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Unconventionally Arab

Saad Alessa
28 episodes
This podcast may contain explicit content.
Unconventionally Arab is a raw, uncensored podcast hosted by stand-up comic Saad Alessa. Nothing is off limits, and it's all his truth.

Disclaimer: the content and artwork of this podcast are the property of its owner and are not affiliated with nor endorsed by Audiotrails.

My Epileptic Dog Roma

On this episode I talk about my epileptic dog Roma, and how this past weekend I had to seriously contemplate saying my goodbyes. I also discuss the podcast's name change.

Heartfelt Gibberish

On this episode, I have no idea what gotten into me. I just let my heart spill.

Tempering Expectations

On this episode I discuss my first impressions of Austin, Texas and why I wouldn't move there. I also dive into how I need to start to learn how to navigate my relationships better, and stop expecting to look for myself in others.

Luck vs. Talent

On this episode I revisit something that's been on my mind recently. How much luck plays a role in an individual's success. I also talk about my experience on Legendiary, and what I came to find from interviewing people that are deemed successful.

Stop Bitchin'

On this episode I talk about why I can no longer surround myself with people that complain & do nothing about it.

On Deck Comedy

It's been a while, I'm rusty! BUT, I'm back! To share the news on what's been happening since the pandemic, and tell you about the new documentary that I released on my YouTube channel On Deck Comedy - The Documentary. The story on why & how I turned my backyard into a comedy venue during the illog…

I'm Getting Married

I'm getting married and I wanted you guys to be the first to know! But seriously, I do break down why I made that decision, and what it means to be a success addict.

ICE & International Students

On this episode I talk about the ICE announcement that affects the international students in the U.S. I also dive into my 29th birthday resolution, and my overall thoughts on our point of view on change vs. evolution.

George Floyd

On May 25th an unarmed black man by the name of George Floyd was murdered by Minneapolis police in broad day light. On this episode I discuss this incident, the riots that are happening, and racism in America.

Joe Rogan's $100M Spotify Deal | The Saad Truth #19 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I break down the Joe Rogan $100M exclusive deal with Spotify. Specifically what it means for The Joe Rogan Experience to be leaving YouTube, and why in my opinion it was worth it for Spotify.

Melon-headed Bandits | The Saad Truth #18 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about my first virtual show at the Laugh Factory last week. And break down the melon-headed bandits that robbed a convenient store in Virginia. Lastly, I ask you my listeners and followers for a small favor.

Migrant Workers in Kuwait | The Saad Truth #17 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I break down a video that went viral of a Kuwaiti pandemic volunteer that decided it was okay, to physically assault a migrant worker for some reason. Whatever the reason was, physical assault is never the solution especially when it's obvious that the other individual wants no part…

Acceptance | The Saad Truth #16 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I discuss why I have been feeling happy although everything hasn't quite gone according to plan. More so I share what I believe is the key to living a "happy" life.

COVID-19 Racism | The Saad Truth #15 - Saad Alessa

On this episode, I talk about my dogs Titus & Roma, and how Roma went missing on the same day we discovered that Titus might have cancer. That and how Trump's tweet on temporary banning immigration into the U.S. could end up being quite the predicament for me.

Midnight in Paris | The Saad Truth #14 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I discuss how re-watching my favorite movie Midnight in Paris by Woody Allen, helped remind me of the importance of being in the moment and my true definition of success. Along with a few thoughts on being in quarantine. Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadra…

Honest is the New Polite | The Saad Truth #13 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I wrestle with the idea of honesty being the new polite, can we be completely honest without being considered impolite? Or can we dare to re-define "polite" through ultimate honesty. I'd love to hear your thoughts. I myself have been wrestling with this idea for a while now, and I h…

My Friend Jack | The Saad Truth #12 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about my friend Jack - a friend whom I haven't seen since I was 15 years old, and a few days ago we had the chance to catch up. I learned a lot talking to him & it reminded me of the value of friendship & how the length of it isn't necessarily an indication of it's depth. S…

New Years Resolution?! | The Saad Truth #11 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about my purple belt promotion in Jiu Jitsu and what it means to rise to a challenge and my thoughts on a New Year's resolution. Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadralessa Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saadralessa/ Follow the podcast …

Homecoming Show in Kuwait | The Saad Truth #10 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about what it was like performing in my hometown Kuwait City in front of a crowd of 2000 - a truly surreal experience as I opened for Maz Jobrani. Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadralessa Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saadralessa/ F…

Mentorship | The Saad Truth #9 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I wanted to break down the misconceptions of mentorship - and share my two cents on the topic. Especially now that I'm in a position that requires guidance, but unfortunately where I'm at in my life, and the path I have chosen I can't seem to think of someone that would offer great …

Failure: Another Step Forward | The Saad Truth #8 - Saad Alessa

On today's episode I talk about failure - and why we are afraid of failing - one of our subscribers messaged me asking me to speak on the topic and so here are my two cents on the subject! Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadralessa Follow me on Instagram: www.instag…

We're All Going to Die | The Saad Truth #7 - Saad Alessa

I woke up feeling a little tired today and anxious thinking about all the things that I need to do and take care of - but I still wanted to check in like I promised. This episode is way shorter than usual - I just didn't want to ramble on with no purpose! But I'm really curious to hear your thought…

Impact Outside the Box | The Saad Truth #6 - Saad Alessa

On this episode - I answer another DM from Instagram, a follower messaged me asking about whether living abroad and pursuing a dream that only she can see is considered selfish. And how societal pressures are causing her to feel guilty about not serving her nation and that she should be focused on …

Unconventionally Arab | The Saad Truth #5 - Saad Alessa

On this episode - I answer a DM from Instagram, a follower messaged me asking about the unconventional path that I took, and how to deal with the pressures of our society & culture. So I decided to dedicate this episode to him - because just like him, I was once in that same position and wanted ans…

The Pillars of Any Ship | The Saad Truth #4 - Saad Alessa

On this episode - I talk about my experience on friendships and relationships in general; but mostly, on what I believe to be the pillars to a "working" relationship. The reality is most of our problems in life come from our relationships with other people - let's face it, the world is overpopulate…

No Days Off | The Saad Truth #3 - Saad Alessa

On this episode, I talk about how I never take time off. I don't know how to relax, the only time I know how to switch off is when I travel to a new destination. Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadralessa Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saadralessa/ Follow th…

The Concept of Balance | The Saad Truth #2 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about the concept of balance, and how I believe in counter balance rather than balance as a way of life. I believe that the best way to have balance in life is through narrowing your focus. & how my Jiu Jitsu instructor world champion Cobrinha Charles inspired me to focus on …

How I got into Stand-Up Comedy | The Saad Truth #1 - Saad Alessa

On this episode I talk about how I got into stand-up comedy, and share my story of how I ended up sitting front row at Dave Chappelle's show at Radio City in New York in 2014. Subscribe to the Podcast on YouTube: www.youtube.com/saadralessa Follow me on Instagram: www.instagram.com/saadraless…