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Hi, I'm Mo Fathelbab. I'm what the kids these days call a "content creator". I produce comedic things for the Internet and for the stage.
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johndevore:

Are you okay? Is New York getting to you? Are things not going according to plan?

Stop whining. For fuck’s sake. 

The plan you don’t plan for isn’t the plan you planned but it’s usually more original. Isn’t that why you moved to New York? To be original?

God, you didn’t move to play make-believe, did you?

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A TARDIS showed up in the middle of the bar I’m performing at. #DoctorWho (at The Way Station)

My dad would have turned 72 today and though he passed away a little over 7 years ago, the events of the last year made the life lessons he so selflessly taught me all the more resonate. He was a smart business. Most likely the smartest businessman I’ll ever encounter. (He owned property and businesses like luncheonettes and travel agencies that catered to tour groups. Not bad for an immigrant from Egypt.) But he was also nice. He never screwed anyone for anything. He believed in “getting yours” through hard work and fairness. “Killing them with kindness” was not just a cliche. It was his mantra. And if competition popped up, he welcomed it. He believed that it made him better at whatever it was he was doing.

My dad would have been on the first flight to Los Angeles to have my back when I was going through the the professional (and personal) shitstorm I had mired myself in. He would have been shrewd but kind about the whole ordeal. He would have made the other side feel like the won while making sure I didn’t get screwed. There would’ve been a positive ending to the entire situation.

My dad would have also been the first one to back my current endeavor, not just financially (though that was his MO) but with sound advice. Learning through his own success and failures. Then he would push me to do that for others. He would encourage all of us to become a supportive team. (Lucky for him, his team consisted of his partner in life and in business, my mom.)

I didn’t heed the nuggets of advice he gave me throughout his life for the last couple of years and the results were less than ideal. Now, I’m trying to emulate him. And though I may not be as successful as he was at least he guides me on the right path. Anything positive coming my way, I owe a great deal to him. I hope I can be the example of what he taught me.

Happy Birthday, Dad.

Kindergarten class picture from 1985 or 1970’s folk album cover? Either way, look at that full head of hair! #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays #ps179 #kindergarden #classpicture #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity

I performed a 15 minute set on New Year’s Eve during the special Manifesto! show I co-hosted with Tim Ellis down at The People’s Republic of Brooklyn (247 Smith Street, Brooklyn, NY 11231). Ben Trandem shot it for The Experiment. Watch and enjoy!

Rehearsing a dance video for @theexcomedy with director @johnkingman, cohorts @samgrittner & Justin Lang, and our lovely choreographer Troy. #theexcomedy #theexperiment #dance #sketch #comedy #venus

Still have this awesome shirt @jpurnell designed & given to me by the best boss I ever had, Amy Poehler, after working the big #SNL Writers Guild Strike show at @UCBTheatreNYC in 2007. #UCB #UCBTheatre #Comedy #NYC #Sketch #WGA #SaturdayNightLive #tbt #throwbackthursday #throwbackthursdays (at Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre)

This is me talking about the first time I ate at #RubyTuesday. You had to be there. (#Repost from @theexcomedy with @repostapp.) #manifesto #prbrooklyn #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #standup #comedy #theexcomedy #theexperiment #sliders (at The People’s Republic of Brooklyn)

Here’s @chrissiemayr @iamtimellis & I doing a #ValentinesDay bit at the top of the #Manifesto show tonight. (#Repost from @theexcomedy with @repostapp.) #theexcomedy #theexperiment #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #standup #comedy #vday #prbrooklyn (at The People’s Republic of Brooklyn)

Here’s proof that @iamtimellis & I host a weekly #standup show at #PRBrooklyn called #Manifesto! Tuesdays at 8pm. (#Repost from @theexcomedy with @repostapp.) #theexcomedy #theexperiment #comedy #nyc #newyorkcity #brooklyn (at The People’s Republic of Brooklyn)

This little guy somehow seems to know that depression’s rearing its ugly head again because when it does he comes up to me, presses his forehead to my chin, and then sits in my lap. It’s like he’s checking in.

He was found in the bushes in my mom’s neighborhood, cowering with fear after his own mother was run over by a car. He was 3 weeks old. 4 months later, he’s a rambunctious pain in the ass who craves affection and seems to reciprocate. I guess it’d be wise to say we came into each other’s lives when we most needed it to happen. #Cats #Kittens #CatsOfInstagram #KittensOfInstagram

sarabenincasa:

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If I remember correctly (and I may not), the very first time I met Rob Delaney was when he opened for me at the smaller room at Largo way back in the wild days of ‘09 (or was it 2010?). Even in the year 2009 (or 2010), a prehistoric time when Twitter confused us all and we thought the world…

The #SuperBowl is being projected on the wall of a #Bushwick, #Brooklyn art studio. #Fancy #Denver #Broncos #Seattle #Seahawks #NFL

talkingbreakfast:

Critical Hit! 

In which many of my comedy friends play characters in a Dungeons & Dragons-like world.

This is great. Plus I have a cameo in it.

From tonight’s #Manifesto!: @pauloddo @curlycomedy @samgrittner @missmarielena @misteralways & @djtomdog. (Produced by @iamtimellis @dfdrury & me for @theexcomedy. Hosted by Tim & me.) #theexcomedy #theexperiment #prb #brooklyn #nyc #newyorkcity #standup #comedy #tuesdays #free #weekly #show (at The People’s Republic of Brooklyn)