×

Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert

Subjects many people think are no laughing matter get treated as just that in "Allah Made Me Funny," a concert film documenting a tour by Muslim-American stand-up talents Mohammed "Mo" Amer, Bryant "Preacher" Moss and Azhar Usman.

Subjects many people think are no laughing matter get treated as just that in “Allah Made Me Funny,” a concert film documenting a tour by Muslim-American stand-up talents Mohammed “Mo” Amer, Bryant “Preacher” Moss and Azhar Usman. Released to Landmark Cinemas Oct. 3, this amusing rather than laugh-out-loud funny project is best suited to smallscreen exposure. Theatrical playoff will provide a quick prelude to ancillary.

While the concept is stimulating, there’s actually too little political comedy here, as most yucks center on traditional men-vs.-women, my-funny-family material of middling inspiration. Before a conspicuously multicultural Los Angeles crowd, performers’ routines — notably lacking in profanity — are separated by brief docu sequences profiling their home lives and creative processes. Houston-raised Palestinian emigre Amer is likable, but his writing is too often innocuous. Bushy-bearded Chicagoan Usman, of Subcontinental Indian heritage, has some sharper crosscultural observances. Best is saved for last, as Washington, D.C.-based “Preacher” Moss confidently spins humor from claimed twin-pariah status as both Muslim- and African-American. Yet even his material is good, not great. Presentation is pro.

Allah Made Me Funny: Live in Concert

  • Production: A Truly Indie release of a Unity Prods. Foundation production in association with Spark Media and Handshake Prods. Produced by Andrea Kalin, Bryant Moss, Azhar Usman. Executive producers, Alex Konemer, Michael Wolfe. Directed by Andrea Kalin.
  • Crew: Camera (color, HD-to-DV), John Rhode, Bryan Sarkinen; editor, David Grossbach; production designer, Jennifer Spence.Reviewed on DVD, San Francisco, Sept. 22, 2008. Running time: 83 MIN.
  • With: With: Mohammed “Mo” Amer, Bryant “Preacher” Moss, Azhar Usman.
  • Music By: