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14 Cute Truths On Dean Obeidallah

1. This article is an autobiography or has been extensively edited by the subject or by someone connected to the subject.

2. Obeidallah received a J.D. from Fordham Law School and practiced law from 1993-1998 with the firm of Beattie Padovano.

3. He then left the practice of law and was accepted into the prestigious NBC Page program in 1998.

4. Thereafter from October 1999 through May 2007 he was a rights and clearance researcher for Saturday Night Live.

5. Obeidallah is part of a small but growing number of Arab-American comedians who have increasingly received media attention in the past few years, as they use comedy to both retain and dispel negative stereotypes of Arab-Americans and Muslims.

6. In 2005, Obeidallah received the first “Spirit of Bill Hicks” award, named in honor of comedian Bill Hicks for “thought provoking comedy” from the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ family.

7. This was the first show ever produced by a major American entertainment company to showcase all Arab-American performers.

8. Obeidallah has also appeared on Comedy Central on the critically acclaimed “Axis of Evil” Comedy special.

9. Dean is the founder and editor of the blog The Dean Report which addresses topics of the day.

10. This highly acclaimed, first of its kind festival has received national and international media coverage.

11. It is held annually in New York City and showcases Arab-American comics, actors, playwrights and filmmakers.

12. Obeidallah is the co-creator of Stand up for Peace which he performs across the country with Jewish-American comedian Scott Blakeman.

13. Stand Up for Peace brings Arab-Americans, Muslims and Jews together through comedy in the hopes of fostering understanding and supporting a peaceful solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

14. He has also been featured in various publications and radio networks including The New York Times, Time, Newsweek, “The Washington Post,” The Los Angeles Times, NPR, BBC, Democracy Now! with Amy Goodman, and The Associated Press.

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