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Comic and filmmaker Albert Brooks serves his country while struggling to get some laughs in this offbeat satiric comedy. Brooks plays himself, a comedic filmmaker whose most recent success was providing the voice of a fish for an animated feature and who has just been passed by as director for a remake of Albert Brooks. As Brooks wonders what's going to happen next with his career, his wife (Amy Ryan), and his daughter, he's approached by government representatives who want him for a special assignment. The State Department, eager to better understand the cultural gap between the United States and the Middle East, have been directed by the president to make a study of what makes Muslims laugh. Brooks is asked to fly to India and Pakistan and bring back a 500-page report on Muslim humor; told the Medal of Freedom may be his if he comes through, Brooks accepts. With a pair of State Department officials in tow, Stuart (John Carroll Lynch) and Mark (Jon Tenney), and some help from a local assistant, Maya (Sheetal Sheth), Brooks sets out to find the funny bone of India's and Pakistan's Muslim communities, though it doesn't take long to find out what they don't find funny -- his standup act. Looking for Comedy in the Muslim World was originally set for release in the United States by Sony Pictures Classics, but when they became nervous over the film's title, they dropped the project and it was picked up for distribution by Warner Independent Pictures. ~ Mark Deming, Rovi

  • Release date:January 20, 2006

Cast

Albert Brooks
as Albert Brooks
Sheetal Sheth
as Maya
Jon Tenney
as Mark
John Carroll Lynch
as Stuart
Amy Ryan
as Emily
Fred Dalton Thompson
as Fred Dalton Thompson
Kavi Raz
as Translator
Emma Lockhart
as Laura
Penny Marshall
as Penny Marshall
Victoria Burrows
as Casting Director
B.J. Ward
as Barbara Nader
Tony Montero
as Don Budge
Lynda Berg
as Margaret Allenton
Steve Kramer
as Sam Loman
Conrad Bachmann
as Ben Wallerstein
Vipin Kumar
as Customs Agent
Avinash Kaur
as Job Applicant
Juliet Touzene
as Job Applicant
Sunny Raina
as Job Applicant
Rima Laham
as Job Applicant
Sanjeev Johrai
as Hotel Guest
Kavita Ashok
as Waitress
Sandhya Bhatia
as Street Interview
Mitlesh Prasad
as Street Interview
Manoj Buxi
as Street Interview
Surinder Arora
as Man in Temple
Gabbar Singh
as Guide at Mosque
Raul Laskarov
as Man in Bar
Duncan Bravo
as Stage Manager
Kevin Mukherji
as Spotlight Man
Barbara Ali
as School Official
Ali Supriwala
as Fan
Sankalp Rastogi
as Audience Member
Dhiru Shah
as Indian Official
Ajay Mehta
as Indian Official
Radha Zaidi
as Indian Official
Anand Vadehra
as Pakistani Comedian
P.D. Mani
as Pakistani Comedian
Mike Akrawi
as Pakistani Comedian
Marco Kahn
as Pakistani Comedian
Ben Anand
as Pakistani Official
Raghu Bhagat
as Pakistani Official
Subash Kundanmal
as Pakistani Official
Ahmed Ahmed
as Escort
Yasmine Hannaney
as Receptionist
Marshall Manesh
as Shaif Al-Rafi
Shaheen Sheik
as News Anchor
Linden Soles
as News Anchor
Reena Dutt
as Bar Patron
P.D. Mani
as Pakistani Comedian
Reena Dutt
as Bar Patron
Penny Marshall
as Penny Marshall
Subash Kundanmal
as Pakistani Official
Linden Soles
as News Anchor
Manoj Buxi
as Street Interview
Dhiru Shah
as Indian Official
Anand Vadehra
as Pakistani Comedian
Ali Supriwala
as Fan
Kavi Raz
as Translator
Rima Laham
as Job Applicant
Marshall Manesh
as Shaif Al-Rafi
Ahmed Ahmed
as Escort
Barbara Ali
as School Official
Lynda Berg
as Margaret Allenton
Kavita Ashok
as Waitress
Sanjeev Johrai
as Hotel Guest
Emma Lockhart
as Laura
Tony Montero
as Don Budge
Shaheen Sheik
as News Anchor
Yasmine Hannaney
as Receptionist
Duncan Bravo
as Stage Manager
Raghu Bhagat
as Pakistani Official
Surinder Arora
as Man in Temple
Sunny Raina
as Job Applicant
Ajay Mehta
as Indian Official
Mike Akrawi
as Pakistani Comedian
Sandhya Bhatia
as Street Interview
Raul Laskarov
as Man in Bar
Sankalp Rastogi
as Audience Member
Avinash Kaur
as Job Applicant
Gabbar Singh
as Guide at Mosque
Ben Anand
as Pakistani Official
Radha Zaidi
as Indian Official
Mitlesh Prasad
as Street Interview
Juliet Touzene
as Job Applicant
Vipin Kumar
as Customs Agent
Marco Kahn
as Pakistani Comedian
Conrad Bachmann
as Ben Wallerstein
Steve Kramer
as Sam Loman
Kevin Mukherji
as Spotlight Man
Victoria Burrows
as Casting Director
B.J. Ward
as Barbara Nader

