The Madeleine Brand Show for April 12, 2011

Middle Eastern comedians fueled by uprisings

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Moammar Gadhafi arrives at the Rixos hotel in the capital Tripoli on March 8, 2011. The Libyan leader has been low-hanging fruit for comedians, with his outlandish dress and outsized personality.

The uprisings across the Middle East that have grabbed headlines over these past months haven't just ushered in a new political reality in the region. They have also provided a glut of new material for Middle Eastern stand-up comics. Egyptian Omar Elba and Palestinian-American Aron Kader join Madeleine in studio.

Aron was one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil comedy tour shown on Comedy Central and Omar will be appearing in an upcoming Showtime special called "Legally Brown".


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