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Help Palestine LAUGH! Support the 2019 Palestine Comedy Festival!

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The 1001 Laughs Palestine Comedy Festival made its debut in August 2015, and this year we will be holding its fourth edition from August 18-22, 2019 in Ramallah, Bethlehem, and Jerusalem.

The festivals give the audiences of Palestine five consecutive days of live stand-up comedy, entertaining over 2,000 people.  It is one of a kind.


You're getting this email because you know me, Amer Zahr (, the festival’s producer and founder. I’m a Palestinian-American comedian, writer, and law professor living in Dearborn, Michigan (the Arab Disneyland). My comedy travels have taken me throughout America, Canada, and the Arab world, including dozens of shows in Palestine.

The festival does not only seek to entertain.  Comedy serves an important social purpose.  Laughter is a universal language, shared by all peoples.  Laughter also humanizes.


Perhaps the greatest challenge for Palestinians is that we are too often misunderstood or mistreated in the media, frequently depicted as “non-human.”  Comedy, like much art, is magical in this regard.  Comedy is about preserving narratives and championing freedom of expression in the arts. The festival will only be a success if it serves as a gateway to the world to discover more about our culture and people.

The festivals to date have garnered worldwide media attention, and we hope to get even more in the future. I will work diligently to ensure that all major international media outlets stay aware of the festival, in order to cover it on an international scale.  We hope that through this festival, our Palestinian laughter draws the ears of the world.


Our supporters and sponsors would be featured on all promotional material, thanked at every show, and have the option to display or advertise at every performance.

We look forward to your support in this historic endeavor, and we hope to share the success of the festival with you!

“If you can make someone laugh, he will listen to you.” – Amer Zahr