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February 11, 2014, 7:00 P.M.

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112, George Lucas Building, USC School of Cinematic Arts Complex, 900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007


Outside the Box [Office], USC Office of Religious Life, USC Spectrum, Muslim Student Union, and FilmBuff invite you and a guest to a special screening of

The Muslims Are Coming!

Written/Directed/Produced by
Negin Farsad & Dean Obeidallah

Followed by a Q&A with Dean Obeidallah,
Moderated by Dr. Varun Soni,
USC Dean of Religious Life

7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

The Albert and Dana Broccoli Theatre, SCA 112
900 W. 34th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Winner: Audience Award
2012 Austin Film Festival

Now Available on iTunes and Amazon

About The Muslims Are Coming!

The Muslims Are Coming! is a comedy documentary which follows a band of Muslim-American comedians as they visit big cities, small towns, rural villages, and everything in between to combat Islamophobia! These comedians not only perform standup at each tour stop but create ridiculous interventions in unsuspecting town squares, like the ol' classic, "Ask a Muslim Booth" and "Name That Religion." Throughout the film, comedy icons like The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Colin Quinn, Lewis Black, Aasif Mandvi and media heavy weights like Rachel Maddow, Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien, Ali Velshi and Congressman Keith Ellison comment on the power of comedy and the political scope of bigotry. The film is truly about freedom of religion in America for people all faiths. And rest assured, you’ve never laughed this hard at a Muslim!

Provided courtesy of FilmBuff. Not rated. Running time: 81 minutes.

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About Dean Obeidallah

Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean’s comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, co-starred on Comedy Central’s The Axis of Evil Comedy TV special. He is the co-creator of’s critically acclaimed Internet series The Watch List featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s The View, on the nationally syndicated TV series Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen and was one of five comedians profiled in the recent one hour TV Special entitled: Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age which aired in the US on PBS and internationally on BBC World and Al Jazeera.

Dean co-directed and co-produced the award winning documentary The Muslims Are Coming! featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film also features special guest interviews with various well known people including: The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart and Assif Mandvi, Russell Simmons, Soledad O’Brien and Ali Velshi, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, comedians Lewis Black, David Cross, Lizz Winstead and Colin Quinn as well as Congressman Keith Ellison, and many more. The film was released in September 2013 and is now available on iTunes and Amazon.

Dean co-created the comedy show Stand up for Peace along with Jewish comic Scott Blakeman which they perform at colleges across the country in support of peace in the Middle East and as a way of fostering understanding between Arab, Muslim and Jewish-Americans.

He is a also columnist for The Daily Beast and writes frequently for as well as other publications.

Dean is the co-creator and co-producer of the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival which will hold its 11th annual Festival in 2014. He is also proud to serve as the Executive Director of The Amman Stand up Comedy Festival – the first stand up comedy festival ever held in the Middle East which took place in December 2008. The third annual Amman Festival was held December 4-10, 2010.

Dean has appeared on numerous international and national television and radio programs including CNN’s What The Week, American Morning and The Situation Room, CNN Headline News’ The Joy Behar Show, PBS’ Newshour with Jim Lehrer, ABC’s Nightline, MSNBC, Current TV, HD’s Dan Rather Reports, NPR, Alhurra TV, Fox News’ Geraldo at Large, ABC’s 20/20, Al Jazeera’s Min Washington, MBC’s morning show, Democracy Now with Amy Goodman, NPR’s All Things Considered, and CNN International’s Inside the Middle East. In addition, he has been featured in various publications including Time magazine, Newsweek, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal and The Los Angeles Times. He has written jokes which have been featured on NBC’s Saturday Night Live’s Weekend Update segment and CBS’ The Late, Late Show.

Dean is proud to have received the first annual "Bill Hicks Spirit Award" for "thought provoking comedy" (named after the late comedian Bill Hicks) from the NY Underground Comedy Festival and the Hicks’ Family.

In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed in the Middle East in Jordan, Palestine, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Oman, Israel, Qatar, and Dubai.

About the Moderator


Varun Soni is the Dean of Religious Life at the University of Southern California (USC). He is a University Fellow at USC Annenberg's Center on Public Diplomacy, an Adjunct Professor at USC's School of Religion, and a member of the State Bar of California, the American Academy of Religion, and the Association for College and University Religious Affairs. He serves on the advisory board for the Center for Muslim-Jewish Engagement, the Journal for Interreligious Dialogue, CrossCurrents, Hindu American Seva Charities, and the Parliament of the World's Religions. Prior to joining USC, he spent four years teaching in the Law and Society Program at UC Santa Barbara. He produced the critically acclaimed graphic novel Tina's Mouth: An Existential Comic Diary, which is currently being adapted as a feature length film. He also produced and hosted his own radio show on KPFK/Pacifica showcasing music from South Asia and its diaspora. He holds degrees in religion from Tufts University, Harvard Divinity School, UC Santa Barbara, and the University of Cape Town, as well as a law degree from UCLA School of Law.

About Outside the Box [Office]

Outside the Box [Office] is a weekly showcase for upcoming releases highlighting world cinema, documentary and independent film titles. Recognizing a need for greater diversity on campus, the series will draw from around the globe to present movies that may challenge, inspire or simply entertain.

To view the calendar of screenings, click here.

Check-In & Reservations

This screening is free of charge and open to the public. Please bring a valid USC ID or print out of your reservation confirmation, which will automatically be sent to your e-mail account upon successfully making an RSVP through this website. Doors will open at 6:30 P.M.

All SCA screenings are OVERBOOKED to ensure seating capacity in the theater, therefore seating is not guaranteed based on RSVPs. The RSVP list will be checked in on a first-come, first-served basis until the theater is full. Once the theater has reached capacity, we will no longer be able to admit guests, regardless of RSVP status.


The USC School of Cinematic Arts is located at 900 W. 34th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007. Parking passes may be purchased for $10.00 at USC Entrance Gate #5, located at the intersection of W. Jefferson Blvd. & McClintock Avenue. We recommend parking in Parking Structure D, at the far end of 34th Street. Metered street parking is also available along Jefferson Blvd.

Contact Information

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