Maria Shehata



Maria Shehata is an award-winning Egyptian-American comedian, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio. Her unlikely blend of Mid East and American Mid West perspectives give her a point of view that is hilarious, unique, and yet still universal.  

Maria’s stand up has been featured on Comedy Central’s “The Watch List,” Showtime’s “Bridging the Gap,” and Nuvo TV's "Stand Up and Deliver," as well as the critically acclaimed films “Just Like Us” and the "The Cradle of Comedy." Maria has been invited to perform in numerous comedy festivals, most recently the 2016 Bridgetown Comedy Festival in Portland. She won Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema, and her web series "My Super-Overactive Imagination" won Best Comedy at the Miami Web Fest, where she was also nominated for Best Actress. 

Currently, Maria is touring and directing a documentary called "United Ladies of Comedy" about female comedians around the world. Look out for Maria on the upcoming indie feature "Brand New Old Love."

Maria is my favorite little Egyptian.
— Jim Gaffigan
Brutally honest comedy
— Daily Lobo
Refreshingly distinctive point of view
— KoreAm Jounral
Maria Shehata has a Janeane Garafalo type swagger to her, both funny and entertaining.
— LA Times


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