From DDO to stardom

Stéphanie Alcaraz-Robinson
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Eman El-Husseini is headlining at Montreal's Comedy Works

The bubbly comedian, who goes simply by "Eman", is one step closer to her dream of becoming a famous and successful comedian. Headlining from Febuary 6th through the 8th at Montreal's Comedy Works, her personal experiences will be the center of her performance.

Eman will be headlining at Montreal's Comedy Works, February 6th through the 8 th.

She comes from Dollard des Ormeaux but the comedian is now known internationally, having toured across Canada, the United States and Middle Eastern countries. But home is where the heart is.

"I love that I grew up in DDO. I loved the school that I went to École secondaire Des Sources. My childhood was a really good one. DDO is a great neighbourhood. It's very mixed and intercultural, so I grew up with a lot of friends from different backgrounds. It's something that I am very grateful for. I am so proud to have grown up in the West-Island", says Eman.

The thrill of the game

She has been making people laugh for almost eight years, not afraid to talk about religion and politics. She never knows where she will end up tomorrow, and that doesn’t scare her.

"The uncertainty is very difficult. Listen, it's a scary thing, but there is so much satisfaction that comes from obtaining a goal. I feel it's that thrill that keeps me going. When I go to bed at night, I feel like I'm doing what I want to do and this makes me face the fear every single day. It's so fulfilling.

"It's difficult at times. You're scraping money for rent and everything; you're trying to find out when your next gig, but it keeps you hustling", she admits.

And her plan is to continue on the path she has taken.

"I want to be famous and rich, she giggles. I really love touring and meeting different people. It's very exciting and this is what I want to do. Becoming a headliner is a huge stepping stone in a comedian's career."

Being a Palestinian muslim woman, her shows give her perspective on her experiences here.

"It's really talking about my life and my views about politics. Before the Charte des valeurs, I was a huge Pauline Marois supporter. Now, it contributes a lot to my comedy act. […] I talk about everyday things that happen in my life. It's really telling my story the way I see it", she informs.

Mike Ward's seal of approval

Host of the show, popular comedian Mike Ward is not cheap when it comes to complimenting her.

"It's someone that needs to be discovered. She is really funny. When she asked me to be a host, I was very happy. And I don't think that anyone can be disappointed after seeing her perform. As soon as she finishes her first joke, people will already love her."

What's to be expected from Ward, famous for his edgy humor? "My job as a host is to make people look good. Don't expect any scandals from me this week-end!"

Comedy Works, 1238 Bishop Street, Montreal. 514-398-9661.

For more news on Eman, visit her website :

Geographic location: DDO, Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Canada United States West-Island Montreal

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