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Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age

In the wake of 9/11, five Muslim American comics in New York were faced with a decision to take the safe route or take to the stage.
November 1, 2007


To quote the producers, when these comics ‘were advised to lay low, they all chose to stand up’ – and, ironically, do stand up. In the wake of 9/11, five Muslim American comics in New York were faced with a decision to take the safe route or take to the stage. All five chose the limelight, tackling stereotypes and political crisis the only way they know how – through comedy. Stand Up mixes comedy routines and first-person interviews to help give voice to a slice of American culture that has felt obligated to remain silent since 9/11. Plus, it’s just plain funny.
Partners: Potomac Media Works distributed through
APT Worldwide

Wrapped: Airing on PBS, TBD

Length: 60 minutes

Rights available: Worldwide, excluding the US

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news editor at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joined the RS team in 2015 with experience in journalism following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and with communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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