If you love to laugh, you'll dig this show with its satirical insights on the Middle East and fresh perspectives on American and Middle Eastern life. Stars Omar Elba, Sammy Obeid, Mona Shaikh, Marie-Therese Abou-Daoud, Paul Elia and Sheno Khal. The Sultans of Satire is the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up comedy show in the U.S. Features some of the best young stand-up comedians today who just happen to be of Arab, Lebanese, Palestinian, Egyptian, Pakistani heritage from diverse faiths. Tickets/info 323.413.2001. It's all happening at the Levantine Café on Pico. Seating limited to 50 per show (doors 8:00 pm, show at 8:30 pm, intermission at 9:45 pm). Advance reservations strongly suggested, or get tix online above.
Please note, there is a 1-drink or 1-food item minimum in the café during comedy performances.
The popular and long-running Sultans of Satire show has been a monthly feature at the world-famous Laugh Factory and Improv comedy clubs in L.A. Many of the most celebrated Arab and Iranian comedians in the world have been members of the Sultans cast. These comedians have been called "hilarious" and "politically incorrect," and have been widely covered in the media—from the Los Angeles Times to Fox News, the Daily Pilot, the L.A. Weekly, Persian Mirror, NPR, BBC and the Press-Enterprise. Read a recent Huffington Post article.
The Sultans of Satire have performed together since November 2005 in shows throughout Southern California and across the country. These performances help break barriers and decrease the persistent post-9/11 Arabo- and Islamophobia. Cast members represent the Abrahamic faiths of Islam, Judaism, Christianity and more than a dozen cultures of the Middle East/North Africa.
MARIE-THERESE ABOU-DAOUD was born in NYC to parents from Egypt, Lebanon and Palestine. After years of writing, acting and living in NYC, she made her way to Los Angeles and has decided this weather suits her Middle Eastern blood better than thermals and frostbite. Doing stand up for five years now, she's had the pleasure of performing with Arabs Gone Wild, at the NY Arab American Comedy Festival, was the Associate Producer and performed in The LA Middle Eastern Comedy Festival and in 2010 was the only female finalist in the Amman Stand Up Comedy Festival. You can catch her every Wednesday night hosting an open mic downtown at The Redwood Bar.
SHENO KHAL is a Sacramento native of Palestinian decent, pursuing a career in stand-up comedy, writing, and filmmaking. A relative comedic newcomer, Sheno has already made a name for himself opening for headliners such as Finesse Mitchell from Saturday Night Live and Kabeezy of The Outsourced Comedy Tour. He is a paid regular at Tommy T's comedy club in Sacramento and can often be found tearing up the stage at the Sacramento Comedy Spot, for both stand up and improv. He plans on continuing his passion for comedy in the Los Angeles area and beyond. This is Sheno's second Sultans appearance. Watch a clip!
OMAR ELBA is an Egyptian-born actor/comic living in Los Angeles, California. He is currently on the SHOWTIME Comedy Special, ‘Legally Brown', and can soon be seen on NBC alongside John Stewart, Lewis Black and Janeane Garofolo in the upcoming documentary, ‘The Muslims Are Coming!' Having lived in Egypt, Europe and the U.S., his material appeals to a wide variety of audiences. His experiences and interactions with people from all over the globe, from the street vendors of Cairo to the gun-totin' cowboys of Texas, have given Omar the unique insight into all types of crazy this world has to offer. His ability to mimic voices and mannerisms brings these characters to life in hilarious impressions. Visit his site.
PAUL ELIA Raised in Detroit Michigan, Paul's career started as a stand-in for Michael Imperioli onDetroit 187. During the show, Paul learned about the craft of acting from watching Imperioli on a day to day basis. After the show was canceled, Paul moved to Los Angeles to pursue his career as an actor. Paul jumped right into the business and has acted in several films in the California area. During this time, he found his way to an open mic and began doing stand up. Paul has performed in almost every club in Los Angeles and other surrounding areas. Watch his comedy reel!
MONA SHAIKH, a tomboy who grew up in Pakistan with four older brothers and as the only girl in the family, knew her passion and purpose in life at the age of 8 after seeing her favorite Bollywood actress, Madhuri Dixit, entertaining her audience with her wit, charm and beauty. However her conservative Pakistani Muslim upbringing would prevent her dream from becoming a reality for another 10 years. At the age of 18, Mona rebelled and found her freedom when she moved out of her family home in New Jersey and moved to the Big Apple to pursue her lifelong dream. Being a New York actor, she discovered the wonders of theatre and loved being a stage actress. After landing numerous stage gigs she was no longer limited to theatre but ended up becoming the global face of Kodak, a pharmacist for Walmart, an Indian mom for Cablevision and a businesswoman for Deutsche Bank, in addition to acting in various independent feature and short films. She performed her first open mic at Comix Comedy Club in NYC. She not only fell in love with stand-up there and then-she also brought the house down which marked the beginning of her stand-up career. Mona arrived in L.A. in January of 2011. She has since appeared on 90.7 KPFK as a female Muslim comic sounding off on the current Libya/Syria situation and has been performing stand-up all over town at Flappers Comedy Club and The Laugh Factory to name a few. With half her life spent in a prominent conservative Muslim household, and the second half lived as an independent woman immersed in American entertainment and culture, Mona has a unique perspective on the contrast and conflicts between both worlds. Her sense of humor integrates her unique perspective on religion, sex, politics and her personal life experiences into a blend that is all her own. Visit muslimsdoitbetter.com.
SAMMY OBEID Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American born in Oakland California, Sammy Obeid graduated from UC Berkeley with a 3.9 GPA double major in Business and Applied Mathematics and then realized he was actually meant to do comedy. Oops. Recently appearing on NBC's America's Got Talent, advancing to the Las Vegas round, Sammy's style has been described as ‘intelligent', ‘inspiring', and ‘a youthful perspective that reaches all ages.' As the youngest member both of the national tours, CoExist Comedy and the Axis of Evil New Generation, Sammy has worked with Robin Williams, Russel Peters, Dana Carvey and more. He is also the founder of his own comedy enterprise, KO Comedy, as well as the first comedian to ever appear on the Food Network telling jokes. Watch his reel!