This project was created by Ahmed Al Omran as his master's project at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. All the reporting was done from New York City under the supervision of Professor Laura Muha and Betsy Rate. The project is looking into the rise of Arab American standup comedy after 9/11, and how Arab American comedians managed to export standup to the Middle East, where standup was not a well-known performance art before.
Ahmed Al Omran is a Saudi blogger and multimedia journalist. His blog, Saudi Jeans, is one of the most well-known and long standing blogs in the Middle East. His writings appeared in major publications such as the New York Times and the Guardian. Born and raised in Hofuf, eastern Saudi Arabia, he received his B.A. in pharmacy from King Saud University in Riyadh. Currently, he is pursuing a Master’s degree in digital media from Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, New York.