The Muslim Funnymentalists
Bismillah ar-Rahmaan ar-Raheem,
In one of my Season 1 videos, I mentioned that I’m not a comedian and that’s because I wasn’t a fan of how people were doing comedy. I’m trying to stay away from the idea of lying to make people laugh which has become a norm for comedians. Later, I realized that life itself has so many funny and interesting things and you can be truthful and still do comedy. The challenge isn't necessarily making someone smile but more importantly having a message/point to your material and that's what makes standup interesting to me.
So in August of 2007, I was invited to do some standup at MuslimFest with Aman Ali & Preacher Moss. It was my first time doing standup on stage and Alhamdulillah it went really well. About a month later, Aman Ali contacted me and asked if I was interested in going on tour with him and Asif Ali under the name of "The Muslim Funnymentalists". The idea sounded intriguing so I decided to give it a go. Now my schedule has become a mix of doing solo events with just Baba Ali and group events with the Muslim Funnymentalists. Last week, I did a few shows by myself (Northeastern University, Boston University, and University of Connecticut) and on Saturday I did a show with the Muslim Funnymentalists at the University of Syracuse. When I do shows solo, its a little different because I show some of my videos, do a little comedy, and sometimes I'm serious as well. When I do shows with the Muslim Funnymentalists, I share the mic with two other talented comedians and we not only do standup but we also do something that other Muslim Comedians don't do, Muslim Improv.
Anyways, the brothers recently released a trailer (below) which was put together by Aman Ali:
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