter Lindsey Beer to turn her story into an anthology series she will star in titled “If I Can Can.”

Playhouse Square is the largest performing arts center outside New York attracting more than one million guests each year. This not-for-profit leader in arts education includes ten performance spaces including the Hanna Theatre. Built in the 1920s, this historic district nearly met the wrecking ball but was saved by a grass-roots effort and brought back to life.  


WHAT: Banned: Dangerously Funny Arab Americans & American Muslims” Comedy show for RNC Delegates

WHEN: Tuesday, July 19, 2016; 4-5PM; Doors open 3PM

WHERE: Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square, 2067 E 14th St, Cleveland


RSVP: RSVP required:


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A not-for-profit affiliate of AAI, the Arab American Institute Foundation’s goal is to encourage, recognize, and celebrate Arab American participation in American civic life, and to cultivate and mobilize a strong, educated, empowered Arab American community that can play a meaningful role in the betterment of our country. AAIF’s programming provides communities with the platform and hard data necessary to strategically and successfully combat xenophobia, and anti-Arab and anti-Muslim bigotry. Through its numerous outreach programs AAIF builds leadership skills among students and young professionals and informs the public, government agencies, and organizations about the contributions and concerns of Arab Americans.