Cultural Ambassadors

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Aron Kader


Comedian/writer Aron KaderAron Kader "The problem in the Middle East," says Aron Kader, "is that the Jews and the Arabs both think they're God's chosen people. They're in the desert! Maybe the people in Hawaii or Samoa are the chosen people—ever think of that?" Aron Kader would like to thank his Palestinian father and Mormon mother for giving him so many reasons to be a comedian. Raised in the Washington D.C. area Aron (or Haroun) moved away to Hollywood at nineteen years old to pursue comedy and acting. Aron spent a year in the legendary sketch theatre "The Groundlings" Sunday company, and now performs regularly in Hollywood at his home club, The Comedy Store. He has been featured in the The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek magazine, and many other national publications. He was a stand out at the HBO U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, and received stellar reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival last year. Lately he has been on the "Axis of Evil" comedy tour, with Ahmed Ahmed and Maz Jobrani. Visit Aron's site.

Maz Jobrani

Maz JobraniMaz Jobrani has been touring the world with his latest show, the "Brown & Friendly Comedy Tour." He stars in the upcoming series "Funny in Farsi" based on the book by Firouzeh Dumas, and was a regular cast member on the ABC comedy show "The Knights of Prosperity." In 2005 Maz was a regular on the Fox sitcom "Life on a Stick." He also played Secret Service Agent "Mo" in "The Interpreter," the Sydney Pollack film starring Sean Penn and Nicole Kidman.

Maz is best known for his role as "Moly" in Ice Cube's "Friday After Next." He has also guest starred as "The Sikh" in "Curb Your Enthusiasm" along with several other guest stars on "Law and Order,""The West Wing,""NYPD Blue,""24,""Without a Trace,""Malcolm in the Middle," and many other shows. Maz played Glenn, Jennifer Garner's colleague, in last year's film "13 Going on 30."

Maz toured with Ahmed Ahmed and Aron Kader in "The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour" and has appeared in the Levantine series, Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief. Maz's sketch comedy work at the ACME Theater in Los Angeles has been called "devilishly funny" and "extraordinary" by the LA Weekly. Maz has been a moderator most recently with Levantine Cultural Center and the Iranian American Bar Association's program at the Mark Taper, Dismantling the Axis of Evil: Reforming Middle Eastern Representations in Hollywood. Visit Maz's site.

Ahmed Ahmed

Ahmed AhmedAhmed Ahmed is an Egyptian American comic whose penetrating insight into Arabs and the USA will leave you in stitches. He has been a cultural ambassador to the Levantine Cultural Center since 2003 when he and Aron Kader entertained audience members at the John Anson Ford Amphitheatre during "From Al-Andalus to Jerusalem." Winner of the Richard Pryor Award for Ethic Comedy, Ahmed has performed in the "Axis of Evil" Comedy Tour and at The Comedy Store. He has also appeared at world-famous comedy venues such as the Laugh Factory and The Improv, and he regularly tours the Middle East, doing stand-up comedy in cities like Beirut, Cairo, Dubai and even Riyadh. He has shared the stage with Vince Vaughn, Maz Jobrani and many others. Richard Pryor said of Ahmed, "he makes people confront their own racism and small minds—I see genius in this man."

Ahmed was born in Helwan, Egypt on June 27th, 1970. His parents immigrated to the U.S. when he was one month old and he grew up in Riverside, CA. He moved to Hollywood when he was 19 to pursue a career as an actor and stand-up comedian. He attended the American Academy of Dramatic Arts and studied with acting coaches Cliff Osmond, Ivana Chubbuck and Sandy Marshall.

He can be seen in such films and television shows as Iron Man, You Don't Mess With the Zohan, Swingers, Tracey Takes On, Roseanne, JAG, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn on Comedy Central, MTV's PUNK'D, and on the Fahrenheit 9/11 DVD bonus features performing stand-up comedy. He has also appeared on CNN, The View, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, and NPR, and was featured on the front page of the Wall Street Journal in December of 2001. Recently, he can be seen in the film City of Life, the first feature film to be shot entirely in Dubai, U.A.E., which will be premiering at the Dubai International Film Festival this year.

Currently he is bringing American stand-up comedy to Yemen for the first tiime ever, and his directorial debut, the documentary Just Like Us, comes out in 2010. Visit his website.