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Abdallah Jasim on how he uses comedy to navigate life as a Muslim American

Abdallah Jasim on stage
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Abdallah Jasim performed at Stateside's live show at the Arab American National Museum in Dearborn last Thursday.

 

His slogan is: "Chemical engineer by day, funny guy by night".

Abdallah Jasim found his footing in the comedy scene after posting a video about how Arabs catch mice went viral. Since his viral debut, Jasmin has found a following for his comical Instagram videos, and performed stand up sets across America and Canada. 

Jasim says that “comedy helps with everything," and cracking jokes on stage and online has been a way for him to break through cultural divides. 

"It's really hard guys, to be a Muslim in America, cause a lot of the things you guys do we can't do,” said Jasim jokingly. But the beauty of comedy, he adds, is that laughter makes it easier to connect with people who are different than you. 

Listen above to hear Jasim's stand up and his conversation with Cynthia Canty from our Stateside live show in Dearborn.

You can find Jasim on Facebook and Instagram

This post was written by Stateside production assistant Katie Raymond. 

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