“Who really wants to be President in this hyper-partisan political climate?” Dean Obeidallah asks. “I’d rather be V.P. You get paid great, treated like a celebrity, and do almost nothing — it’s like being one of the Kardashian sisters.” The Palestinian-American, who has been called “an angsty, Arab Chris Rock,” covers politics and pop culture, and how to make it past airline security if you look ethnic, in a rhyming ditty: “Dress white. Make your flight.” Obeidallah has appeared on Comedy Central’s Axis of Evil, MSNBC’s Up with Chris Hayes, ABC’s The View, and as a regular commentator on CNN. Additionally, he is the co-director and co-star of the upcoming documentary The Muslims Are Coming!, which features American Muslim comedians performing free shows in the South and West. Check him out in San Francisco, where he can gather a full, money-paying audience, no gimmicks required.
Thu., Sept. 27, 8 p.m., 2012