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Negin Farsad: How To Make White People Laugh
First Congregational Church of Oakland
Oakland, CA
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Negin Farsad: How To Make White People Laugh
KPFA Radio 94.1FM & Project Censored present:

How To Make White People Laugh
Hosted by Malihe Razazan

advance tickets: $12 : brownpapertickets.com :: T: 800-838-3006  or Books Inc (Berkeley), Pegasus (3 sites), Moes, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloways   S.F. - Modern Times. $15 door, KPFA benefit   kpfa.org/events  

How To Make White People Laugh is the first book by the writer, director and star of
the hit documentary The Muslims Are Coming! Her autobiographical essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post 9/11 world  reveal the power of comedy to combat racism.  In this candid, often hilarious book, Farsad reveals her personal experience being the other in a contemporary American culture that often fears
anything deemed foreign. She confides a youthful longing to be African-American or Mexican at various points.  

Writing bluntly about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long and clarifying look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of Black or White or Muslim  and what  happens when white culture defines everything. She explores what it means to have a hyphenated identity. She discusses how we can effectively combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion. Her particular genius is in openly confronting these issues with wit, humor, and incisive intellect.

Born in Connecticut, Negin Farsad was raised in Southern California. Aspiring for a career in politics, she attended Cornell University in New York, majoring in government as well as theater arts, until she realized that her deeper passion was for writing and performing. On graduating, she settled in New York City and attended Columbias School of International and Public Affairs, where she earned two masters degrees. Evenings she spent writing and performing comedy. In 2011 she was named by the Huffington Post one of the 50 Funniest Women.  Her comedic routines often featured frank, sharp-witted views on politics, sex and the culltural dynamics of navigating her Iranian family. In 2013 she gave a TED Talk in social justice comedy. Her first musical, The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy premiered at the New York International Fringe Festival. Her solo show Bootleg Islam  appeared in the DC, Dallas and Chicago Comedy Festivals.  She produced, directed and performed on MTV and Comedy Central and was a regular contributor to The Young Turks television show. Her films include: The Muslims Are Coming, Nerdcore Rising, A Cricket in the Court of Akbar, Hot Bread Kitchen, and Iran-ing on Empty.


First Congregational Church of Oakland (View)
2501 Harrison St
Oakland, CA 94612
United States



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