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FEATURE: Mona Aburmishan’s 1001 laughs a breakaway from a traditional taboo
Mona Aburmishan in Ramallah. (WAFA Images / Shorouq Zeid) By: Khaled Tayeh RAMALLAH, August 15, 2018 (WAFA) – With her curly hair and fiery personality, Mona Aburmishan goes up on stage with only one thing on her mind: making the audience have a good laugh, while she, being the professional comedian she is, can have fun being herself on stage while making people happy. Born in Chicago, US, to a Palestinian father from the town of Halhoul, north of the city of Hebron in the south of the occupied West Bank, who immigrated to the US in the 1970s, and a mother whose origins go back to England, the Chicago-based comedian, once a law major, started her career as comedian only after she was challenged to do so by her younger sister. “My sister once challenged me on C
Brian “Da Wildcat” Smith – Chicago’s Comic – Week of August 10th, 2018
In 2015 the US Consulate in Jerusalem broke the mold of years past and invited a truly American art form to bridge the waning connection between the US and Palestinians by hosting and paying for a comedy Tour of Arab Americans throughout the West Bank! Called “1,001 Laughs Comedy Festival” 8 Arab American comedians performed and ran comedy workshops in Bethlehem, Ramallah and Jerusalem.
Laughter is the same in every language. Just ask Chicago-based comedian Mona Aburmishan, who has traveled the globe spreading joy with her socio-political comedy. Whether performing in South Africa, Palestine or New York City (Aburmishan is the first Arab, Muslim woman to perform stand-up at Carnegie Hall), she unifies audiences without shying away from tough issues.