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Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing… Read more
Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, co-starred in the Comedy Central special The Axis of Evil. He is a also columnist for The Daily Beast and has written for CNN.com and The Huffington Post.
Dean is the co-director/co-producer of the recently released comedy documentary entitled The Muslims are Coming! featuring a stand up comedy tour of Muslim-American comedians performing free shows across the South and West in the hopes of fostering understanding. The film features interviews with The Daily Show's Jon Stewart, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien, comedians Lewis Black, David Cross and many more. He was also the co-creator of Comedy Central.com’s critically acclaimed Internet series The Watch List featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians.
Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s The View, on Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen, and was one of five comedians profiled in the one hour PBS TV Special entitled: Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age. He has also appeared on numerous international and national television programs including on NBC, MSNBC, CNN, VH1, Al Jazeera, and BBC. In addition, he has been featured in various publications including Time Magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times.
Dean is proud to have received the first annual "Bill Hicks Spirit Award" for "thought provoking comedy" (named after the late comedian Bill Hicks) from he NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ Family.Dean is the co-creator/co-producer of the annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival, which will celebrate its 12th anniversary in fall 2015. He has also served as the Executive Director of The Amman Stand up Comedy Festival, the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East, from 2007-2010. He also co-created the comedy show “Stand up for Peace” along with Jewish comic Scott Blakeman which they perform at colleges across the country in support of peace in the Middle East and fostering understanding between Arab and Jewish-Americans. (www.standupforpeace.com)
In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed across the Middle East.
Fighting Islamophobia, One Joke at a Time
Standup comedians are some of America’s biggest defenders of freedom of the First Amendment. Many comics use their platform to talk about subjects that nobody else either has the courage to discuss or the freedom due to fear of retribution.… Read more
Comedy has long been used by outsiders to ease the worries of a distrustful society, and Muslim stand-up comedians in New York are no different. A coming three-day comedy festival will spotlight their perspective, but their recent efforts to counter Islamophobia through… Read more