Ronnie Khalil is an award-winning producer, writer and director. He co-directed and co-wrote the feature film, "You Can't Kill Stephen King!" - a horror comedy set in Maine, which has sold domestically and internationally. Ronnie was also a contributing writer and co-producer of the feature film, "From A to B," which opened the Abu Dhabi International Film Festival and received theatrical distribution in the Middle East. He recently finished filming the feature film, "With a Kiss I Die," a dark love story starring Juliet Capulet (of Shakespearean fame), filmed in Greece, on the islands of Santorini, Mykonos and Samos, as well as Athens.
His short film, "The Meter Man of Le Moutrechon" won Best Director and the Audience Award at the Miami International Film Festival's "Cinema Slam" competition. And his screenplay, Seducing Leyla was accepted to both the Cairo Film Festival and Dubai Film Festival as part of their film connections, as well as EAVE, one of the premiere European producers' film workshops.
Ronnie was also on the selection committee for the Miami International Film Festival and served as a guest panelist at the Dubai International Film Festival to discuss, "Comedy Across Cultures" and has taught courses about filmmaking at the University level. He has been featured on ABC News, BBC, CNN, The World, NPR, FOX, the European News Channel, Air America, and Al Jazeera, and has written articles for CNN.com and CollegeHumor.com.
In addition to his film accomplishments, Ronnie was co-Founder of The Middle Eastern Comedy Festival in Los Angeles and garnered national attention as the first comedian to perform in Cairo after Egypt's revolution, joking about taboo subjects such as politics and sexual harassment.
Ronnie has performed with the Axis of Evil, Arabs Gone Wild, Sultans of Satire and taped two Friday Night Live Showtime Comedy specials in Dubai, including Minorities Rule and New World Order, as well as a stand-up show on Australia's Comedy Channel and the new Sirius XM special, "Ronnie Khalil, Unveiled in Lebanon."
In addition to stand-up, Ronnie earned his M.B.A. from the University of Miami, and was an instructor at the University's film program. He also lectured in colleges throughout the United States regarding success and motivation. His most popular lectures are Success through C.O.M.E.D.Y. and Networking: How to Avoid Really Hard Work. Prior to comedy and film, Ronnie worked as an account executive at one of South Florida's largest public relations firms.
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