Mo Amer

Mo Amer

Standup Comedian | Writer | Producer

As a bona fide headliner, MO AMER has already cemented his stature as a pioneer of Arab-American standup, a truly original voice in comedy today. Dave Chappelle regularly invites him to tour as his opening act, which Mo is able to do while he is not touring the world himself.

Mo hilariously reveals his life’s curious tale, including how he managed to travel the world without a passport, was held at gunpoint by an American soldier in Iraq, and once had Bradley Cooper (unintentionally) save him from a sticky situation in Kuwait. Mo has performed in over two dozen countries on five continents––including 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.”With parents from Palestine, born in Kuwait, and raised in Houston, Texas, his entire life has provided fodder for hilarious–and at times heartbreaking–personal stories.

In addition to his work as a performer, Mo has also co-written an original screenplay, and is presently in development on his first solo comedy special, working with long-time standup collaborator Azhar Usman, through their jointly owned production entity, KALIJAGA MEDIA LLC.

He has appeared on television several times, starred in a handful of independent films, and has been interviewed by over 100 major world media outlets, including The New York TimesRolling Stone, and The Guardian. Notably, he was also featured on the historic ‘Al-Bernameg with Bassem Youssef’ (The Daily Show of Egypt) as the only Arab-American comedian to appear on the mega hit show.

His website is www.funnyarab.com, his Facebook Fan Page is facebook.com/realmoamer, and he tweets @realmoamer. 

 

“THIS IS WHERE MAINSTREAM AMERICA MEETS ISLAM, NOT WITH CONFLICT BUT WITH LAUGHTER.”— BBC

“ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY IS FUNNY … A REFRESHING, RESPECTFUL, AND IRREVERENT LOOK AT RELIGION.”— THE INDEPENDENT (UK)

“…ACHIEVES ITS DECLARED PURPOSE.”— THE GUARDIAN (UK)

“…FROM THE PLAYS OF ANCIENT ATHENIAN ARISTOPHANES TO MODERN-DAY STAND-UP COMICS SUCH AS PRYOR OR CHRIS ROCK. ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY CONTINUE IN THIS VEIN.”— SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (AUSTRALIA)

“…AN ANTIDOTE TO THE FEAR AND MYSTIQUE THAT SURROUNDS THE MUSLIM COMMUNITY.”— THE AGE (AUSTRALIA)

“THERE IS MORE TO THEIR ACT THAN RELIGION.”— THE AUSTRALIAN

“ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY IS STRIKING THAT RAW NERVE THAT MANY COMEDIANS FEAR TO APPROACH.”— THE COURIER-MAIL (CANADA)

“TOURING TRIO PROVES COMEDY WITH CONSCIENCE CAN STILL BE FUNNY.”— TORONTO STAR (CANADA)

“A PIONEERING MUSLIM COMEDY SHOW.”— DAILY NEWS & ANALYSIS (INDIA)

“ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY: NEXT CULT HIT?”— REDIFF INDIA ABROAD

“NICE ONE, YOU MIGHT THINK — BUT ARE THEY FUNNY? ACTUALLY, YES.”— THE SUNDAY TIMES (UK)

“THE BUTT OF THEIR JOKES? THEMSELVES. NOTHING IS SACRED.”— THE NATIONAL (UNITED ARAB EMIRATES)

“… MORE LIKE A COMMUNITY PROJECT THAN A COMEDY SHOW.”— NEW ZEALAND HERALD

“AMAZING SUCCESS!”— ASIAN IMAGE (UK)

“SHOWS THE FUNNY SIDE OF ISLAM”— ABC (AUSTRALIA)

“WHY PEOPLE THINK MUSLIMS AREN’T FUNNY IS A MYSTERY.”— CITY PRESS (SOUTH AFRICA)

“THREE AMBASSADORS FOR AN ALTERNATIVE TYPE OF COMEDY—‘MUSLIM COMEDY.’”— THE TELEGRAPH (UK)

“THE SHOW PREMIERED … IN TORONTO, AND HAS SINCE PLAYED TO ENGLISH-SPEAKING AUDIENCES IN PLACES RANGING FROM SCOTLAND TO MALAYSIA, TURKEY TO DENMARK TO AUSTRALIA.”— CBC (CANADA)

“THE TITLE DOESN’T LIE.”— THE NEW YORK TIMES

“… IN DEFIANCE OF THE EXTREME VOICES THAT OVERPOWER THEIRS IN THE PUBLIC SQUARE.”— WASHINGTON POST

“BUT SERIOUSLY, FOLKS, THE ABILITY TO LAUGH AT ONE’S FAITH IS A SIGN OF GROWTH AND THEOLOGICAL MATURITY.”— USA TODAY

“THEIR RIMSHOT OBSERVATIONS DESERVE TO FIND A BROAD HEARTLAND AUDIENCE.”— THE BOSTON GLOBE

“MUSLIMS WITH A WICKED SENSE OF HUMOR.”— SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

