Dean, a former practicing attorney turned comedian/writer, is the host of SiriusXM radio’s daily program “The Dean Obeidallah show,” the first national radio show ever to focus on issues from the Muslim- American point of view.
Dean is the co-director/co-producer of the comedy documentary, “The Muslims are Coming!” featuring a stand up comedy tour of Muslim-American comedians performing free shows across the South and West in the hopes of countering anti-Muslim bigotry. The film features interviews with The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow, Soledad O’Brien, comedians Lewis Black, David Cross and many more.
Dean is a columnist for The Daily Beast, a weekly contributor to CNN.com Opinion section and has written articles that have appeared in numerous publications including The Atlantic, The Washington Post and The Huffington Post. He can be seen frequently on CNN and MSNBC.
He also co-created the comedy show “Stand up for Peace” along with Jewish comic Scott Blakeman that they perform at colleges across the country in in hopes of fostering understanding between Muslim and Jewish-Americans. (www.standupforpeace.com)
Dean is also the co-creator/co-producer of the annual NY Arab-American Comedy Festival, which celebrates its 13th anniversary in 2016. And He co-created and co-produced the first ever Muslim stand up comedy festival in US history in July 2015.
As a comedian, Dean has appeared on numerous programs including Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show and “Axis of Evil” special as well as on ABC’s The View, Good Morning America and Comics Unleashed.
In addition to performing comedy throughout the US, Dean has performed across the Middle East. For more details, please visit: www.deanofcomedy.com.
Imam Syed Omair
Imam Syed Omair is a recent addition to the ADAMS Imam's Office. He earned his B.A. in Religious Studies from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and then traveled to Amman, Jordan where he learned Classical Arabic at the prestigious Qasid Arabic Institute as well as Islamic jurisprudence, theology, spirituality, and Koranic recitation. He brings with him over a decade's worth of experience of teaching Classical Arabic Grammar, the Islamic religious sciences, and spiritual counseling and mentoring. As head of the ADAMS Youth Department, Imam Omair hopes to make ADAMS a pivotal part of the spiritual, social, and professional development of the youth of his community.