Amer Zahr Standup Comedian

Amer Zahr in Dearborn in 2017 performing at the Arab American National Museum

Amer Zahr is a Palestinian-American comedian, writer, filmmaker, political activist, and adjunct professor at the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law. He was born in Jordan to refugee parents of Palestinian heritage originally from Nazareth and then moved to the United States when he was three years old.

Zahr was raised in a Christian-Muslim family in the Philadelphia area. His father is Christian and his mother is Muslim.

He now lives, and is based in, Dearborn, Michigan.

In 2016, Zahr served a national surrogate for presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.

In 2013, Zahr founded the “1001 Laughs Dearborn Comedy Festival,” which continues annually.He wrote “Being a Palestinian Makes Me Smile” and made the documentary We’re Not White, which was released in August 2017.


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