“… A POPGUN SHOT ACROSS THE BOW IN THE CULTURE WARS.”— LOS ANGELES TIMES

“…ENTERTAINS AUDIENCES AROUND THE WORLD … AND HAS GOTTEN RAVE REVIEWS.”— NPR

“A MUSLIM-THEMED VARIATION ON THE ORIGINAL KINGS OF COMEDY.”— AV CLUB

“OUT TO PROVE ISLAM AND HUMOR DO MIX.”— CHICAGO SUN-TIMES

“…CULTURALLY BRIDGING IN ITS WAY.”— CHICAGO TRIBUNE

“[T]HREE STANDUP COMEDIANS WHO RIFF ON THE TRAVAILS OF BEING MUSLIM IN POST-9/11 AMERICA.”— THE DALLAS MORNING NEWS

“ALL THREE HAVE THE FUNDAMENTALS OF PERSONALITY, LIKEABILITY, AND SHOWMANSHIP.”— THE SEATTLE TIMES

“SUBJECTS MANY PEOPLE THINK ARE NO LAUGHING MATTER GET TREATED …”— VARIETY

“COMEDY IS THE TOOL AND COMMUNICATION IS THE KEY…”— TOLEDO BLADE

“…TESTING THE BOUNDARIES OF ISLAMIC HUMOR … AND THEIR WESTERN AUDIENCE’S TOLERANCE.”— PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER

“THE ROUTINES ARE CLEAN … WHICH IS REFRESHING AND SO OLD IT SEEMS NEW.”— SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER

“INSIDER-COOL AND OUTSIDER-FRIENDLY.”— THE VILLAGE VOICE

“THE BILL COSBY FORMULA…”— CHICAGO READER

“THEY HIT ALL THE THINGS TYPICAL COMEDIANS JOKE ABOUT—BUT WITH A DISTINCT CULTURAL FLARE.”— LAS VEGAS WEEKLY

“THEY JUST WRAPPED UP A TOUR OF SOLD-OUT SHOWS ON FIVE CONTINENTS.”— WBEZ

“THE WHOLE THING IS LIKE AN HBO COMEDY SPECIAL.”— LOS ANGELES CITYBEAT

“THE MUSLIM KINGS OF COMEDY.”— NEWSBLAZE

“… BUILDING BRIDGES OF UNDERSTANDING THROUGH HUMOR.”— SPIRITUALITY AND PRACTICE

“…CRISSCROSSING NORTH AMERICA, BRINGING BOTH LAUGHS AND INSIGHT.”— PHILADELPHIA WEEKLY

“… WHEN THE BIGOTRY AGAINST AND THE STEREOTYPING OF MUSLIMS GETS FOCUSED UPON, THE ROUTINES COME VIVIDLY ALIVE.”— CULTURE CATCH

“THE SHOW HAS A HUMAN MESSAGE.”— CHARLOTTE OBSERVER

“THEIR FAR-SIGHTED, NO-TABOO POLITICAL COMMENTARY COMES WRAPPED IN A FAMILY-FRIENDLY SHOW.”— PHILADELPHIA CITYPAPER

“…SENDING THE AUDIENCE INTO HYSTERICS.”— THE AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“…HAS A WAY OF TAKING A BITTER SUBJECT AND MAKING IT SWEET.”— THE BUFFALO NEWS

“… A FUTURE THAT SPANS BEYOND MUSLIM HUMOR.”— ST. PETERSBURG TIMES

“FOR THESE MUSLIM COMICS, LAUGHTER IS FUNDAMENTAL.”— SUN SENTINEL

“FAITHFULLY FUNNY.”— ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

“… A WAY TO OVERCOME STEREOTYPES.”— ATLANTA JOURNAL-CONSTITUTION

“… AN IMPORTANT STEP TOWARD BETTER UNDERSTANDING.”— HONOLULU ADVERTISER

“COMEDY WITH A CONSCIENCE”— FINAL CALL

“MISSION ACCOMPLISHED.”— THEATER HOPPER

“…MAY BE A GREAT REVELATION FOR BIBLE BELT CONSERVATIVES.”— AMC FILMCRITIC.COM

“THE NOTION BEING THAT MUSLIMS ARE STOIC AND DOUR AND NOT FUNNY IS IN FACT PUT TO REST HERE.”— BOX OFFICE MAGAZINE

“…THE COMIC STYLINGS OF ‘ALLAH MADE ME FUNNY: THE OFFICIAL MUSLIM COMEDY TOUR.’ WAS THIS FOR REAL?”— TIME

“…SOME OF THE MOST-TALKED-ABOUT COMEDIANS AMONG THE UP-AND-COMERS ON THE CLUB SCENE.”— NEWSWEEK

“… SHOWS THEY HAVE SPLENDIDLY ASSIMILATED TO THE AMERICAN TRADITION OF YOUTHFUL REBELLION.”— THE ECONOMIST

“A VALUABLE UNDERTAKING.”— NEW YORK MAGAZINE

“…USE HUMOR AND PERSONAL STORIES TO DEFANG RACISM AND ISLAMOPHOBIA.”— ILLUME MAGAZINE

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