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Is there comedy in the Middle East? Despite there being no easy way to describe stand-up comedy in Arabic, a group of "comedy ambassadors" travel from Dubai to Beirut, Riyadh to Cairo with a double mission: to disrupt the pervasive image of Muslims as solemn, threatening, and inhuman; and to deliver some much-needed relief and laughter to the intense reality of everyday life in the Middle East. As one of the first comedy shows in the Arab world starts rolling, backstage anxiety and nerves rumble after busting open cultural taboos in each city. The comics willfully walk the line on jokes about Islam, sexuality, and body parts—at times even with a foul mouth—in the hopes that, as one performer says, if we can learn to laugh at ourselves, the rest of the world will laugh with us.

As edifying as it is entertaining, Egyptian-American comic and first-time director Ahmed Ahmed's film shows us the Middle East like most Americans have never seen it before. Featuring the talented antics of Maz Jobrani, Tom Papa, Ted Alexandro, Tommy Davidson, Omid Djalili (The Infidel), Whitney Cummings, Sebastian Maniscalco, Angelo Tsarouchas, Sherif Azab, Erik Griffin, and Ahmed Ahmed himself.

Film Information
Year: 2010
Length: 72 minutes
Language: English
Country: USA
Premiere: World
Cast & Credits
Primary Cast: Ahmed Ahmed, Tom Papa, Ted Alexandro, Sherif Azab, Whitney Cummings, Tommy Davidson, Omid Djalili, Erik Griffin, Maz Jobrani, Sebastian Maniscalco, Eman Morgan, Maria Shehata, Angelo Tsarouchas
Director: Ahmed Ahmed
Producer: Taylor Feltner, Matthew Blaine
Editor: Benedict X. Kasulis & Veronica Rutledge
Director of Photography: Taylor Feltner
Composer: Omar Fadel
Press Contacts

Press Contact
John Pisani
Phone: 323 533 8988

Press Contact
Nicole Kalish
Phone: 917 882 0137

Press Contact
John Pisani
Phone: 323 533 8988

Press Contact
Nicole Kalish
Phone: 917 882 0137

Special Note

The premiere screening is hosted by Doha Tribeca Film Festival



Co-presented by  The New York Surf Film Festival

Fabulous  Picture Show

Tribeca Film Festival
and Doha TFF will host a FREE Fabulous Picture Show screening of Just Like Us:

Monday, 4/26, 3:45 pm
375 Greenwich Street, NYC

Meet Egyptian-American comic Ahmed Ahmed in a Q&A moderated by DTFF executive director, Amanda Palmer.

Download the invitation and RSVP.

About the Director(s)
Ahmed Ahmed was born in Egypt and immigrated to the U.S. with his family when he was one month old. He can be seen in Iron Man, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Swingers, many other films, The Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, and at his stand-up shows throughout the world. Just Like Us is his directorial debut.


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