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Comedy Workshop and Performance at DTFF 2011

Start date:
Oct 26, 2011
4 hours
Ability Level:
Over the age of 8 and interested in comedy. Open to all ability levels.

Registration Closed

A comedy workshop hosted by Bilal Randeree and Dean Obeidallah, for young people with a keen interest in stand up. Dean and Bilal will take students through structure, writing, delivery and how to conquer nerves. All the participants will perform at the end of the workshop and Dean Obeidallah will select 3 comics to perform with SUCQ (Stand Up Comedy Qatar) comedians on the Family Day stage at the Doha Tribeca Film Festival.

Date: Wednesday 26th
Time: 6pm – 10pm
Language: English and Arabic
Where: Katara, Doha


Bilal Randeree
Halal Bilal is a Muslim Comedian from South Africa. He has performed and performs with other comedians who use humour to bridge gaps of bias, intolerance, and other social ills that exist around the world today. He is a founding member of SUCQ, Stand Up Comedy Qatar. SUCQ is a coalition of stand up comedians living in Qatar. SUCQ promotes stand up comedy in the region by supporting and developing up and coming comedians and hosting regular events and tours.

Dean Obeidallah
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, has appeared on “The Axis of Evil” Comedy TV special which aired in the US on Comedy Central and in the Middle East on Showtime Arabia. He is the co-creator of Comedy’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s “The View,” on the nationally syndicated TV series “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and was one of five comedians profiled in the recent one hour TV Special entitled: “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age” which aired in the US on PBS and internationally on BBC World and Al Jazeera.

Dean is the co-creator and co-producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival which will hold its 8th annual Festival September 25-29, 2011. He is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of The Amman Stand up Comedy Festival – the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East which took place in December 2008. The third annual Amman Festival was held December 4-10, 2010.

Dean has appeared on numerous international and national television and radio programs including CNN’s “What The Week,” “American Morning” and “The Situation Room,” CNN Headline News’ “The Joy Behar Show,” PBS’ “Newshour with Jim Lehrer,” ABC’s “Nightline,” MSNBC, HD’s “Dan Rather Reports,” NPR, Alhurra TV, Fox News’ “Geraldo at Large,” ABC’s “20/20,” Al Jazeera’s “Min Washington,” MBC’s morning show, “Democracy Now with Amy Goodman,” NPR’s “All Things Considered,” and CNN International’s “Inside the Middle East.” 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 and he frequently writes for and The Huffington Post.

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 the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ Family.

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 as a way of fostering understanding between Arab, Muslim and Jewish-Americans.

In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed in the Middle East in Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Qatar, and Dubai.