Fageeh in 2018
October 26, 1987|
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
|Years active||2011 – present|
|Genres||observational comedy, satire, character comedy, improvisational comedy, anti-comedy, surreal humor|
Hisham Fageeh (Arabic: هشام فقيه; born October 26, 1987) is a comedian and actor from Saudi Arabia.
Life and career
Hisham Fageeh was born in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Fageeh co-produced and starred in Saudi Arabia's submission to the Oscars for 2016's Best Foreign Film, "Barakah Meets Barakah". His work has been written about by The New York Times, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, BBC, Variety, among others. Most-known for his 2013 viral video "No Woman, No Drive" which amassed more than 14 million views, Hisham started performing stand-up while working on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.
During his Master's at Columbia University, he studied improvisational comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater (UCBT). He started a web series (Hisham's Weeklies) before doing stand-up in Saudi Arabia. Within a year Fageeh was taking the stage with comedians Dean Obeidallah, Maysoon Zayid, Aasif Mandvi, Aron Kader, and Hari Kondabolu. He began performing in Arabic after his satirical blog YouTube series "Isboo'iyat Hisham" (Hisham's Weeklies) went viral in December 2011, he joined the ranks of Fahad Albutairi and Bader Saleh in the Saudi stand-up circuits.
Fageeh is said to be as the first Saudi to perform in Gotham Theater and headline an Arabic stand-up comedy tour in the United States and England. He was previously Head of Content at Telfaz11, a multi-channel network with 12 million subscribers and more than one billion views. Fageeh was a featured performer in the 2012 New York Arab-American Comedy Festival, both in the "New Faces" and "Haram night" shows. Fageeh is known for his report from New York for La Yekthar. This segment of La Yekthar has been covered by the BBC and the GlobalPost.
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|2010||Le Yekhtar Show||Himself||Series|
|2012||The Dangers of Smoking||Short|
|2013||Khambalah: Manhood Academy 2||Short|
|2013||Khambalah: Job Opening||Short|
|2013||La Yekthar: Abo Hayat||Short|
|2013||No Woman, No Drive||Video|
|2013||Khambalah: A Victim of Reputation||Short|
|2014||Khambalah: Carved in Stone||Short|
|2014||Khambalah: Project DAES||Steve Jobs||Short|
|2014||Hamith Hiloo||Video Short|
|2014||Folaim: Ahem Ahem||Short|
|2014||From A to B||Saudi Officer||Film|
|2014||Kees: Jeddah Is Plastic and Sea||Short|
|2015||Kees: Damascus Papers||Short|
|2015||Bedoon Nas: Wear a Suit||Short|
|2015||Kees: Brushes and Human Beings||Short|
|2015||Carlos Is Nostalgic for Home||Short|
|2015||Khambalah: Manhood Academy 3||Short|
|2015||Kees: Call the Guardian||Short|
|2016||Khambalah: Origin of Word||Short|
|2016||Barakah yoqabil Barakah||Barakah||Film|
|2017||Folaim: People with Special Needs||Short|
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- Nagadi, Mohammed. "Hisham Fageeh: Comedy by coincidence". Arab News. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Al-Mukhtar, Rima. "Fageeh stands up to tickle your funny bone". Arab News. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- "2012 Performers". arabcomedy.com. Retrieved 11 September 2013.
- Smith, Hannah. "What do you get when you mix comedy with YouTube in Saudi Arabia?". GlobalPost. Retrieved 11 September 2013.