Born in New Jersey, Dean is the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Negin’s parents, Iranian immigrants, raised her in Palm Springs, something that would have been impossible in Iran. Or in New Jersey. Recently they assembled a group of comedians, mostly Muslim, and toured what might seem to be inhospitable parts of the country – the deep south, Arizona, Salt Lake City – documenting the trip in The Muslims Are Coming, their new film. For comics responding to addlepated bigotry, they are surprisingly low on anger, which Randy finds a little disappointing. He’ll get over it.
PERSON: Dan Henry, the atheist of Idaho Falls
PLACE: Five Points South, a square in Birmingham, Alabama
THING: a pink pastry box