Asaad Kelada

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Asaad Kelada
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Born Cairo, Egypt
Occupation Television director

Asaad Kelada is an American television director of many popular American television situation comedies.

Early life[edit]

Kelada was born in Cairo, Egypt where he studied drama under Youssef Chahine at the American University in Cairo.[1] In 1961, he emigrated to the United States and studied directing at the Yale University School of Drama.[2]


After directing stage plays and teaching drama in the 1960s and 1970s, he received his first opportunity directing television in 1976 with an episode of Rhoda titled "Rhoda Questions Her Life and Flies to Paris". Since then, he has directed episodes of many well-known sitcoms, including Benson, WKRP in Cincinnati, The Facts of Life, and Who's the Boss?, for which he directed 117 episodes. His most recent work includes direction on Dharma & Greg and Everybody Loves Raymond.

In an interview, Kelada said that good casting is essential to the success of a comedy, because "you cannot make the actor BE funny". He also said that where drama is "analytical," comedy is "much more technical. It's about rhythm, timing, pace and energy."[3]


Year Series Notes
1976 Phyllis 2 episodes
1976–1978 Rhoda 7 episodes
1977 Bustin' Loose 1 episode
We've Got Each Other 1 episode
1977–1978 The Tony Randall Show 5 episodes
1978 Baby, I'm Back 1 episode
1978–1982 WKRP in Cincinnati 15 episodes
1979–1980 The Last Resort 15 episodes
1980 Benson 1 episode
1980–1985 The Facts of Life 77 episodes
1981 One Day at a Time 1 episode
The Two of Us 4 episodes
Park Place 1 episode
1982 Report to Murphy 1 episode
The Facts of Life Goes to Paris Television movie
1982–1988 Family Ties 8 episodes
1984–1990 Who's the Boss? 117 episodes
1985 No Complaints! Television movie
1986 The Hogan Family 5 episodes
1988–1989 Day by Day 2 episodes
1989 The Ed Begley Jr. Show 1 episode
1990 Married People Unknown episodes
1991 Designing Women 1 episode
1996 The Louie Show 2 episodes
In the House 4 episodes
1996–1997 Sister, Sister 7 episodes
1999–2002 Dharma & Greg 14 episodes
2000 The Michael Richards Show 4 episodes
2000–2001 Everybody Loves Raymond 2 episodes
2001 Good Morning, Miami 1 episode
2003 Sabrina, the Teenage Witch 2 episodes
2004 Still Standing 1 episode
2005 Two and a Half Men 2 episodes
2006 Courting Alex 2 episodes
2009 The Office 1 episode
Ruby & The Rockits 2 episodes

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