Dean Obeidalla: CNN’s In-House Comedian

Politics aside, Dean Obeidallah is very lame.  Check out his latest appearance on CNN.  We refuse to pretend a comedian is funny because he happens to be an Arab-American.  He is very unfunny, and if he was a true anti-Zionist, and a courageous voice for the cause of Palestine he would not be a regular guest on CNN.  Is the “Dean of comedy” willing to risk his “good Arab” designation and early afternoon CNN appearances?

Let’s hear Dean describe Israel as an illegitimate,  racist, colonial project that has no right to exist in Palestine.  Or perhaps he might be willing to reject the terrorist label placed on Hizballah and tell his audiences this is a group of freedom fighters made up of Lebanese civilians dedicated to defending their homeland from the terrorist state of Israel which the US government supports. Dean can mock George W. Bush’s poor English, but can he refer to him as a war criminal that should be sent to the Hague and put on trial?

Other comedians, George Carlin for example, did not fear challenging the prevailing narratives or inserting unpopular, but truth-based, commentary into their routines.  Carlin was a courageous comedian who infused his entertaining performances with a progressive political and moral message.  We highly recommend his first live HBO show, Jammin in New York. That exceptional stand-up comedy performance came in the aftermath of the first US war on Iraq in 1991 and serves as an example of the genius stand-up comic’s ability to combine political satire with an ethically conscious,  social message.

Obeidallah and the other so called Arab and Muslim comedians have no satirical skills, they’re not ethically conscious entertainers advocating any legitimate cause either in the US or the Arab world, and their silly performances have no redeeming social value.  In the end, they’re just a handful of outgoing individuals exploiting their ethnic heritage, and current events (serious issues of war and peace) in the Arab world in pursuit of barely mediocre careers on the margins of American pop culture.

We won’t ask them to Ikhras if they don’t expect us to laugh.

  5 comments for “Dean Obeidalla: CNN’s In-House Comedian

  1. Deena
    June 8, 2011 at 10:41 AM

    Just to be fair folks, Dean sometimes excessively recycles some of his jokes. Like the one about his FOB girl friend; I think I heard it when I was a senior in high school, and then saw him saying it live when I was a sophomore in college.  Regardless, he’s a very sweet fella and quite funny. He’s at every major Arab American event in t he City;  at the NAAP festival last summer he stopped by the heritage booth and was totally cool.  The comedy festival that takes place every year is pretty good too. I think what some folks don’t get, is we can’t just blabber what we have to say, because let’s face it where not established in this country. Just see what happened to  Helen Thomas. Unfortunately, we do need the so-called “house Arabs” for a start. If anything, y’all should really focus on ‘tards like Foad Ajami– the man is a freaking idiot. 

  2. June 7, 2011 at 3:30 AM

    Thanks for the press- as they say “All press is good press!” I hope my work has inspired some while ur work is to tell people to literally “shut up” –  we simply have a different philosophy. Also want to share some info with ur readers- the 8th annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival is Sept 25-29 – this year we will likely have 50 Arab-American and Arab performers – we are now accepting submissions from comedians and comedy writers – If u can write comedy or perform, hope u will submit –  for more details please visit: http://www.arabcomedy.orgAlso I have some shows coming up – if u mention “Ikrhas” Ill make sure u  get a discount – my website is  – Also here are some more clips I hope u post – These r clips from the MBC tv special about the Amman stand Up comedy festival TV special that just came outPart 1 featuring the English speaking comedians: 2 featuring the Arabic speaking comedians:

  3. trabulsi
    June 5, 2011 at 1:46 AM

    Love ikhras!  Only Arabs in America who speak truth to power

  4. June 5, 2011 at 12:19 AM

    Also love how he just let this trick’s barb about Dennis Kucinich–one of the few Reps who are not in AIPAC’s back pocket–slip right by without a word of defense. And of course Obama provides him with no comedic material because that would compromise his position as wannabe court jester for the administration.

    • Jbz7879
      June 5, 2011 at 12:27 AM

      so true tammy the royal court jester for the emperor’s new clothes and bless emperor obama and his zionist court

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