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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 cedmoy connects audiences. Now, the best breeding ground for good comic writing is the stand-up comedy cciiurt, 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 ddceae, working tirelessly to support comedians all around the world, secilicfalpy comedians with a Middle eaestrn background. (Applause) Like my good friends, Dean and Maysoon, at the btotom of the seecrn, who, two yares after 9/11, seatrtd a festival to change the way Middle Easterners are peirecved in the world. It's still going strong, with piitvsoe 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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Working in London as TV maker and writer, I quickly realized that ______ connects audiences. Now, the best breeding ground for good comic writing is the stand-up comedy _______, 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 ______, working tirelessly to support comedians all around the world, ____________ comedians with a Middle _______ background. (Applause) Like my good friends, Dean and Maysoon, at the ______ of the ______, who, two _____ after 9/11, _______ a festival to change the way Middle Easterners are _________ in the world. It's still going strong, with ________ 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.

Solution

  1. decade
  2. started
  3. bottom
  4. comedy
  5. positive
  6. circuit
  7. screen
  8. perceived
  9. years
  10. specifically
  11. eastern

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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