New York based comedian Atheer Yacoub is a walking punchline. She is a Muslim-Arab, raised in the American South, fluent in both levantine Arabic and New York’s trademark sarcasm. After growing up having to explain and apologize for her identity, Yacoub decided to use her unique background as a way to entertain and inform others.
A complex hyphenated identity
(L-R) Producers Atheer Yacoub and Nas Jab attend “Children of the Mountain” Premiere - 2016 Tribeca Film Festival at Regal Battery Park Cinemas on April 17, 2016 in New York City. (AFP)