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The Women of #JFL42: Eman El-Husseini

Just For Laughs 42 is descending on Toronto from September 21 to 30, and we’ve decided to quiz the funniest comedians from this year’s event. Don’t miss out on seeing them perform live – get tickets here.

Eman El-Husseini has racked up an impressive list of credits – from festival appearances at Just for Laughs and the New York Arab American Comedy Festival, to TV appearances on the Comedy Network and CBC’S The Debaters. After travelling across Canada, the U.S. and the Middle East, she delivers funny and intelligent humour that covers a wide range of topics.

SDTC: What should we be paying more attention to?

EE: ME!! Pay attention to me! I need to be a celeb already to make the world a better place. My success is what God wants. If you help me, you will go to heaven. Oh shit, sorry. I was reading Joel Osteen’s bio.

But seriously though: YEMEN. What’s happening to the people of Yemen at the hands of American and Saudi greed. The profit guns and weapons make has completely eliminated the conscience of so many governments.

What was the last Netflix series you binged on?

Master of None. Loved it! Especially the Thanksgiving/coming out episode. Angela Bassett is freakin’ royalty.

One new thing you learned this year?

Golf does not suit my temperament. Apparently yelling and swearing in Arabic isn’t sportsmanlike.

Describe 2017 so far in one word.

Trump (ugh).

What book/song/lyric/etc is resonating with you right now?

Drake and DJ Khaled’s “For Free.” Every time I have a good comedy set I don’t get paid for. I sing to myself, “Is it just me? Is it just me? Or is that set so good I shouldn’t have to f***k for free.”

Describe the funniest thing you’ve experienced in recent memory.

My sister makes me laugh the hardest. A bunch of us were away on holiday and my sister asked my wife how much something cost and my wife told her it’s rude to ask. At the end of the trip as we were crossing the border to come back to Canada, my sister told my wife, “When they ask you how much money you spent don’t forget to tell them it’s rude to ask.” We haven’t stopped laughing since.

Best advice you’ve been given?

What is this advice you speak of?

What is the best part of being your current age?

Being the most self-aware yet.

What word or phrase should we use more often?

“Thank you for holding the door open for me.”

What’s on your night stand?

Whatever my wife puts there that belongs to me and was lying around the house. My night stand serves as her passive-aggressive messenger.

What one item would you be lost without (besides your phone)?

My wedding ring.

What do you love/loathe most about humanity?

People don’t push themselves enough to evolve. We sit in a rut or refuse to broaden our horizons. It freaks me out. I’m convinced that’s why hate wins sometimes. We are always too scared or threatened by others. Instead of exposing ourselves to different people, we decide to embrace negative stereotypes. A lot of people are followers and that’s extremely boring and frustrating. Which leads to what I love most in people: those who are unapologetically themselves. It’s refreshing, unique and so interesting.

What trends are you loving right now?

People are finally seeing that Ru Paul might actually be God.

Who was your celebrity crush when you were a kid?

Jason Priestley. Jordan Knight is a very close second.

Describe your ideal Saturday.

Sun, good food, friends and draaanks.

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