Episode for June 1, 2021

Dean Obeidallah and Edward Isaac Dovere Episode 362

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29 Mins: Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean Obeidallah’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 on Comedy Central’s “The Axis of Evil” Comedy TV special. He is the co-creator of Comedy Central.com’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 co-directed and co-produced the award winning documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film also features special guest interviews with various well known people including: “The Daily Show’s” Jon Stewart and Assif Mandvi, Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien and Ali Velshi, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, comedians Lewis Black, David Cross, Lizz Winstead and Colin Quinn as well as Congressman Keith Ellison, and many more. The film is now available on Netfilx, iTunes and Amazon.

Dean 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.

He is writes for MSNBC, CNN and The Daily Beast as well as other publications.

Dean is also the co-creator and co-producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival .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

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.

56 Mins : Edward-Isaac Dovere is a staff writer for The Atlantic. He has covered Democratic politics for 15 years—beginning in his native New York, onto the Obama White House and then across 29 states during the 2020 election cycle.


In 2006, Dovere was the founding editor of City Hall, focused on New York City politics, which a year and a half later expanded into The Capitol, focused on state politics. He was twice recognized for best political coverage by the New York Press Association, and won the Society of Professional Journalists’ Daniel Pearl Award for investigative reporting for a series exposing the muddled finances of the Working Families Party.

Dovere has been covering national politics since 2011, first at Politico, where he was the senior White House reporter and later chief Washington correspondent, and at The Atlantic since 2018. He won the White House Correspondents’ Association’s Merriman Smith Award for excellence for reporting on Obama’s historic first trip to Cuba. He was the host of Politicos Off Message podcast and The Atlantics The Ticket podcast.

Dovere attended Johns Hopkins University and the University of Chicago. He lives in Washington, D.C., with his family.

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