A Muslim, a Jew, and a Christian Walk into Cintas Center…
Interfaith Comedy Show a first for comedians and for the city
Stop me if you’ve heard this one, but I know you haven’t. At 8:30 pm on March 12 in the Cintas Center on the campus of Xavier University a never-before-imagined comedy event will take place called 3 Comics, 3 Faiths: An Interfaith Comedy Show.
It is free to Xavier faculty, students and staff with an All Card. For all others, a $5 donation is suggested. E-mail your ticket request to email@example.com and your tickets will be available at “Will Call.” Tickets will be available beginning February 13, 2009. There is a limit of 4 tickets per person.
A Jewish comic born in Iran, an African-American Christian comic, and a Muslim comic from Pakistan will do a comedy routine. The theme will be “Interfaith Comedy as Interfaith Dialogue.” Each comedian will do a part of the evening. Each knows the others but this will be the first time they have created a routine around this topic. And, it will be the first time they have had to cogently and academically discuss comedy as dialogue.
Earlier in the day on March 12, from 3:00 to 4:30 in Kelly Auditorium of the Alter Building, the three comics will sit on a panel to discuss humor during crises - crying until you laugh. Both events are sponsored by Xavier’s Student Government Association, the Office of Interfaith Community Engagement, and the Brueggeman Center for Dialogue.
Jordan Carlos is an American stand-up comedian with a recurring character on The Colbert Report and is a co-host on the Nickelodeon kids' show "Me TV." After graduating from Brown University in 2001, he worked as a copywriter in an ad agency during the day to finance a stand-up career. He learned to use not being a stereotypical black man as his basis for jokes. On The Colbert Report, he plays Alan, Stephen Colbert's "black friend". Whenever Colbert discusses racial issues, he asks that a picture of him and his African-American co-worker Alan be shown on screen. He also made an appearance in Nickelback’s “Rockstar” music video, and has been a commentator on the E! Network’s "Worst Dating Show Moments." He is the trio’s Christian member.
Dan Ahdoot is a New York stand-up comedian. He was a contestant in NBC’s reality TV show Last Comic Standing and performed on Comedy Central’s Premium Blend. An Iranian Jew, he grew up in Great Neck, New York. He attended Johns Hopkins University, graduating with honors, headed to medical school. When his brother died of cancer, he turned to comedy. In New York City, Ahdoot helped found an improv comedy troupe, wrote freelance for Crank Yankers, and opened for such headlining comedians as Lewis Black, Jay Mohr, and Dave Chappelle. He has made numerous guest appearances, including ABC’s 20/20 and Jim Breuer’s Sirius satellite radio program.
Kumail Nangiani was born and spent 18 years of his life in Karachi, Pakistan, then moved to Iowa. This Pakistani-Iowan’s comedy covers a broad range of topics from giant squids to chocolate. He has been featured in theaters and clubs around the country and has worked with comedians including Zack Galifianakis, Eugene Mirman and Arj Barker. He forged his distinctive style and unusual content while living in Chicago post-college as part of the groundbreaking live and video stand-up comedy collective BLERDS.com. Kumail moved to Brooklyn in 2007, which is better than Iowa in his opinion. He is the Muslim of the troupe.