Thankfully, a friend of the site here at The Comic’s Comic hollered my way today and didn’t let me forget that this week, New York City has been playing host to the fifth annual Arab-American Comedy Festival.

Insert anti-terror joke here.

Mariamaysoon Fifty-four comedians of varying heritages have taken the stages since Friday to show that Arab-Americans have a sense of humor, too. It has been an ongoing mission, especially since 9/11/2001, to re-educate audiences about stereotypes against Arabs, and also to laugh about them. The festival closes tonight with a "Best of the Fest" showcase, co-hosted by Dean Obeidallah and Maysoon Zayid (pictured, Maria Shehata and Zayid) and featuring stand-up from Joe DeRosa and Ronnie Khalil, comedians from the "New Faces" show, sketches and films. Includes free admission to the closing-night party at the Zipper Factory. Tickets available here.