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New York Arab American Comedy Festival Coming to the City This November
October 23, 2023, 6:07.03 pm ET


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The New York Arab American Comedy Festival is celebrating its 20th Anniversary with a national tour. Both hilarious and deeply impactful, the festival was founded by comedians and news personalities Maysoon Zayid and Dean Obeidallah. The NYAACF 20th Anniversary Tour is presented by the Doris Duke Foundation (DDF) as part of their Building Bridges Program. For two decades, the festival has upheld its commitment to combating negative media portrayals of Arab Americans and Muslims, while showcasing the incredible talent within the community and fostering connections with industry professionals.

Maysoon Zayid

Known for being a launchpad for emerging comedians, festival alumni include Ramy Youssef, Tony Shaloub, Mo Amer, CNN's Pete Dominick and Tony Nominee Omar Metwally. For the New York shows November 16-19, comedians performing at Gotham Comedy Club and Town Hall include Maysoon Zayid, Dean Obeidallah, Eman Morgan, Mohanad Elshieky, Dave Merheje, Atheer Yacoub, Aron Kader, Laura Laham and Nataly Aukar.

November 16 - 18 at New York City's renowned Gotham Theatre
November 19 at the iconic 1,500 seat Town Hall on Broadway

Tickets are available for purchase at