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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
Barry Walsh is editor and content director for realscreen, and has served as editor of the publication since 2009. With a career in entertainment media that spans two decades, prior to realscreen, he held the associate editor post for now defunct sister publication Boards, which focused on the advertising and commercial production industries. Before Boards, he served as editor of Canadian Music Network, a weekly music industry trade, and as music editor for HMV.com. As content director, he also oversees the development of content for the brand's market-leading events, the Realscreen Summit and Realscreen West, as well as new content initiatives.

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