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How to Make White People Laugh

How to Make White People Laugh

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From the acclaimed writer, director, and star of the hit documentary The Muslims Are Coming! comes a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian-American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism. How to Make White People Laugh Negin Farsad is an Iranian-American-Muslim female stand-up comedian who believes she can change the world through jokes. And yes, sometimes that includes fart jokes. In this candid and uproarious book, Farsad shares her personal experiences growing up as the “other” in an American culture that has no time for nuance. In fact, she longed to be black and/or Mexican at various points of her youth, you know, like normal kids. Right? RIGHT?

Writing bluntly and hilariously about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long hard look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of “black,” “white,” and “Muslim” today—and what it means when white culture defines the culture. Farsad asks the important questions, like: What does it mean to have a hyphenated identity? How can we actually combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion? Do Iranians get bunions at a higher rate than other ethnic groups? (She’s asking for a friend.) HOW TO MAKE WHITE PEOPLE LAUGH tackles these questions with wit, humor, and incisive intellect. And along the way, you might just learn a thing or two about tetherball, Duck Dynasty, and wine slushies.

And here is what some peeps have to say:

“A hilarious and personal take on the complexities of being non-white in America today. This book makes racial politics a bit easier to swallow.”

— REZA ASLAN, bestselling author of No god but God and Zealot

“Apparently, Negin did not spend her childhood in the Irish countryside. She was never a beat jazz innovator, and her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks was unconsummated. This long overdue book not only ‘sets the record straight’ but also improves the whole structure of society. I thank Ms. Farsad for that. You should do the same.”

— JANEANE GAROFALO, comedian

“Negin Farsad whips out some smart racial politics . . . with a side of fart jokes and the result is a hilarious and pungent book.”

— AASIF MANDVI, Daily Show correspondent, actor, and author of No Man’s Land

“This book is more than funny—it’s on David Sedaris–level first-class perfect fucking hilarious funny. I laughed so hard, I made a spectacle of myself.”

—JULIA SWEENEY, comedian, writer, former SNL cast member

Find out more at howtomakewhitepeoplelaugh.com

A Highly Scientific Taxonomy of Haters

TED Fellow Negin Farsad weaves comedy and social commentary to cleverly undercut stereotypes of her culture. In this uproarious talk/stand-up hybrid, Farsad speaks on her documentary, The Muslims Are Coming!, narrates her fight with the MTA in New York and offers a detailed breakdown of the different types of haters she’s encountered in her work. “Comedy is one of our best weapons,” she says. “We’ve tried a lot of approaches to social justice, like war and competitive ice dancing — but a lot of things are still kind of awful. I think it’s time we try and tell a really good poop joke.”

Negin Does a “Bacon Test” with MoveOn.org

"The Bacon Test" #WeAreBetterThanThis

With another #GOPDebate tonight we’re unfortunately expecting more Islamophobic rhetoric out the Republican candidates.Discriminating against people by religion isn't just un-American, it's also impossible and stupid! We sent Muslim comedian Negin Farsad out into NYC to prove just that. #WeAreBetterThanThis

Posted by MoveOn.org on Thursday, January 14, 2016

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