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“Ask Netflix I don’t know what’s going on” – Deadline

Writer and comedian Mo Amer was the latest Hollywood name to stop by Saudi Arabia’s Red Sea film festival on Wednesday, where he discussed his varied career as part of the festival’s ‘In Conversation’ series and the potential for a second season of its well-received Netflix sitcom Month.

Amer, who is also known for his role on the popular Hulu/A24 sitcom. ramiwrote, produced and stars in Month, which is inspired by his own life story. The show follows a fictional Palestinian refugee who flees Kuwait with his mother Yusra and his brother Sameer after the start of the Gulf War. The family finally lands in Houston, Texas, where they begin the business of gaining asylum that will last for years.

The show debuted on the streamer in August and quickly became one of the year’s standouts, garnering a Gotham Award for Breakthrough Series Under 40 Minutes. Asked if there was a second season on the horizon, Amer was quick to reply: “Ask Netflix, I don’t know what’s going on. We’ve only won awards and we’re on top 10 lists. I do not know what’s happening.

Aside from acting, Amer has also enjoyed an extensive career as a touring stand-up comedian. And earlier this summer, he made his first big Hollywood appearance in the DC comic book movie. black adamstarring alongside Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock.

Amer said she took her mother to the film’s premiere, and that it was the first film she had seen in an American theater in more than two decades after she walked out on the 1998 film. The siege with his brother because of his portrayal of Palestinians in America.

“The movie is like the most racist and problematic movie that portrays Palestinians as terrorists in the United States,” Amer said. “My mom had a pickle, not popcorn, a pickle. And in the middle of the movie, she just throws the pickle at the screen. She left and had never been to a movie since. And the last time she went was the black adam premiere, and I couldn’t be more proud.”

Dwayne Johnson also hosted Amer’s latest Netflix comedy special Mo Amer: Muhammad in Texas, and when asked how it felt to have Johnson open the show, Amer replied, “I think it was fitting to have someone named The Rock introduce a Palestinian.” The comment, which appeared to be a reference to Palestinian protesters in the West Bank throwing stones as a symbolic act of defiance and resistance against Israeli forces, drew jubilant cheers from the festival crowd.

Elsewhere during the keynote address, Amer discussed his start in the stand-up comedy scene as an Arab writer in the American South and the mentors who helped shape his career. He named Dave Chappelle and John Stewart as key influences on his success and reiterated several times that his rise took many years of trial and error.

“Nothing happened overnight. It took a lot of patience and time to be yourself on American television,” he said. “There are so many things out there where you are forced to do things that you don’t necessarily agree with. It took me over 20 years of patience and understanding to really figure out the business and the story I wanted to tell. It takes a long, long time.”

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