Crew

Albert Brooks
Director
Albert Brooks
Producer
Tabrez Noorani
Producer
Deepak Nayar
Producer
Joann Perritano
Producer
Herb Nanas
Producer
Albert Brooks
Screenwriter
Thomas E. Ackerman
Cinematographer
Michael Giacchino
Composer (Music Score)
Anita Brandt-Burgoyne
Editor
Stephen Altman
Production Designer
John Bucklin
Art Director
Joann Perritano
Executive Producer
David Hopkins
Set Designer
Chris Spellman
Set Decorator
Nazhat Sharif Hester
Costume Designer
Angela Amaro
Costume Designer
Deborah Everton
Costume Designer
Eric Tignini
First Assistant Director
Arif Shamsi
First Assistant Director
Mike Aarvold
Sound Mixer
Dan Wallin
Sound Mixer
Sonic Magic Studios
Sound Mixer
Victoria Burrows
Casting
Rajeev Mehra
Production Manager
Pravesh Sahni
Line Producer
Richard Lengle
Driver
Russell Ayer
Best Boy Grip
Richard Castro
First Assistant Accountant
Dylan Rush
Electrician
Sandy Hinkle
Driver
Tim Spicka
Grip
Barry Gross
Electrician
Dave Calaway
Driver
Alan Colbert
Best Boy Grip
Ezra Dweck
Re-Recording Mixer
Jonathan Wales
Re-Recording Mixer
Sean Ginevan
Leadman
Beverly Seifert
Driver
Sarah E. Baker
Set Production Assistant
Tommy Oberlin
Driver
Linda Gacsko
First Assistant Camera
Joann Perritano
Unit Production Manager
Tom Skulski
Grip
Sunday Stevens
Second Assistant Director
Shannon Tymkiw
Art Department Assistant
Randy Musselman
Transportation Coordinator
Helen Hand
First Assistant Editor
Sonic Magic Studios
Production Sound
Clark Credle
Set Production Assistant
Dan Wallin
Recording
Dave Glavin
Driver
Jason Inman
Set Medic/First Aid
Jeremy Balko
Foley Mixer
Jeremy Balko
Foley Editor
Linda Arnold
Department Head Hair
Brad Arensman
Post Production Supervisor
Kelly Colgan
Driver
Claire Raskind
Unit Publicist
Cameron Matheson
Set Dresser
Bernard Glavin
Driver
Lisa Furia
Second Assistant Accountant
Mike Aarvold
Recording
Darin Necessary
First Assistant Camera
Kate Shorter
Department Head Makeup
Larz Anderson
Special Effects Technician
Catherine Kagan
Assistant Location Manager
Richard Brondum
Painter
Valerie Bartzack
Driver
Kelly Hustis
Driver
Jerry Sandager
Key Grip
Greg Allinson
Properties Maker
Mychal Smith
Boom Operator
Tineka Becker
Casting Assistant
William Eliscu
Graphic Design
Rachel Sage Kunin
Costumes Supervisor
Kyle Kilty
Painter
Stacy Foot
Assistant Production Coordinator
David Van Slyke
Sound Effects Editor
Sookie Park
Matte Artist
Erik Bernstein
Electrician
Matthew Hirsch
Production Coordinator
Lacey Terrell
Still Photographer
Jeff Durling
Electrician
Jamison Goei
Visual Effects Supervisor
Kristen Gassner
Buyer
Jonathan Miller
Supervising Sound Editor
Alan Easley
Set Dresser
Pat Carman
Driver
Rob Monroy
Second Assistant Camera
Shelley Roden
Foley Artist
Jay Wejebe
Assistant Makeup
Fran Allgood
Key Costumer
Fran Messer
Personal Assistant
Don Miloyevich
Properties Master
Raman Rao
Gaffer
Ray Van Holten
Driver
Diane Glavin
Driver
Pacific Title
Title Design
Janda Braden
Driver
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