Maria Shehata


An Egyptian-American comedian, born and raised in Columbus, Ohio, Maria Shehata's unlikely blend of mid-east and mid-west gives 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 ListJust Like Us: The Movie, NuVo TV's Stand Up and Deliver, and Showtime’s Bridging the Gap. Maria is one of six Middle Eastern comedians showcased in the documentary The Cradle of Comedy.

Maria has been invited to perform in numerous comedy festivals. Most recently, she won Best Comedian at the Hollywood Festival of New Cinema, and was nominated for Best Actress at the Miami Web Fest, where her web series won Best Comedy.

With her universal appeal, she has performed all over the United States, as well as throughout the Middle East and Europe. 

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


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