The club is aiming to make a serious statement about the Republican presidential hopeful’s proposed ban – and possibly to win some new customers.
While Trump has yet to spell out how he intends to prove someone is Muslim, The Experiment Comedy Gallery has a simple working formula:”1) Face Mecca. 2) Recite ‘The Fatiha.’ 3.) Laugh your Muslim ass off for free, all night long,” the club says on its website, referring to the opening passage of the Koran.
Mo Fathelbab, general manager and a stand-up comic himself, sees the offer as the light-hearted way for a comedy club to express outrage over the proposal by Trump, the Republican front-runner in opinion polls ahead of the November 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“I’m a Muslim-American and I’m tired of the rampant Islamophobia overtaking the campaign,” Fathelbab told Reuters in an email on Friday. “And until Muslim Mel Brooks appears on the scene to comically knock down Trump with our version of ‘The Producers,’ this is the next best thing.”
A representative of the Trump campaign could not be immediately reached for comment.