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NYC’s Big Brown Comedy Hour //

01.22.10
bySeif Al-Din

Every few months, Dean Obeidallah gathers a group of Arab, Iranian and Desi comedians for the increasingly-infamous Big Brown Comedy Hour. It never starts on time, you can usually pick up a few side conversations in the crowd and it’s always packed and full of laughter. So it makes perfect sense.

Last night was no exception, as a sold-out Broadway Comedy Club saw both new and old faces, and heard some hilarious jokes. Check out the shots below, and don’t miss the next one if you’re in NYC.

Dean kicked it off and MC’d. When you’re laughing right away, you know a show’s off to a good start…

Dean Obeidallah

Said Durrah was hilarious. Airplane jokes you don’t normally hear from Arab comics, a phenomenal Louis Armstrong impersonation — we already can’t wait to see him again at Arabs Gone Wild next week in DC.

Said Durrah

One of Arab-American comedy’s OGs — Maysoon Zayid came with her usual hilarity and had the crowd laughing so hard at one point that Dean came running out of the back thinking he missed her last joke.

Maysoon Zayid

Baha Khalil comes to stage with an almost entirely new routine every time — we love him for it, and last night’s crowd certainly did, too. Click here for a taste of Baha’s style.

Baha Khalil

Half-Egyptian, half-Italian Joe Derosa proved why he belongs on Comedy Central’s roster.

Joe Derosa



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