On a warmly lit, underground stage with an iconic brick wall behind the microphone, the 14th annual New York Arab-American Comedy Festival kicked off on Thursday.
The sold out show packed audiences members shoulder-to-shoulder in one of Manhattan’s famous comedy clubs, The Stand. (Phoebe Leila Barghouty)
The big Arab family
Atheer Yacoub, a regular on the New York City comedy circuit, has been doing the festival for four years. (Phoebe Leila Barghouty)
The festival brings together Arab-American comics from all over the country. (Phoebe Leila Barghouty)
Celebrate being Arab
The festival created a safe space for a widely-disliked minority to change the dominant narrative. (Phoebe Leila Barghouty)