Tuesday, June 12, 2007


During this past weekend, i had the privilege to visit Columbus, Ohio for a singing performance. Mashallah, I'd have to say i was very impressed by the beautiful masjid and the great facility.
So the program was in the basement with "no AC" but HUGE fans, you know the type you see at warehouses!

So they had two shows, one in the morning at around 11 am and another around 7pm.

Besides the Noor Islamic Center hosting Noor
they also invited the comedian Muhammad Amer. For the morning program they had a dismal 25 people show up.
Now most entertainers out there will repeat their material. My friend Bassem, has heard Amer perform numerous times but to support him, he was cracking up as if its the very first time he heard the 'shib sheb' joke among others. I mean he was the loudest guy there!

So fast forward to the evening program, Amer repeated some jokes from the morning and had a few very funny jokes as well. But nothing tops this! During his performance a small 3 year old boy starts walking by the stage with his cellphone. Amer starts to interact with him and telling him to give him the phone. The boy doesn't really listen and then Amer suddenly shoats like an Arab parent "lik hata ya walad!" The boy gets scared and runs off.

Five minutes later, the boy returns without his phone this time. He starts talking to Amer in gibberish language. And then all of a sudden, out of the blue, this kid starts to take off his shirt!! Amer tells him "no you don't want to do that" as soon as he said that, the boy takes most of his shirt off! and then Amer had to say something like "give him some beads" :-)


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