Who's on First?

Mo Amer is an Arab-American and Muslim, but you might not know that

"I'm not trying to prove anything. I'm not trying to convince anybody of anything," he says, explaining why he avoids talk of politics or the Middle East conflict. "I believe just by the time you're done seeing my show, by the time you see me talk about my family and my uncles and whatnot, you don't see that anymore. You don't see, hey, this guy's Middle Eastern. You just see, hey, this is a regular guy. Just telling a story. And that's what I want!" he exclaims.

"Nobody ever remembers me as the Indian comedian, as the Arabic guy, as the Muslim; everybody always remembers me by my name. They remember my uncles, and remember my name, they remember what I do, and they have their favorite joke," he says. "The last thing, 'Oh, that's right, he's Arabic, isn't he?' That's the last thing! And that's the way it should be." -- Michael Serazio

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