Sunday, May 1st, 11:30-2:00 | The Revival, 1160 E 55th St.

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Sameena Mustafa is a Chicago-based stand-up comedian, actor and writer. She has performed at the Laugh Factory, Zanies Comedy Clubs, and theaters around Chicagoland. Most recently, she acted in the ensemble for Rasaka Theatre’s “A Widow of No Importance” at Victory Gardens Theater. Her writing has been featured in The Aerogram and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. A graduate of Northwestern University, she has also studied at the Second City, Acting Studio Chicago, and Green Shirt Studio. In 2015, she founded Simmer Brown, a South Asian stand-up comedy collective, which has received praise from RedEye Chicago, Chicagoist, and DesiTalk Chicago. Sameena also serves as a member of the Sounding Board, an advisory board for Chicago Public Media (WBEZ/Vocalo).

You can find her on Twitter @SameenaMustafa or




Mariam Sobh is a journalist and performing artist. She has studied and performed sketch comedy, improvisation and stand up in Chicago through The Second City Training Center and Femme Comique. Mariam also works as a voice over artist, actress and singer on various projects from short films to commercials. Some of the companies she’s worked with including McDonald’s, GE, Shell and Siemens. She runs the blog in her spare time.

You can find her on Twitter @mariamsobh.




mona headshot 5Mona Aburmishan is a stand-up comic, comedic speaker and emcee based in Chicago. She has studied improv and comedy writing at Chicago’s Second City. Mona has performed, emceed, hosted and produced numerous comedy shows, competitions and events in major clubs, theaters and universities around the world. Mona has a Master’s in International Development and is fluent in English, German and Arabic. Having lived in Europe, The Middle East, and Africa, Mona uses her global expertise and perspectives as well as her homegrown Chicago-style to offer a fresh look at the funny that’s all around us. Mona’s experiences living in war and in peace allows her a powerful insight into the amazing impact of comedy as a vessel for peace.Recently Mona became the first Arab and/or Muslim woman to perform stand up comedy in the nation’s most prestigious institutions. She was featured at Carnegie Hall in New York City as well as the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC. Similarly, Mona was featured in the first ever US Consulate sponsored Comedy Festival in the West Bank. Locally, Mona is a regular on Chicago’s on morning show “Windy City Live!”

In addition to her regular performances throughout the Globe, Mona maintains her love for Chicago by producing her own stand up comedy and trivia showcase called “The Comedy Bowl.” Mona has also established a kids comedy class and workshop throughout the inner-city called “Lil Comix” that teaches kids the art of stand up comedy, improv and comedic writing; with a collective school performance as the course finale – when she is not performing on stages around the globe.

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