Dean Obeidallah performs at Comedy Night at Doha's W Hotel, during the Doha-Tribeca Film Festival, October 30, 2009.
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Muslim American comedian Dean Obeidallah has spent 15 years fighting hatred and bias against Islam, armed only with a sense of humor.Obeidallah's life, like the lives of many Muslims, changed forever one September morning in 2001 .The son of a Palestinian father and an Italian mother, Obeidallah could pass for any of a variety of ethnicities. No one had ever guessed from his appearance that he was Arab or Muslim, said the talkative New Jersey native and former lawyer. Since making that decision, he has used every possible platform – not just the stand-up routines that are his bread-and-butter, but the 2013 documentary "The Muslims are Coming!" that he co-directed and now his eponymous radio show on SiriusXM – to spread his message.He also founded the Muslim Funny Fest, a New York festival for Muslim comedians.
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