Bridging a Gap Through Humor

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photoOver the past year, a number of Arab and Muslim comedians have sprung up on stages across the country, capitalizing on the public's increased awareness of their religion and culture. Jokes about burkas, the Taliban and racial profiling are being used to puncture stereotypes, tackle hate and ease tensions. One year after Rudy Giuliani stepped on the Saturday Night Live stage and asked "Can we be funny again?" we talk with Arab and Muslim comedians about bridging a gap through humor.


Ray Hanania, A Palestinian-American writer and author turned stand-up comedian

Azhar Usman, A Chicago-based Indian-Muslim stand up comedian

Maz Jobrani, A Los Angeles based Iranian-American Muslim actor and stand up comedian.

This program aired on September 27, 2002.


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