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.
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Wrapped: Airing on PBS, TBD
Length: 60 minutes
Rights available: Worldwide, excluding the US