NYC PodFest Presents:
How to Be Amazing with Guest Host Dean Obeidallah
Sunday · April 9, 2017
Doors: 5:45 pm / Show: 6:00 pmThe Bell House
$20 adv / $25 dos
This event is 21 and over
*Due to an unforeseen family matter, Michael regrets not being able to host “How to Be Amazing” at NYCPodfest with guest Andy Borowitz. The audience will be in fantastic hands with the terrific Dean Obeidallah leading the proceedings, and Michael hopes everybody has a great time in his absence but not so great that they aren’t still a little bit bummed
**Please note that this event will be mixed seating/standing. Please arrive early for the best seat selection.https://www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1420100/
How does someone discover their passion and make it into a successful career? What career setbacks, failures and life experiences have molded the career of a thriving entrepreneur or award-winning actress? How does somebody go from being the class clown to head writer for The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon? What character traits are necessary to make it as a stand up comedian, theoretical physicist or bestselling author? Black’s natural inquisitiveness and straight-thinking interview style gets to the core of these questions, offering listeners a behind-the-scenes viewpoint and valuable advice, along with laugh-out-loud humor and first-rate entertainment.
Dean co-directed and co-produced the award winning documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film also features special guest interviews with various well known people including: “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and Assif Mandvi, Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien and Ali Velshi, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, comedians Lewis Black, David Cross, Lizz Winstead and Colin Quinn as well as Congressman Keith Ellison, and many more. The film is now available on Netfilx, iTunes and Amazon.
Dean co-created the comedy show “Stand up for Peace” along with Jewish comic Scott Blakeman which they perform at colleges across the country in support of peace in the Middle East and as a way of fostering understanding between Arab, Muslim and Jewish-Americans.
He is a also columnist for The Daily Beast and writes frequently for CNN.com as well as other publications.
Dean is the co-creator and co-producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival which will hold its 11th annual Festival October 30-November 1, 2014. He is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of The Amman Stand up Comedy Festival – the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East which took place in December 2008. The third annual Amman Festival was held December 4-10, 2010.
Dean has appeared on numerous international and national television and radio programs including CNN’s “What The Week,” “American Morning” and “The Situation Room,” CNN Headline News’ “The Joy Behar Show,” PBS’ “Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Nightline,” MSNBC, Current TV, HD’s “Dan Rather Reports,” NPR, Alhurra TV, Fox News’ “Geraldo at Large,” ABC’s “20/20,” Al Jazeera’s “Min Washington,” MBC’s morning show, “Democracy Now with Amy Goodman,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CNN International’s “Inside the Middle East.” In addition, he has been featured in various publications including Time magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. He has written jokes which have been featured on NBC’s “Saturday Night Live’s” Weekend Update segment and CBS’ “The Late, Late Show.”
Dean is proud to have received the first annual “Bill Hicks Spirit Award” for “thought provoking comedy” (named after the late comedian Bill Hicks) from the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ Family.
In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed in the Middle East in Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Qatar, and Dubai.
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