US Embassy in London requests $39,000 to hire Muslim comedians. According to a cable posted on WikiLeaks, dated Friday, 18 April 2008, The US Embassy in London was asked to participate in “Ramadan Nights.” The goal was to “[bring] together the British Muslim community in a positive atmosphere of learning and a global sense of community.”
The cable explains:
The Embassy proposes to bring the “Allah Made Me Funny” comedy troupe to the UK to participate in the Festival, building on the unparalleled success we achieved with their UK program last fall. Their appeal in not restricted on an particular age group of background, and the message their performance would send, of American Muslims, proud to be both “American” and “Muslim” is a powerful message that would open British Muslim eyes to American cultural and religious diversity as well as encourage reflection on the part of British Muslim community in a positive, self-defining direction. Our expected outcome would be to reach thousand of British Muslims, including the disproportionately high youth population, with these positive messages.