Originally from Ecuador, Esteban Touma is a teacher, comedian, writer, and a conditional permanent resident of the United States who is considering applying for citizenship, so everything he says or writes might be monitored by the Department of Homeland Security.
A regular emcee at The Comedy Club on State, Esteban is the host of The Moth in Madison, has been featured on NPR, has contributed to Wisconsin Public Radio, and has opened for nationally recognized comedians such as Chris Redd, Rory Scovel, Michelle Wolf, Nick Thune, Wyatt Cenac, and Judd Apatow, who called him “hilarious” (although he was probably just being nice). In 2018 Esteban was invited to perform at NBC Second City Break Out Festival. He supports American pie in 3 different formats: song, movie, and dessert.
Some of his comedy comes from the perspective of a part Palestinian/part Latino living in the United States. However, he would never dare to openly criticize or otherwise engage in political activities that may compromise the values of his host country, and thus risk delays, processing fees, or even deportation.
The U.S. Government has officially declared him an “authorized legal alien with a reentry permit.”