Rolling Stone named Mo Amer one of 10 comedians you need to know

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Mo Amer knows how to seize the moment. On a trans-Atlantic flight, he happened to be upgraded to a seat next to Eric Trump, whom he prodded about the proposed Muslim registry. It blew up on social media and, months later, he was making a bit of it on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. And though he had already toured countries around the world, opening for Dave Chappelle has informed the Kuwaiti-born, Texan’s comedic cadence and approach to his subject matter. Thecomic takes big, often thorny social issues – immigration, policing of minorities, Muslim life in the U.S. post 9/11 – and examines them from a slightly askew angle while always making room for a little silliness and light. (In a concert film made with a collective of fellow Muslim stand-ups called Allah Made Me Funny, Amer jokes about the difficulty of chaperoning his proud, energetic nephew Osama at Walmart: “He’s nine years old. He’s running away. I can’t call him!“) Also working to connect disparate audiences, Amer plans to record his first hour special in English in 2017, and then translate much of the material and record it in Arabic in 2018.

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