Arab Stand-Up

Netflix will add a distinctly Middle Eastern flavor to its streaming comedy lineup with a stand-up special starring Lebanese comedian and actor Adel Karam.

Scheduled to debut in 2018, the special, produced by Creative Arab Talent, will offer Karam’s take on “everything from relationships to social issues that most Arabs face every day with his distinctly Arab blend of smart, sarcastic humor.”

Karam is well-known to Lebanese audiences, having appeared in such movies as the romantic comedy Caramel, already available on Netflix, and more recently, The Insult.

“Adel Karam is a very strong voice in comedy. We…can’t wait for the local audience, who have a deep appreciation of comedy, to watch the show, as well as to introduce him to our global audience,” said Erik Barmack, vice president of international originals at Netflix.

SiriusXM radio show host and stand-up comedian Dean Obeidallah wrote about the emerging Arab comedy scene in 2008. More recently, Northwestern University in Qatar, in its 2016 survey of media use in the Middle East, found that 59% of Lebanese respondents listed comedy as one of their favorite online video genres.

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