Award Winning Arab-American Comedian's New One Man Show is a Plea for Peace in the Middle East

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As War in the Middle East Rages Out of Control, Arab-American Comedian Dean Obeidallah Hopes to Encourage More Talk of Peace Through his One Man Show "I Come in Peace" opening in NYC on August 11, 2006

“The goal of my one man show is to let my fellow Americans know that Arab-Americans don’t support the killing of innocent people on either side of the current conflict,” explains Dean Obeidallah, whose one man show “I Come in Peace,” debuts in the NY Fringe Festival on August 11, 2006. “We hope that Arab-Americans can live in peace here in the US and we pray that our relatives in the Middle East can live in peace as well.”

I Come in Peace is being staged for the first time as part of the 2006 the New York International Fringe Festival (, and is being produced by the critically acclaimed New York Arab-American Comedy Festival. (

The play chronicles the life of Dean Obeidallah as an Arab-American trying to survive in the post-9/11 world. It is as much about his own personal experience as it as about the collective experience of the entire Arab-American community.

“I used to be a white guy before 9/11, but not anymore,” declares Obeidallah. “White people are never racially profiled in America, but I can tell you Arab-Americans definitely are.”

A former attorney turned stand up comic, Obeidallah is widely recognized as one of the top Arab-American comics in the country. He has appeared on numerous national and international television programs including Comedy Central’s “Tough Crowd,” CNN’s “American Morning,” CNN International’s “Inside the Middle East,” ABC News, and MSNBC. Dean recently was awarded the “Bill Hicks Spirit Award” for “Thought provoking comedy” by the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ family. His writing has been featured on Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update and CBS’ “Late, Late Show.” More recently, he and close friend Emmy award winning comedy writer Max Brooks are co-producing a new show for Comedy Central’s Internet network entitled, The Watch List, which will mark the first program in American entertainment history to star all Middle Eastern-American comics. Dean is also the co-founder and co-executive producer of the critically acclaimed NY Arab-American Comedy Festival ( and co-creator of “Stand up for Peace” which he performs with Jewish-American comic Scott Blakeman across the country. Dean has performed comedy at colleges and clubs across the country as well as in the Middle East in Beirut, Ramallah, Haifa and Dubai.

Show Length: 50m Comedy Solo Show

Show website:

Dean Obeidallah’s website:

Show dates and times:

FRIDAY, 8/11 @ 7:15 PM

SATURDAY, 8/12 @ 3:15 PM

WED NESDAY, 8/16 @ 8:15 PM

SATURDAY, 8/19 @ 2:15 PM

WEDNESDAY, 8/23 @ 5:15 PM


The Flea Theater, 41 White Street, between Broadway and Church Streets. (212) 226-0051; Website:


Go on sale on July 30, 2006

$15 each

Can be purchased through The FringeNY website:
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9am to 7pm every day

inside NY: 212.279.4488 (Credit Card Only)

outside NY: 1-888-FringeNYC (Credit Card Only)

Written and Performed by Dean Obeidallah

Directed and Developed by Negin Farsad

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