100 Most Powerful Arabs Under 40
Sun 19 Apr 2015 05:23 AM
Ronnie Khalil
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Ronnie Khalil

Industry: Arts and entertainment

Designation: Comedian

Country: US (Egypt)

Citizenship: @Ronniekhalil

Age: 37

Born in Miami and raised by Egyptian parents, Ronnie Khalil has headlined across four continents, taped two “Friday Night Live” Showtime Comedy specials in Dubai, including “Minorities Rule” and “New World Order”, both of which were shown across 14 countries in the Middle East, as well as “Stand-Up Australia,” airing in Australia and New Zealand.

He has toured the United States as a guest performer with the “Axis of Evil”, performed with “Arabs Gone Wild”, has performed in sold-out shows across the Middle East and was part of the first-ever Amman Stand-up Comedy Festival in Jordan, as well as numerous other comedy festivals including the New York Underground, NY Arab-American, South Beach, Los Angeles and Boston Comedy Festivals.

He is also the executive producer of the first ever Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles, premiering September 2009, with the goal of changing stereotypes in the Hollywood entertainment industry. He is also working on his first feature film, which he wrote and is starring in, to be shot in Cairo, Egypt, titled “Seducing Leyla.”