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From the Ted Talk by Jamil Abu-Wardeh: The Axis of Evil Middle East Comedy Tour

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Working in London as TV maker and writer, I quickly realized that comedy connects audiences. Now, the best bieerndg gurond for good cmioc writing is the stand-up comedy circuit, where they just happen to say that you kill when you do well and you bomb when you do badly. An unfortunate ceontocinn for us maybe, but it reminds me that we'd like to thank one man for, over the past decade, working tslseriely to support comedians all around the world, specifically comedians with a Middle Eastern background. (Applause) Like my good friends, Dean and moayson, at the bottom of the screen, who, two years after 9/11, started a fsevtail to change the way Middle enestrreas are perceived in the world. It's still going strong, with positive press to die for. Also, three guys working for years in Los Angeles, an Iranian, a ptaainilesn and an Egyptian, created the aptly named Axis of Evil cdmeoy act. And wherever they went, they kellid.

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Working in London as TV maker and writer, I quickly realized that comedy connects audiences. Now, the best ________ ______ for good _____ writing is the stand-up comedy circuit, where they just happen to say that you kill when you do well and you bomb when you do badly. An unfortunate __________ for us maybe, but it reminds me that we'd like to thank one man for, over the past decade, working __________ to support comedians all around the world, specifically comedians with a Middle Eastern background. (Applause) Like my good friends, Dean and _______, at the bottom of the screen, who, two years after 9/11, started a ________ to change the way Middle __________ are perceived in the world. It's still going strong, with positive press to die for. Also, three guys working for years in Los Angeles, an Iranian, a ___________ and an Egyptian, created the aptly named Axis of Evil ______ act. And wherever they went, they ______.

Solution

  1. comic
  2. connection
  3. tirelessly
  4. ground
  5. breeding
  6. easterners
  7. killed
  8. festival
  9. palestinian
  10. maysoon
  11. comedy

Original Text

Working in London as TV maker and writer, I quickly realized that comedy connects audiences. Now, the best breeding ground for good comic writing is the stand-up comedy circuit, where they just happen to say that you kill when you do well and you bomb when you do badly. An unfortunate connection for us maybe, but it reminds me that we'd like to thank one man for, over the past decade, working tirelessly to support comedians all around the world, specifically comedians with a Middle Eastern background. (Applause) Like my good friends, Dean and Maysoon, at the bottom of the screen, who, two years after 9/11, started a festival to change the way Middle Easterners are perceived in the world. It's still going strong, with positive press to die for. Also, three guys working for years in Los Angeles, an Iranian, a Palestinian and an Egyptian, created the aptly named Axis of Evil comedy act. And wherever they went, they killed.

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