Monday, March 22, 2010

Arabic Comedian Plans Show At Tech

Stereotypes about the Arabic community and other groups in the United States will be explored comedically at Tennessee Tech next month. Comedian Dean Obeidallah is scheduled to perform at the university at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 6, in the Multi-Purpose Room of the Roaden University Center. Born in New Jersey, Obeidallah is the only son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. He draws much of his comedy from this unique background. He has appeared on numerous national and international television shows, including NBC’s "Saturday Night Live" and "Late Night with Conan O’Brien." Obeidallah also co-produced "The Watch List" for Comedy Central’s Internet channel. His appearance in Cookeville is being held in conjunction with the Foreign Language Culture Studies 3000-level course taught by Debbie Barnard, Julia Baker and Mark Groundland. This course covers topics like immigration and exile. A Center Stage event, the comedy show is free and open to the public.