Smith Memorial Student Union Ballroom, 1825 SW Broadway
Amer Zahr is an Arab-American stand-up. Drawing on his experiences growing up as a child of Palestinian refugees, he finds the humor is everyday cultural situations. As a Palestinian, politics also fall victim to his comedic ways. He has performed in festival, and produced and headlined in 2 of his own comedy tours, “1001 Laughs Comedy Tour” & “We’re Not White!” Amer also writes and speaks widely on political and social affairs, and has appeared on radio and television, including ABC’s “Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher.” He has performed throughout North America & the Middle East.
Max Amini was born in Tucson Arizona, from an Iranian heritage. He was raised on the East Coast and graduated from UCLA’s school of Theater, Film and Television in 2004. Max began his stand-up comedy career in 2002 at the LA Improv. The show was his final class in a comedy workshop, and despite being the self-described “worst kid in class” by the end of his performance the audience was in awe of his act. For nine years Max has performed the world over, expressing his views on family and cultural topics through his spectacular theatrics and energetic humor. He was chosen as one of the finalists for NBC’s Diversity Showcase in 2009, and he developed a stand-up comedy tour named “Exotic Imports” featuring second-generation Americans coming from diverse cultural backgrounds.
The event is free and open to the public. Tickets are required and may be obtained at the Portland State University Box Office in the Smith Memorial Student Union, 1825 SW Broadway
The Middle East Studies Center at Portland State University promotes understanding of the people, cultures, languages and religions of the Middle East. As a National Resource Center for Middle East Studies under the U.S. Department of Education’s Title VI program, the Center serves as a resource on issues pertaining to the Middle East through activities that reach students and scholars, as well as businesses, educators, and the media. The Middle East Studies Center supports academic conferences, workshops, cultural events, lectures, and a resource library.
Co-sponsored with the Portland State University Arab Persian Student Organization