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Dean Obeidallah

Multifaceted Palestinian-American Talent

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Date of Birth:

1969

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Lodi, New Jersey, USA

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Why Featured?

Bridging Cultures Through Humor

Brief bio

Dean Obeidallah is a distinguished Palestinian-American lawyer, comedian, and journalist, celebrated for his work in using comedy as a means to educate, entertain, and foster understanding between different cultural and religious groups. Born in New Jersey to a Palestinian father and an Italian-American mother, Dean has carved a unique niche for himself in the entertainment industry, blending his rich cultural heritage with his passion for social justice and political engagement.

Major Milestones

Contributions

  • Legal to Comedy Transition: Transitioned from practicing law to pursuing comedy in the mid-1990s, initially participating in a "funniest lawyer contest" suggested by his law firm colleagues.

  • Education: Graduated with a J.D. from Fordham Law School and practiced law from 1996-2000 before fully dedicating himself to comedy and writing.

  • Media Presence: Became a prominent figure on SiriusXM with "The Dean Obeidallah Show" and a regular contributor to CNN.com Opinion, MSNBC Daily, and Salon.com...See More

  • Documentary Work: Co-directed and co-produced "The Muslims Are Coming!" a comedy documentary aiming to counter anti-Muslim bigotry through humor and dialogue.

  • Community Engagement: Co-founded the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival and "Stand Up for Peace," fostering understanding between Muslim and Jewish-Americans.

  • Advocacy Through Comedy: Utilizes stand-up comedy to challenge stereotypes and promote understanding between Arab-Americans, Muslims, and broader communities.

  • Journalism: Contributes thought-provoking articles on political and social issues, emphasizing the Palestinian perspective and advocating for social justice.

  • Film and Documentary: Through "The Muslims Are Coming!", Dean engages with sensitive topics, using comedy to bridge gaps and foster dialogue.

  • Cultural Festivals: His involvement in founding the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival showcases Arab-American talents, promoting diversity in the entertainment industry.

  • Educational Initiatives: "Stand Up for Peace" aims at peace-building and fostering understanding through humor, demonstrating the power of comedy in social activism.

Date of Last Update: 
February 4, 2024

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