Lebanese-Palestinian-Syrian-Italian-American, born in Oakland, California, Sammy Obeid is best known for his 1,001 day streak of consecutive comedy performances. It began on December 26th, 2010, and concluded on September 21st, 2013 – four days after an appearance on Conan. Breaking the old world record on Day 731, Sammy set the new one at 1,001 Arabian Nights of Comedy.
Over the course of the streak, he appeared on NBC’s America’s Got Talent and advanced to the Las Vegas round, and became the first comedian to perform on The Food Network. Splitsider conducted an extensive interview with him entering the home stretch. LA Weekly praised Sammy’s “sheer force of will” in performance and lifestyle, and LA Mag recommended his show highly. He was profiled in TIME Magazine, followed soon after by an article in the New York Times. Published on his final day, it describes his material as, “full of wordplay” and “clever misdirection.”
Chunks of his streak were spent as youngest member of both the CoExist Comedy and Axis of Evil: New Generation national tours. Capping the streak, his debut album, Get Funny or Die Trying, was named a Best Comedy Album of 2013 by iTunes. Not slowed, Sammy has now embarked on a national college tour performing for hundreds of students a week.
Sammy has founded his own comedy enterprise, KO Comedy. He’s hard at work on both a book and documentary about his 1,001 Nights, each with the witty advice and deep-insider view found on his blog.
Stuart Thompson is a comedian and writer from San Francisco. His honest and intellectual comedy has entertained audiences all over California. He currently works as a doorman at The Comedy Store in Hollywood. Stuart authors the blog Newsweakly: Weak News, Strong Stories and was a contributing writer for National Lampoon.