“… fast, funny and light on its feet …” –Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter
“… funny, thoughtful …” – John Anderson, Variety
A Celebration of Culture and Comedy
JUST LIKE US
Ahmed Ahmed Joined by a Host of
Internationally Acclaimed Comedic Talent,
Including Whitney Cummings and Tommy Davidson
Debuting on Video on Demand December 1st
LOS ANGELES, CA (November 17, 2011) – Egyptian-American comedian Ahmed Ahmed (Vince Vaughn’s Wild West Comedy Show) makes his directorial debut with Just Like Us, premiering on Video on Demand (VOD) December 1, 2011 from Might Entertainment and Lionsgate. Produced by Cross Cultural Entertainment, Just Like Us is a celebration of culture and comedy that uproots the widely held misconception that Arabs have no sense of humor – when in fact they laugh, and are, just like us.
“Contemporary stand-up comedy has the powerful ability to break down barriers and serve as a platform for cross cultural dialogue,” says Andy Bohn, Partner at Might Entertainment. “Ahmed Ahmed’s heartfelt belief that laughter is the common language of the world is something we strongly support and feel will be embraced in the video on demand platform.”
Joining Ahmed for the tour are a wealth of international comedians, including Whitney Cummings (“Whitney”), Tommy Davidson (Black Dynamite, “In Living Color”), Ted Alexandro, Sherif Azab (Sex and the City 2, “The Paul Reiser Show”), Omid Djalili, Erik Griffin (Comedy Central’s “Workaholics”), Maz Jobrani (“Better Off Ted”), Sebastian Maniscalco, Eman Morgan, Tom Papa (“The Marriage Ref”), Maria Shehata and Angelo Tsarouchas. This talented group exemplifies the goal of reintroducing socially relevant issues to the world in an effort to build cultural bridges in this age of greater tolerance, understanding and acceptance. The film documents four countries in the Middle East, showcasing the cultures of Dubai, Lebanon, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and Egypt with sold out crowds totaling over 20,000 people.
Just Like Us will be widely available on multiple Internet, VOD and broadcast platforms beginning December 1.
The younger generation of the Arab world today is struggling to find an identity in a world that is changing very radically. Modern technology and globalization have made the world a much smaller place and caused us to be more interconnected as people, yet cultural misconceptions persist. The art of stand-up comedy is very new to the Middle East and older generations did not have the opportunity to appreciate this creative platform. However, through the current Internet age stand-up comedy has flourished in the Arab region over the past few years.
Comedian Ahmed Ahmed laid a foundation for comedy in the Middle East and took the world by surprise with his honest and unyielding commentary on what it’s like being an Arab living in America. Contemporary stand-up comedy quickly rooted itself in the region and demand for it grew.
As the journey through the Middle East celebrates comedy, the cultures of the countries, both similar and different, are celebrated as well. Each country, and each culture, has a desire to be understood on the global stage and to share in the borderless, common language of the world – laughter.
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