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Laugh in Peace Tour


The White House Initiative and LISAR are proud to partner with the Muslim Student Association to bring the "Laugh in Peace" Tour to the UW-Madison on Thursday, March 8th from 7 to 9 PM at Varsity Hall II in Union South.

The New York Times declared that the Laugh in Peace Tour "had the audience convulsing." And that's just what to expect when comedians Azhar Usman, a Muslim, and Rabbi Bob Alper, a Jew, take the stage.

There's a reason why XM / Sirius satellite radio plays Vermont resident Rabbi Bob Alper's comedy bits several times daily, often sandwiched between Bob Newhart and Bill Cosby: Bob's unique background…he's an ordained rabbi who served congregations for fourteen years and holds a doctorate from Princeton Theological Seminary…prepared him well for a twenty-three year comedy career with wonderfully unique material presented in a way that's hilarious, sophisticated, and 100% clean.

Azhar Usman is perhaps the world's most famous American Muslim comedian. He was the subject of an entire episode of ABC's Nightline, and was featured on CBS Sunday Morning. He hails from Chicago, with roots from the Indian subcontinent, and has performed throughout the US and in numerous foreign countries with the "Allah Made Me Funny" comedy tour.

Together, Bob and Azhar perform at colleges, churches, synagogues, and theatres in a show that The Detroit Free Press calls "one of the most unusual and uplifting cross-cultural experiences you'll have this year."

The performance will be followed by an Q&A panel featuring the performers, lead by LISAR Assistant Director Ulrich Rosenhagen.

To learn more about "Laugh in Peace," visit