The Watch List on Comedy Central


First Ever Show Of Its Kind Asks: “Can An Arab Be Funny?  Can A Muslim Tell a Joke?  Can an Iranian Make you Laugh?”

On January 15th, 2007, Comedy Central made history by launching The Watch List, the first show ever released by a major American entertainment company starring all Middle Eastern-American comedians. This hilarious new comedy show will be available exclusively on Comedy Central’s Internet channel Motherload ( )

The Watch List is being heralded for its groundbreaking and edgy comedy featuring the country’s top Middle Eastern-American comedians (Arab-American and Iranian-American) performing stand up and sketch comedy. The show tackles topics from a point of view rarely seen in American media from “flying while Muslim,” to Arab-Americans trying to prove that they are real Americans, to dealing with negative stereotypes about Middle Eastern-Americans.  Its’ not only funny, it will also challenge misconceptions.

The show was co-created and produced by award winning Arab-American comedian Dean Obeidallah and Emmy award winning comedy writer and best selling author Max Brooks, who is also the son of comedy legend Mel Brooks.

Comedians featured on “The Watch List” include Maz Jobrani, co-star of the new ABC series “Knights of Prosperity,” Ahmed Ahmed who has been featured on MTV’s “Punk’d” and NBC’s “Last Call with Carson Daly,” Maysoon Zayid (MTV, ABC “20/20”), Joe Derosa (Comedy Central and NBC’s “Last Call”), Aron Kader (comedy Central), Nasry Malak (ABC’s “20/20) and show co-creator Dean Obeidallah.

The first episode of “The Watch List” was shown on January 15th and new episodes will be released each week thereafter at