BEFORE THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPT.11, Dean Obeidallah, a Palestinian-American comedian, rarely mentioned his ethnicity onstage.
Now, it's almost all he talks about.
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Jokes about: Growing up (in Washington, D.C.) with a Palestinian-Muslim father and Mormon mother; a cousin named Jihad changing his name to Raymond; American products dominating the Middle East.
Jokes about: Hating to fly; Googling his name and finding another Ahmed Ahmed who's a terrorist in the Middle East; being typecast as a terrorist in Hollywood.
Web site: ahmed-ahmed.com
Age: 35 Ethnicity: Iranian-American Jokes about: Middle Eastern stereotypes in TV news; non-Arab friends thinking he's an expert on the Middle East; Iranians trying to explain that they are not Arabs. Web site: mazjobrani.com
New York City
J.D., Fordham University
co-creator of New York Arab Comedy Festival and Comedy Central's Internet show The Watch List
growing up in New Jersey with Palestinian father and Italian mother; religious profiling of Muslims at airports; the Patriot Act and how it lets the government track his library borrowing habits