Join me for a FREE Comedy Workshop at the Arab American National Museum!
Wed. Nov. 16, 5-8 PM

Amer Zahr
Festival Producer & Founder

Dearborn Comedy Festival

We are proud to announce the fourth annual 1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival to take place on December 2 & 3, 2016 at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn, Michigan!  The festival will feature numerous comedians in four shows, at 7pm and 9pm on each evening.

See the show lineups &
($20 for all shows)

Performer Bios
Amer Zahr (Founder, Producer) is an Arab-American comedian, speaker, writer, and adjunct professor at University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He has headlined packed houses at New York City's world-famous Carnegie Hall and the John F Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC. He is the founder of producer of the "1001 Laughs Ramallah Comedy Festival," a production in Palestine, as well as the annual "1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival" in Dearborn, Michigan, in partnership with the Arab American National Museum. He is also the filmmaker of "We're Not White," a comedic and informative approach to the Arab-American struggle to get a box on the United States Census Form. Amer is the author of the well-read blog "The Civil Arab," as well as his first book, "Being Palestinian Makes Me Smile.” Amer holds an MA in Middle East Studies and a JD (law degree), both from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on CNN, Fox, MSNBC, and Al-Jazeera.
Heather Jay is a comedian based in Detroit.
Adrianne Chalepah is an American Indian (Kiowa/Apache) entertainer from Anadarko, Oklahoma. After college, her comedy career took off when she teamed up with the popular comedy troupe "49 Laughs Comedy". Since then, Chalepah's performances have gained recognition, landing her features in magazines and on television. In 2012, she was honored to open up for the First Lady Michelle Obama.
Ali Sultan is relaxed and engaging despite speaking no English when he arrived in the States (he claims his first word was “always”, picked up from the constantly looping maxi pad commercials that run during daytime television). Ali Sultan’s comedy often excavates the casual racism that he and others from the Middle East encounter daily in the U.S.
Atheer Yacoub is a New York based comedian and writer. Her comedy is inspired by her Palestinian-Muslim upbringing in Alabama. She came to the city with high hopes of making it in a respectable career, but found herself in comedy instead. Atheer hopes to make you laugh, or at the very least, redefine what audiences think when they hear "Arab" and "bomb" in the same sentence.
Bill Bushart has performed at the Odd Ball Comedy Festival and Gilda's Laughfest in Grand Rapids. The Metro Times Named him "Funniest Comic in Detroit" in 2010.
Horace Sanders is a Detroit native and has been blessed to travel across the United States, the Caribbean, and has performed for US troops in Japan. He has been featured on CTN Live, The Comcast Comedy Chour, BET Comic View, Comedy Central, and the Word Network. He appeared on "Detroit 1-8-7" and "Thou Shalt Laugh." His style is improvisational and crowd-friendly, and no two shows are the same with the ability to entertain kids, adults, and grandparents.
Melanie Hearn is a fast rising talent on the Metro Detroit comedy scene. As a native of The “D,” Melanie has always enjoyed entertaining people “just cause”. She  has been sweeping the scene as Winner of the “Jumpstart your Comedy Career Contest” at Joey’s Comedy Shop,  winner of The “Big Money Contest” at Laff Tracks Comedy Club and  Semi-Finalist in the LA Comedy Express Competition at Mark Ridleys Comedy Castle.
Mickey Housley is originally from Houston, Texas and has performed at numerous clubs and venues across the country as a stand-up comedian. Mickey was winner of the Houston Comedy Knockout and Placed 2nd in the Houston’s Funniest Person Competition. He has performed alongside Paul Mooney, Tony Rock and Pablo Francisco.
Mic Larry began doing stand up comedy in 2006 and has opened up for Paul Mooney, Mike Bonner, Tony Roberts, and Cedric the Entertainer and Mike Epps. His comedic endeavors has landed him gigs in Hockey Town Theater, The Comedy Castle, Ann Arbor Showcase, The Music Hall, The Millenium Center and Joey’s Comedy Club here in the Detroit metro area. He has also appeared at Gotham Comedy Club, and Narcotics’ Convention in New York, VP Town Comedy Corner in Atlanta, GA and Jokes & Notes in Chicago, IL.
Mike Easmeil, a Palestinian-American comedian living in Virginia Beach, is a favorite in comedy clubs all over. Performing in his 4th Dearborn Comedy Festival, Mike has also performed on some of America's most prestigious stages including Carnegie Hall in New York and The Kennedy Center in Wash D.C.
Proudly hailing from Pontiac, MI, Mike Geeter has performed all over the country, opening for comedy legends Bobby Slayton, Jim Norton, Artie Lange, & Rickey Smiley. Mike is host of "The Black & Yellow Radio Show" heard on and was featured on Fox Television's comedy showcase "Laughs."
Detroit native Mike Stanley is wry and witty. He's pretty hilarious, but more than just coarse anecdotes about life and sex, there's an enviable amount of heart and warmth behind Stanley's humor. Given his penchant toward brutal honesty, spiced up with a healthy dose of insatiable wit, it's not difficult to see why Stanley was named "Best Chicago Stand-up Comedian" in a Peoples Choice poll done by the Chicago Reader and "Best Detroit Comedian" by HOUR Magazine.
Mona Aburmishan is an Arab-American comic living in Chicago. She has performed in Palestine, as well as Carnegie Hall and the Kennedy Center.
Starting comedy in 2016, Reem Edan has performed at the Comedy Store, Hollywood Improv, Haha Cafe & “Laughter Trumps Hate,” covering her Muslim upbringing & the struggles of living not-so-halal in Los Angeles.
Shanell Farris' ability to make audiences roar in laughter landed her a feature on the cover of the Metro Times' "What's So Funny" article . In 2015, she was awarded the City of Detroit, DTE Award for Best Female Comedian. Simply Shanell performed in the 2016 Funny Fest, and 2016 Chicago Funny Womens Festival.
Tehran Ghasri is an Afro-Iranian comic from Los Angeles!
This year's Festival will be held
December 2-3, 2016
All performances at

13624 Michigan Ave., Dearborn, MI
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