Comedians

Ahmed, Ahmed

  • An Egyptian American comedian, Ahmed often addresses his Muslim heritage in his routines. He is perhaps best known for directing the award-winning documentary Just Like Us, which follows Ahmed and a group of fellow American comedians as they travel through the Middle East performing for Arab and Muslim audiences. He is also featured in the PBS Special, “STAND UP: Muslim American Comics Come of Age
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Chapelle, Dave

  • Chapelle, who converted to Islam in 1998, is a popular comedian best known for Comedy Central’s Chapelle’s Show, which aired 2003-2006. While his Muslim identity does not figure largely into his comedy, he has spoken publicly about his faith (most notably in a 2005 feature in Time).
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Farsad, Negin

  • A 2013 TED fellow who spoke about social justice comedy, Farsad co-directed and appeared in the documentary The Muslims Are Coming!, about American Muslim comedians.
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Hami, Tissa

Kader, Aron

  • A Palestinian-American comedian, Kader is among the featured comics in the comedy documentary The Muslims Are Coming!
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Mandvi, Aasif

  • An actor, playwright, and comedian, Mandvi was perhaps best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. His web-based comedy, Halal in the Family, received a Peabody Award in 2016.
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Minhaj, Hassan

  • Indian-American comic Minhaj is best known for his work as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s The Daily Show. He is also the author of a solo show, Homecoming King.
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Moss, Preacher.

Noorbakhsh, Zahra

  • This Muslim feminist Iranian-American comedian is the writer/performer of the solo shows All Atheists are Muslim and Hijab and Hammerpants.
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Obeidallah, Dean

Usman, Aazar

Zahr, Amer

  • An Arab-American comedian and bloggerof Palestinian descent, Zhar’s work is often political and addresses stereotypes of Muslims and Arabs.
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Zayid, Maysoon