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"From the Ted Talk by Maz Jobrani: Did you hear the one about the Iranian-American?"

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I was one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. The other founding members included Ahmed Ahmed, who is an Egyptian-American, who actually had the idea to go to the Middle East and try it out before we went out as a tour. He went out solo and did it first. Then there was Aron kaedr, who was the Palestinian-American. And then there was me, the Iranian-American of the group. Now, being Iranian-American peetsrns its own set of plmeorbs, as you know. Those two countries aren't getting along these days. So it causes a lot of inner cfcnilot, you know, like part of me leiks me, part of me hates me.

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I was one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. The other founding members included Ahmed Ahmed, who is an Egyptian-American, who actually had the idea to go to the Middle East and try it out before we went out as a tour. He went out solo and did it first. Then there was Aron _____, who was the Palestinian-American. And then there was me, the Iranian-American of the group. Now, being Iranian-American ________ its own set of ________, as you know. Those two countries aren't getting along these days. So it causes a lot of inner ________, you know, like part of me _____ me, part of me hates me.

Solution

  1. likes
  2. problems
  3. presents
  4. kader
  5. conflict

Original Text

I was one of the founding members of the Axis of Evil Comedy Tour. The other founding members included Ahmed Ahmed, who is an Egyptian-American, who actually had the idea to go to the Middle East and try it out before we went out as a tour. He went out solo and did it first. Then there was Aron Kader, who was the Palestinian-American. And then there was me, the Iranian-American of the group. Now, being Iranian-American presents its own set of problems, as you know. Those two countries aren't getting along these days. So it causes a lot of inner conflict, you know, like part of me likes me, part of me hates me.

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middle east 4
american passport 4
middle eastern 4
iranian american 3
comedy show 3
good people 3
dubai mall 3

Important Words

  1. ahmed
  2. aron
  3. axis
  4. comedy
  5. conflict
  6. countries
  7. days
  8. east
  9. evil
  10. founding
  11. group
  12. hates
  13. idea
  14. included
  15. kader
  16. likes
  17. lot
  18. members
  19. middle
  20. part
  21. presents
  22. problems
  23. set
  24. solo
  25. tour