Remy Munasifi

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Remy Munasifi
Born Remy Munasifi
(1980-06-16) June 16, 1980 (age 36)
Washington, D.C.
Residence Arlington, Virginia[1]
Nationality American
Years active 2006–present
Known for Comedy, comedy music
Website goremy.com
Internet information
Web alias(es) GoRemy
Web hosting service(s) YouTube

Remy Munasifi (born June 16, 1980) is an Arab-American stand-up comedian,[2] parody musician and video artist who became an Internet celebrity after his production of comedic sketches based on Arabs under the name "GoRemy" on YouTube. His videos have gained over 89 million views as of March 2016.[3]

Personal life[edit]

Munasifi was born in Washington, D.C. and grew up in Virginia. He has an Iraqi father who is a doctor, and a Lebanese mother who is a Pilates instructor.[2] Munasifi graduated from the Honors Program at Wheeling Jesuit University in Wheeling, West Virginia in 2002.

He has been to Lebanon numerous times; many of his relatives moved there from Iraq after the Iraq War began in 2003.[2]

Career[edit]

Munasifi's comedic alter-ego "Habib Abdul Habib" received much popularity for joking about matters such as U.S. security screening. He is known for a video titled "Arlington: The Rap", which received 300,000 views in less than a day.[4]

In 2009, he signed with the Gersh Agency, and later landed a Comedy Central Records deal.[4] Munasifi has since been the opening act for rapper Wale, comedian Brian Posehn[4] and others.

He has performed several times in the New York Arab-American Comedy Festival.[5] Munasifi's debut EP, titled The Falafel Album, is available on iTunes.[2] The Falafel Album was highly influenced by Munasifi's Iraqi and Lebanese heritage, especially culture and food.[4]

Munasifi's 2011 political spoof video titled "Raise the Debt Ceiling"[6] had over 520,000 hits on YouTube. He was interviewed on several national news programs about the content of the song as well as his views about the debt ceiling.

Since 2010, Munasifi has partnered with Reason TV and the Reason Foundation to create libertarian parody videos.[7]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

  • the cd. (2009)

EPs[edit]

  • The Falafel Album (2010)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Remy and His Mom Release New Parody Video". ARLnow. 
  2. ^ a b c d Sharmila Devi, Remy Munasifi's falafel songs dispel Arab stereotypes The National. October 30, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2011
  3. ^ [1], GoRemy YouTube Channel Stats.
  4. ^ a b c d Kris Coronado. Whatever Happened To ... The comedic rapper who hit it big on YouTube The Washington Post. May 9, 2010. Retrieved May 31, 2011
  5. ^ Sarah El-Richani, Talking To: US-Lebanese Comedian Remy Munasifi Now! Lebananon. August 31, 2009. Retrieved May 31, 2011
  6. ^ http://abcnews.go.com/Politics/video/comedian-remy-munasifi-raise-debt-ceiling-14189941 - ABC News - Remy Munasifi "Raise The Debt Ceiling"
  7. ^ McDonough, Megan (August 7, 2013). "Remy Munasifi: From 'Arlington Rap' to opening for Ron Paul". Washington Post. Retrieved 27 December 2015. 

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