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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
Managing editor with realscreen publication, an international print and online magazine that covers the non-fiction film and television industries. Darah is an award-winning journalist who has spent over two decades covering a wide range of issues from real estate and urban development to immigration, politics and human rights, primarily with The Vancouver Sun. Prior to joining realscreen, she was editor of Stream Daily, realscreen's sister publication covering the dynamic global digital video industry. She also served a stint as a war reporter in Afghanistan for television and print, and was a national business blogger with Yahoo Canada.

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