Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World

Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World

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Comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks serves his country while struggling to get some laughs in this offbeat satiric comedy. Brooks plays himself, a comedic filmmaker whose most recent success was providing the voice of a fish for an animated feature and who has just been passed by as director for a remake of Harvey. As Brooks wonders what's going to happen next with his career, his wife (Amy Ryan), and his daughter, he's approached by government representatives who want him for a special assignment. The State Department, eager to better understand the cultural gap between the United States and the Middle East, have been directed by the president to make a study of what makes Muslims laugh. Brooks is asked to fly to India and Pakistan and bring back a 500-page report on Muslim humor; told the Medal of Freedom may be his if he comes through, Brooks accepts. With a pair of State Department officials in tow, Stuart (John Carroll Lynch) and Mark (Jon Tenney), and some help from a local assistant, Maya (Sheetal Sheth), Brooks sets out to find the funny bone of India's and Pakistan's Muslim communities, though it doesn't take long to find out what they don't find funny -- his standup act. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was originally set for release in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics, but when they became nervous over the film's title, they dropped the project and it was picked up for distribution by Warner Independent Pictures.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/29/2006
UPC: 0012569402829
Original Release: 2005
Rating: PG-13
Source: Warner Home Video
Region Code: 1
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Sound: [Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time: 1:38:00
Sales rank: 68,031

Special Features

Closed Caption; Additional scenes; Theatrical trailer; Subtitles: English, Français & Español (feature film only)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Albert Brooks Albert Brooks
Sheetal Sheth Maya
Jon Tenney Mark
John Carroll Lynch Stuart
Amy Ryan Emily
Fred Dalton Thompson Fred Dalton Thompson
Homie Dorodian Mageed
Kavi Raz Translator
Emma Lockhart Laura
Penny Marshall Penny Marshall
Victoria Burrows Casting Director
Paul Eric Jerome Studio Executive
B.J. Ward Barbara Nader
Tony Montero Don Budge
Lynda Berg Margaret Allenton
Steve Kramer Sam Loman
Conrad Bachmann Ben Wallerstein
Vipin Kumar Customs Agent
Avinash Kaur Job Applicant
Juliet Touzene Job Applicant
Sunny Raina Job Applicant
Rima Laham Job Applicant
Sanjeev Johrai Hotel Guest
Imran Mashkoor Khan Concierge
Kavita Ashok Waitress
Sandhya Bhatia Street Interview
Mitlesh Prasad Street Interview
Manoj Buxi Street Interview
Surinder Arora Man in Temple
Gabbar Singh Guide at Mosque
Raul Laskarov Man in Bar
Duncan Bravo Stage Manager
Kevin Mukherji Spotlight Man
Barbara Ali School Official
Ali Supriwala Fan
Sankalp Rastogi Audience Member
Dhiru Shah Indian Official
Ajay Mehta Indian Official
Radha Zaidi Indian Official
Anand Vadehra Pakistani Comedian
Lalit P. Jobanputra Pakistani Comedian
Gagan Deep Singh Pakistani Comedian
P.D. Mani Pakistani Comedian
Mike Akrawi Pakistani Comedian
Marco Kahn Pakistani Comedian
Ben Anand Pakistani Official
Raghu Bhagat Pakistani Official
Subash Kundanmal Pakistani Official
Ahmed Ahmed Escort
Yasmine Hannaney Receptionist
Marshall Manesh Shaif Al-Rafi
Sameh Sheik Mukhtar Al-Mujib
Shaheen Sheik News Anchor
Linden Soles News Anchor
Reena Dutt Bar Patron

Technical Credits
Albert Brooks Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Mike Aarvold Sound Mixer
Thomas E. Ackerman Cinematographer
Stephen Altman Production Designer
Angela Amaro Costumes/Costume Designer
Scott Boland Casting
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne Editor
Leah P. Brown Costumes/Costume Designer
John Bucklin Art Director
Victoria Burrows Casting
Deborah Everton Costumes/Costume Designer
Harry K. Garvin Camera Operator
Michael Giacchino Score Composer
Nazhat Sharif Hester Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Hiller Camera Operator
David Hopkins Set Decoration/Design
Rajeev Mehra Production Manager
Herb Nanas Producer
Deepak Nayar Producer
Tabrez Noorani Producer
Joann Perritano Executive Producer
Arif Shamsi Asst. Director
Sonic Magic Studios Sound Mixer
Eric Tignini Asst. Director
Dan Wallin Sound Mixer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World
1. Thanks for Coming In [2:48]
2. Registered Letter [3:12]
3. What Makes Them Laugh [5:01]
4. Welcome to India [4:34]
5. Assistant Candidates [5:29]
6. Trading Sarcasms [3:36]
7. Let's Put on a Show [2:39]
8. They Work Everywhere [2:41]
9. No Apparent Reason [3:34]
10. Our Little Secret [4:31]
11. Room of His Own [4:37]
12. Self-Introduction [2:51]
13. My Friend Danny [5:41]
14. Improvisation Section [6:21]
15. After-the-Show High [2:02]
16. Show-Business Secret [1:09]
17. Border Crossing [3:05]
18. Killed 'Em in Pakistan [2:59]
19. Al-Jazeera Wants You [5:43]
20. That Darn Jew [1:50]
21. Where's the Taj Mahal [5:32]
22. Allowed to Bomb [3:09]
23. Gatherer Get None [4:13]
24. Monumental [3:53]
25. End Credits [2:23]

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Looking For Comedy in the Muslim World 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is outrageously funny, all massively tongue in cheek, not for the ham brained viewer. I've seen it several times and am now ordering it for a friend. Sample, to a secretary he is interviewing for a job, "How fast do you type, ANS 150 wpm, How many languages do you speak? ANS 6 " She is in a hijab, and is very bright and intense. "Are you a Jew?" she asks, ANS, "Yes but only on Tuesdays and Thursdays, other days I'm something else." She is hired. There is another room he passes on the way to his office. It is filled with phone banks, telewallas, doing sales or support. Every time he passes, they are a different company, with totally different accents, Scottish, American, Aussie, British.
Guest More than 1 year ago
simply put this is the funniest movie since "Best in Show"
EGHunter01 More than 1 year ago
This should not even have one star, yet you must put a rating, therefore one star it is. This DVD was not entertaining, to me, at all. The intended audience was not me, based on the fact that I did not laugh once at Mr. Albert Brooks. This must have been a documentary and I misunderstood it for a comedy. ***Glad I did not go to the movie theater to see this, I would have requested a refund. :( :(