The Contest in Context: Laughlines and Lifelines

1 Apr 2021
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Virtual Event


Artwork by Slavs and Tatars. 

Hurford Center for the Arts and Humanities, in collaboration with Twelve Gates Arts and the Philadelphia chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, presents The Contest in Context: Laughlines and Lifelines, a virtual event in which comedians Esra Karakaya and Moses Solomon (a.k.a. Moses the Comic) discuss the role of comedy for contemporary Muslims. 

Each bringing their own unique global perspective, the two artists speak on comedy as a means of saying the unspeakable and navigating an uncertain and sometimes violent world. 

Karakaya is an award-winning journalist, video producer, and YouTube talk show host based in Berlin. Solomon is an accomplished Muslim comedian who started his comedy career in Philadelphia and has since traveled all over the world using comedy to bridge the gap between Muslims and non-Muslims. 

This event is part of Hurford’s programming offering background and insights into The Contest of the Fruits, a multidisciplinary and cross-cultural project taking inspiration from a 19th-century Muslim text written in Uyghur.  

The event is free, and advance registration is required.