THE QUESTION has always been where can Muslims and non-Muslims go for social growth, and entertainment by us, for us, and about us? The answer? “Allah Made Me Funny : The Official Muslim Comedy Tour.”
“The concept of this tour is to make a comprehensive effort to provide effective, significant, and appropriate comedy with an Islamic perspective, which is both mainstream and cross-cultural. The idea is to provide a venue whereby Muslims and non-Muslims can feel safe, relevant, and inclusive of an experience where humor is used to bridge gaps of bias, intolerance, and other social ills that are pre and post 9/11 relevant,” says Preacher Moss, co-founder, and one of the featured comedians on the tour.
“This project means people are coming out to not only be entertained, but also educated about the truths of Muslims and non-Muslims’ existence in America following 9/11, but also preceding it. It involves the courage to step out of the shadows of silence, and fear and reach out and build bridges. We’re building these bridges through humor, and understanding to make that journey a little easier for all of us,” explains Moss.
Reflecting the diversity of the Islamic religion, as well as the diversity of this country, Azhar Usman, Preacher Moss, and Azeem Muhammad, a rising comedy star, have put down ego and pride to show the world a cooperation rarely seen in comedy. Through their commitment, they’ve brokered “a project built not on competition, but a coalition.”
Says Moss, “We have a community tour designed to see not only the Muslim community grow, and be self-actualized, but to see the world community attain the same goals. This is done through dialogue, understanding … and humor as the glue that heals us all.”