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Hanania standup Comedy reviews
The Baba Ghanoush Belt
(the Arab American “Borscht Belt”)
Now available online: BackStage with the Israeli-Palestinian Comedy Tour
“It is important that Palestinians and Israelis stand up together to confront the growing animosity between our two peoples, to denounce extremism and hatred, to act to reduce the animosity between our two peoples. And while we can have a healthy and energetic and even passioned debate about the issues, we need not be disagreeable in our disagreement. Palestinians must not resort to anti-Semitism in arguing their legitimate concerns, and Israelis must not be defamatory in denouncing criticism of Israel as being anti-Semitic. We must stand for one principle and apply it fairly to both sides and when we do, we will contribute towards bringing peace to both our peoples.”
— Ray Hanania, January 3, 2004
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“The Arab Woody Allen”
Ray Hanania is an award-winning journalist, nationally syndicated columnist, author and one of the country’s few Arab (Palestinian) American stand-up comedians and satirists. He is the only Palestinian to write a humor AND serious column for a web site owned by a major Israeli newspaper, Yedioth Ahronoth’s www.YnetNews.com (2004-2007) and also for the Jerusalem Post Newspaper.
Hanania is managing editor of The Arab Daily News at www.TheArabDailyNews.com.
Hanania made his mark in journalism as a hard-hitting Chicago City Hall reporter (1976 through 1992). But he always had a flare for the lighter side. In 1988, he authored one of the nation’s first humor profiles on growing up Arab in Americafor Chicago Magazine
called “Ya Habibi.”
In 1996, he published the humor book, “YA HABIBI: Growing up Arab in America.” The humor in his book helped start some of the Arab community’s first comedians. In 1998, he authored a humor column for NEWSWEEK Magazine lampooning the profiling of Arabs at airports. His most recent humor book is “Slice of Life,” a collection of his award winning humor columns.
Hanania has performed his unique stand-up comedy at Taste of Chicago, Caroline’s on Broadway, Brandeis University, and at Arab festivals in Seattle, Milwaukee and Dallas.
He is one of the most covered Arab comedians in the country. His comedy addresses a wide range of topics including an Arab and Muslim theme regarding growing up Arab in America. And, Hanania lampoons his real-life marriage to his wife who is Jewish. The comedy topics expand far beyond ethnic humor. They include topics from his years as a political reporter covering Chicago City Hall and regional American politics, to everyday life featured in his many humor columns published in newspapers around the country.
Hanania avoids using foul language or four-letter words in his act, which sets him apart from some other known Arab and non-Arab professional comedians. Positive reviews of his show are widespread.
After performing some 30 shows at Zanies Comedy Club in Chicago, he was removed from the show in August 2002 when Jewish comedian and conservative columnist Jackie Mason refused to perform with a Palestinian American comedian. The owners of Zanies Comedy Club, who tried to exploit the rare Palestinian-Jewish combination, contributed to the conflict that ensued. (Read the pre-controversy interview with Hanania before he was attacked by Mason’s supporters.)
While some Arab comedians put down other Arabs and Muslims for pursuing comedy after Sept. 11th, Hanania believes that the world is a big place and there is more than enough room for competition. He works to help other Arabs and Muslims enter stand-up comedy, humor writing and satire. He has dedicated his life to defending the rights of Arabs and Muslims in America.
He is proud to be have been a supporter of the first annual New York Arab ComedyFest. He often partners with Egyptian American comedian Sherif and also Jewish American comedian Aaron Freeman in shows.
Hanania hails from an Orthodox Christian family. His father is from Jerusalem and his mother is from Bethlehem.
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Hanania loves to write about American Arabs in politics, and focuses on Arab life in America.
Currently, he writes weekly columns on Middle East and American Arab issues for the Arab News in Saudi Arabia at www.ArabNews.com. He writes on American politics for the Des Plaines Valley News, Southwest News-Herald, The Regional News newspaper and the Reporter Newspapers. He also writes for the online websites TheArabDailyNews.com and NewsAmericaNetwork.com (Illinois News Network at IllinoisNewsNetwork.com).
Palestinian, American Arab and Christian, Hanania’s parents originate from Jerusalem and Bethlehem. Hanania began in journalism as an activist publishing Chicago’s first English-language American Arab Newspaper “The Middle Eastern Voice” from 1975 through 1977. In 1976, he was hired by the Chicago community newspaper The Southtown Economist (Daily Southtown) and in 1985 was hired by the Chicago Sun-Times and covered Chicago City Hall for both. In 1993, he launched the “The Villager” Newspapers which covered 12 Southwest Chicagoland suburban regions. In 2004, he published “The National Arab American Times” monthly newspaper which was distributed through 12,500 Middle East ethnic food stores in 48 American States.
Hanania is the recipient of four (4) Chicago Headline Club “Peter Lisagor Awards” for Column writing. In November 2006, he was named “Best Ethnic American Columnist” by the New American Media;In 2009, he received the prestigious Sigma Delta Chi Award for Writing from the Society of Professional Journalists. He is the recipient of the MT Mehdi Courage in Journalism Award. Hanania has also received two (2) Chicago Stick-o-Type awards from the Chicago Newspaper Guild, and in 1990 was nominated by the Chicago Sun-Times for a Pulitzer Prize for his four-part series on the Palestinian Intifada.
Hanania’s writings have been published in newspapers around the world. Formerly syndicated by Creators Syndicate, Hanania also has written news, features and Opinion Columns for Al Jazeera English, the Jerusalem Post, YNetNews.com, Arab News, Saudi Gazette, Newsday in New York, the Orlando Sentinel, the Houston Chronicle, The Daily Star, the News of the World, the Daily Yomimuri in Tokyo, Chicago Magazine, the Arlington Heights Daily Herald, and Aramco Magazine. His political columns are published in the Southwest News-Herald and Des Plaines Valley News, Regional News and Palos Reporter newspapers in Chicagoland. Hanania is the President/CEO of Urban Strategies Group media and public affairs consulting which has clients in Illinois, Florida, Michigan and Washington D.C.
Hanania is Palestinian Christian from prominent Bethlehem and Jerusalem families. His wife and son are Jewish and he performs standup comedy lampooning Arab-Jewish relations, advocating for peace based on non-violence, mutual recognition and Two-States.
His Facebook Page is Facebook.com/rghanania
Email him at: RGHanania@gmail.com
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