Comedian Sammy Obeid performs at UM-Dearborn

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By YVONNE TOMEI, Staff Writer

The end of the semester is near which means only one thing: FINALS. With the stress of finals creeping up on the University of Michigan-Dearborn students, it seems as though most of them needed a bit of comic relief.

M-FIT, a student fitness organization on campus, set up an event they thought students would love, which included chicken wings, desserts, laughs, and good conversation.

M-FIT is an organization that focuses on student health. They put together fitness events such as yoga, group exercises, and nutrition classes. Members of M-FIT got their hands on comedian Sammy Obeid.

The event took place Thursday, March 27 in room 1030 in the College of Arts, Sciences, and Letters (CASL). Obeid had more than 100 students laughing their butts off. Nothing was off limits; he joked about families, friends, cops, race, and relationships.

“He is hilarious, with all of the studying we have had and still have to do this winter semester this gave us a chance to relax and have a good time on campus,” said Ali Hashem, a senior at UM-Dearborn.

Sammy Obeid is of Lebanese, Palestinian, Syrian, and Italian descent. He grew up around the Bay area in California and currently resides in Los Angeles. The 30-year old got his start doing various open mic nights, which led to a full United States tour that he is currently on.

Obeid is mostly known for being the first comedian to ever perform for 1000 days (1001 nights) consecutively, which he completed on September 21, 2013. Obeid’s first big appearance was on the Conan O’Brien show.

“It was definitely a learning experience for me, my sets were great while performing on that show, it was the start of something great.”

He was also featured on the popular show America’s Got Talent.

“That was a lot of fun, I just kind of sucked for me because they cut a lot of my set out, I didn’t really enjoy that part of it.”

When I asked M-FIT member junior Ali Rizk what made them pick Sammy out of all comedians to come perform on campus. Rizk said, “I’ve seen him before at the Dearborn Performing Arts Center, he was super funny, I thought why not bring him here to UM-Dearborn to give us a few laughs so I contacted his manager after the show and we finally set something up.”

“He had me laughing so hard, he was a good choice for our crowd. I loved that he had no filter,” said Iman Bazzi, a sophomore at UM-Dearborn.

Obeid will continue his U.S. tour and is setting his sights on acting in the near future. If you would like to learn more about him or would like to attend one of his shows, you can contact him through his website www.sammyko.com, twitter @SAMMYOBEID, facebook.com/sammyobeid, or Instagram @SAMMYOBEID.