As a bona fide headliner, MO AMER has already cemented his stature as a pioneer of Arab-American standup, a truly original voice in comedy today. Comedy legend Dave Chappelle regularly invites Mo to feature for him. In fact, Mo opened for Chappelle during his celebrated run of shows at the prestigious Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal in 2015.
On stage, Mo hilariously reveals his life’s curious tale, including how he managed to travel the world without a passport, was held at gunpoint by an American soldier in Iraq, and once had Bradley Cooper (unintentionally) save him from a sticky situation in Kuwait. Mo has performed in over two dozen countries on five continents––including as the first and only Arab-American refugee comic to perform for U.S. and coalition troops overseas, as well as with “Allah Made Me Funny––The Official Muslim Comedy Tour.”
With parents from Palestine, born in Kuwait, and raised in Houston, Texas, his entire life provides fodder for hilarious–and at times heartbreaking–personal stories. Beyond standup, Mo has co-written an original screenplay, and is presently in development on a comedy-variety television series (with Egyptian megastar Bassem Youssef attached as executive producer). Additionally, Mo recently filmed his first one-hour, solo standup special (“LEGALLY HOMELESS”), with veteran standup director Jay Chapman at the helm, and in association with his longtime standup collaborator Azhar Usman, through their jointly-owned production entity, KALIJAGA MEDIA LLC. The concept of the standup special, and the idea behind its unique format, is the brainchild of Dave Chappelle. It is presently being shopped to television buyers.
Mo has appeared on television several times, starred in a handful of independent films, and has been interviewed by over 100 major world media outlets, including The New York Times, Rolling Stone, and The Guardian. Notably, he was also featured on the historic ‘Al-Bernameg with Bassem Youssef’ (The Daily Show of Egypt) as the only Arab-American comedian to appear on the hit show.