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Aron Kader, Standup Comedian
July 24, 1974 |
|Genres||Observational comedy, Satire|
|Subject(s)||Racism/Race relations, Islamophobia, Muslim-Americans, Religion, Politics, Arab culture|
|Notable works and roles||Axis of Evil Comedy Tour|
Kader was born to a Muslim father and Mormon mother. He spent his early years in Provo, Utah. His father, Omar Kader, was a professor of Political Science at Brigham Young University who went on to found a government contracting firm in Northern Virginia. His mother, Dr. Nancy Stowe Kader, a native of Ogden, Utah, is a bioethicist and management consultant with a nursing degree from BYU.
Kader is one of four members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. He has performed in the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, started by fellow tour member Dean Obeidallah. Comedians from the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour such as Ahmed Ahmed were included on the DVD release of Michael Moore's film Fahrenheit 9/11. He also acted on the pilot Beverly Hills S.U.V. Aron can also be seen in the upcoming documentary, The Muslims are Coming!, which features a group of Muslim American comedians touring the United States in an effort to counter Islamophobia. The film also features various celebrities including Jon Stewart, David Cross, Janeane Garofalo, Rachel Maddow and many others. Kader also been a member of the Sultans of Satire, a stand-up comedy show presented by the Levantine Cultural Center since 2005.
In February 2009, Kader organized the Comedy Cafe as part of Dubai Shopping Festival. Over a period of four weeks he offered workshops to aspiring Middle East comics and held headline shows each Saturday that brought together Axis of Evil comedians and other Arab, Middle Eastern and Iranian comics.
In March 2012, Kader returned to Dubai to host a special comedy workshop to find two opening acts for his comedy show 'Aron Kader of Axis of Evil: Live in Dubai' on April 1.
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