Egyptian-American Comedian Ahmed Ahmed Announced as Special Guest Headliner of 'FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme's We Come in Peace', an Interfaith & Intercultural Tour Coming to the Washington D.C. Metro Area

Diverse new line-up also includes Matt Kazam (Jewish Iranian; NBC's 'Last Comic Standing', Fox, VH1, TLC, Discovery, XM Satellite), Maria Shehata (Egyptian Christian; Comedy Central, Sirius Satellite, Showtime), Omar Regan (African-American Muslim; Rush Hour 2) and Paul Singh (South Asian Punjabi; Apollo Theater, Carolines, Gotham, Stand Up NY, Comedy Cellar, Laugh Factory) who will lampoon current events, culture, religion and politics through clean, family-friendly comedy. Hosted by (African-American /Iranian) Tehran Ghasri.

Mar 02, 2011, 09:00 ET from PlanetPix Media & Entertainment Group

WASHINGTON D.C., March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- PlanetPix Media & Entertainment Group is raising the stakes after a string of intercultural comedy shows launched in the Los Angeles area in December 2010.  The group announced recently that the world famous Egyptian-American comedian and actor Ahmed Ahmed will headline 'FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme's "We Come in Peace Tour"' on Thursday night, April 14th, 2011 at Arlington Cinema & Drafthouse and Saturday night, April 16th, 2011 at Ernst Cultural Theater  NVCC in the Washington D.C. metro area.

Ahmed Ahmed is an actor and comedian who has appeared in Iron Man, You Don't Mess With The Zohan, Vince Vaughn's Wild West Comedy Show, Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Axis of Evil Comedy Tour, Swingers, Roseanne, MTV's PUNK'D, Comedy Central and Showtime.  He has also appeared on CNN, The View, NPR and was the recipient of the first annual Richard Pryor Award for Ethnic Comedy at the Edinburgh Comedy Festival.  A regular performer at the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood and Comedy Cellar in New York City, Ahmed tours across America and the world. Ahmed joins 'FUNATICAL' for the first time as a special guest headliner.

'FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy to the Extreme!' is a hip intercultural, interfaith comedy tour that breaks stereotypes and  bridges gaps between Muslims, Jews, Christians (and other faiths) from the Middle East & South Asia. Comedians poke fun of culture and current events, which they lampoon with humor and satire.  With increased Islamophobia in America and the current turmoil in the Middle East, 'FUNATICAL' promotes cultural and religious understanding through laughter.  The shows are produced by an interfaith team who uses comedy as an equalizer to counter prejudices in a humorous way.

The shows will benefit the Nooristan Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit that provides support for charitable and educational projects in Afghanistan.

PlanetPix Media & Entertainment Group is a multicultural media, communications and entertainment production company that promotes cultural understanding and unity.

Sponsorship/advertising opportunities & group ticket discounts available through March 15th, 2011.

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