19 episodes

Comedians Mo Amer and Azhar Usman ask the big questions the modern world makes you forget. Are we living in a simulation? What is money? What is life after death? They get real when it gets uncomfortable and funny when it gets serious. Are they joking . . . or not? New episodes drop every Thursday.

Joking Not Joking Luminary

    • Comedy
    • 3.3 • 3 Ratings

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Comedians Mo Amer and Azhar Usman ask the big questions the modern world makes you forget. Are we living in a simulation? What is money? What is life after death? They get real when it gets uncomfortable and funny when it gets serious. Are they joking . . . or not? New episodes drop every Thursday.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Was Muhammad Ali an American Muslim Saint? ft. Imam Zaid Shakir

    Was Muhammad Ali an American Muslim Saint? ft. Imam Zaid Shakir

    Born Ricky D. Mitchell in Berkeley, CA in 1956, Imam Zaid Shakir converted to Islam in 1977 while serving in the United States Air Force. He studied the religion of Islam extensively, and today is popularly regarded as “America’s Imam,” and one of the most prominent Muslim preachers alive. Imam Zaid was Muhammad Ali’s spiritual leader, guide, and dear friend, and was whispering prayers into his ear in his hospital room when he passed away. Per Ali’s prior request, he led his funeral prayer and presided over his memorial service. Among other achievements and accolades, he is also the co-founder of Zaytuna College (a private Islamic liberal arts college). He publishes regularly on contemporary issues and matters of public interest and debate, both as a private scholar and public intellectual. This episode is a rare gem, full of wisdom, insight, and timeless advice for the sincere seeker of truth. 
    Guest: Imam Zaid Shakir

    More Info:
    Article: “The Greatest, At Rest,” by Tom Junod
    Link: https://www.espn.com/espn/feature/story/_/id/19409912/the-planning-muhammad-ali-funeral 
    Websites:
    https://zaytuna.edu/academics/faculty/zaid-shakir 
    https://www.newislamicdirections.com/new_nid/about/ 

    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 19 min
    You Went to Clown School? ft. Ahamed Weinberg and Paul Elia

    You Went to Clown School? ft. Ahamed Weinberg and Paul Elia

    Comedians Ahamed Weinberg and Paul Elia are back with Mo & AZ to discuss Clown School: how it’s affected Ahamed’s standup routine, and how it shaped his rise as a comedian in Los Angeles. Clown is fast emerging as a fourth genre of comedy (after standup, sketch, and improv). Also: a message for Bill Cosby (Spoiler: the disgraced legend may owe Mo a significant payment for alleged joke theft).
    Guests: Ahamed Weinberg, Paul Elia
    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 21 min
    So You Grew Up in Alief? ft. Tobe Nwigwe & Bassam Tariq

    So You Grew Up in Alief? ft. Tobe Nwigwe & Bassam Tariq

    Mo and AZ are joined by Grammy-nominated rapper, singer, and actor Tobe Nwigwe and filmmaker, producer, and screenwriter Bassam Tariq to discuss Alief: what it was like growing up in a suburb of Houston, and its lasting impact on who they are today. Alief (aka “SWAT” - Southwest Alief Texas) also gave the world Beyoncé, Lizzo, and a bunch of other artists and entertainers. Is there something in the water?
    Guests: Tobe Nwigwe, Bassam Tariq
    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 19 min
    Where We Headed, Player? ft. Paul Elia

    Where We Headed, Player? ft. Paul Elia

    Mo’s hit Netflix show “MO” is making waves globally, and people are talking. Fellow comedian Paul Elia (Conan, Ramy, Lowkey Comedy) joins Mo and AZ to further discuss their backstories, and the process of the Come Up. Palestine-based standup phenom Adi Khalefa delivers a dispatch from the Arab streets. 
    Guests: Paul Elia, Adi Khalefa
    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 20 min
    What's Your Origin Story?

    What's Your Origin Story?

    “Making it” in show biz is different for everyone. Mo shares the story behind his rise in the entertainment industry: from doing standup in high school to becoming a nationally, then internationally, touring comedian and award-winning actor/creator. AZ shares a bit about his own winding path–from lawyer to startup founder to comic–and the duo reminisce about their proverbial Come Up.
    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 18 min
    Do You Believe Conspiracy Theories, Bro?

    Do You Believe Conspiracy Theories, Bro?

    Aristotle said: “It is the mark of an educated mind to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Mo and AZ discuss some known, and many lesser-known, conspiracies. But let’s be clear: AZ doesn’t believe in conspiracy theories; he believes in conspiracy facts. (For example, it turns out Aristotle never said that fake quote above. Seriously, Google it.)
    ORIGINAL AUDIO PRODUCTION, MUSIC & SOUND DESIGN BY SALT
    Executive Produced by Mo Amer, Azhar Usman, Noah Gersh, Jamie Schefman, Nick Panama, Kenzi Wilbur
    Head of Creative: Jordan Galvan 
    Head of Production: Liz LeMay
    Head of Post Production: Robert Adler
    Producers: Imran Ali Malik & Aaron Kennedy 
    Supervising Producers: Allie Strobel & Alice Bearn
    Post Production Supervisor: Aly Honoré
    Post Production Coordinator: Jax Raffle 

    Edited by: Geoffrey Mutchnik and Aaron Kennedy 
    Sound Design and Music by: Matthew Chilelli
    Mixed by: Aaron Kennedy 
    Recorded by Aaron Kennedy, Zack Djurich and Mario Borgatta 
    Guest Booking by Drive Entertainment and Hager Eldaas

    Additional music courtesy of Extreme Music.
    Joking Not Joking is a Luminary Original, and a co-production between SALT, Legally Homeless, Inc., and Numinous Company, Inc.

    • 20 min

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