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“A Riot from the First Scene” Boston Herald (Nerdcore Rising)


WATCH: Negin Farsad on being a Pop Tart-loving Muslim American and breaking the Muslim stereotype

“’The Secret Life of Muslims’ definitely includes breakfast and breaking Muslim stereotypes through comedy”


“Hilarious and groundbreaking. In How to Make White People Laugh Farsad carves out a new space to talk about cultural and political identity.”

Shelf Awareness

“Negin Farsad: Fighting Stereotypes One Joke at a Time”

Willamette Week

“The Iranian-American comedian talks about her new book, film, and why Muslim-American comedy isn’t a thing.”

Shelf Awareness

“Negin Farsad: Fighting Stereotypes One Joke at a Time”


“Negin Farsad Makes Hurricane Sandy Funny In 3rd Street Blackout

The Standard

“Comedian Negin Farsad on the Sound of Silence”


“To Change People’s Minds, First Make Them Laugh”

LA Weekly

In LA Weekly on Giving a TED Talk

Huffington Post

“List of 53 Funniest Women”

National Geographic

National Geographic on Negin at TED

Huffington Post

“18 Funny Women You Should be Following on Twitter”

Chortle (UK)
UK’s Chortle review of Negin’s standup: “witty & provacative” – “a very sharp operator” – “frankness and strong jokes”

Paste Magazine

“Chipping Away the Iceberg: Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah on Muslim Comedy”

Rolling Stone

“Negin Farsad: The Former Policymaker on Why Laughter is the Best Medicine”

Washington Post –Video | Article

Washington Post on the Muslims Are Coming Tour

Three Weeks (UK)

Review of Negin’s Edinburgh Show “Politically sharp and impeccably performed”

GLOC | 12

1. I Love Your Style | 2. Featured Comedian

Lancaster Daily (UK)

”Muslim Comedian Hopes to Change World With Laughs”

Nerdcore Rising: The Movie

Nerdcore Rising follows MC Frontalot the “Godfather of Nerdcore” on his first national tour to reveal the roots of the genre, the dorky complexities of its artists, and one MC’s fight for nerd stardom. Learn More »
The London Independent
More Geek Than GangstaCBC Radio
Interview on the Nerdcore phenomenon (MP3: right click & save as)XLR8R
Interview with Negin FarsadMedill Reports – Chicago
Don’t Call It a Comeback – They’ve Been Here for a Half-LifeScribble King – UK
Interview: Filmmaker Negin FarsadEsquire
Nerdcore and the Future of MusicBoston Herald
MC Frontalot is the king of nerdcore rapNational Public Radio
American NerdcoreNashua Telegraph
Hip Hop’s Cousin is more Geeksta than GangstaNewsweek
Geeksta Rap Rising
Time Out New York
New Dork CityLawrence Journal-World
Geek BeatsWired
Me So NerdyXXL
Revenge of the Rap NerdsGuardian Unlimited
Beware Geeks Bearing RiffsAZ Night Buzz
Nerdcore Rising, An Interview with MC FrontalotSan Diego City Beat
Wanna See my Pocket ProtectorThe Daily Texan
Nerdcore EnticesArizona Daily Wildcat
The Orginator of NerdcoreMiami New Times
Secrets from the Future

Madame Funnypants

Madame Funnypants is Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben, a sketch comedy duo based in New York City that Time Out New York called, “unconventional and inventive.” They have also been called “kinetic,” “hilarious” and “talented,” among other complimentary adjectives. Learn More » — Review
Idol Chatter — Religion and Pop Culture Blog: The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy. — Review
A review of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy. — Podcast
An interview with the writing team of The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy on as a preview for the NY International Fringe Festival. There is also a performance of one of the sketches on the show! — Podcast
A podcast featuring Alex and Negin is now up!

Gothamist, September 27, 2005
“…a characterization that doesn’t seem all that wacky when you think about it, at least if you have a sense of humor.”

Jewish Life, 2005
“Love and politics: Alex Zarben and Negin Farsad star in “The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy.”, September 23, 2005
“Zalben’s stage presence is easy, dry, and vaguely intellectual, while Farsad is fearless and hilarious, bursting into song or taking on outlandish new characters with brio, and almost always hitting a bull’s-eye.”

Time Out NY
Madame Funnypants was featured in the Comedy section of Time Out New York for Pants Wanna Rock Right Now, in December of 2003.

The Onion, March 4, 2004
“Creating sketch comedy is harder than Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben make it look, but they’ve had a lot of practice. The duo, collectively known as Madame Funnypants, has been writing and performing fresh, unusual skits for four years, winning comedy awards and an appreciative audience in the process.”

Time Out New York Critic’s Pick, July 30, 2004
“Let’s face it: Most sketch-comedy shows suck. You know it, we know it, and thankfully, Madame Funnypants knows it. The duo of Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben dodges the traditional perils of sketch to create scenes that are as unconventional and inventive as anything else you’ll see on the local scene, but with the added bonus of actually being funny.”

Backstage, January 31, 2003
“Negin Farsad and Alexander Zalben… poke fun at the bizarre compromises we make in order to find companionship. [It] doesn’t get much funnier than this!”

Backstage, May 15, 2003
“A series of witty vignettes… These talented comics make the agony of modern romance and the omnipresence of “In Da Club” a little bit more bearable.”

Columbia Communique, February 5, 2003
“If you only see one sketch comedy show in the 3rd Millenium, make it this one. Hilarious!”

Uproar Magazine, October 31, 2003
“Kinetic sketch pair Madame Funnypants performed admirably with theatrical meta-sketches about relationships and politics, including notable riffs on workplace romance and truly honest breakups.”

Biscayne Bay Tribune
All of Coconut Grove, Brickell Avenue, and Key Biscayne learned the power of the Pants when they read this preview for MFP’s performances at the Miami Improv Festival 2004.

Bootleg Islam

Bootleg Islam is a comedy about a California-raised Iranian-American girl gallivanting around the streets of Tehran, Iran. She travels to this Middle-Eastern hotbed for a cousin’s wedding and discovers how ridiculous oppression can be, how delicious the third world has become and how hard it is to keep a chador on. Learn More » — 2004

Curtain Up — 2004

The Sun — Aug 10, 2004

Wall Street Journal — Aug 11, 2004

Time Out New York — Aug 19, 2004

Women’s E-News — Oct 18, 2004

Dallas Morning News — 2005

Chicago Reader — Jan 14, 2005

Chicago Tribune — Jan 15, 2005

Crossing Cultures — Sept 8, 2005

Backstage — Aug 8, 2006

NY1 On Stage — Sept 5, 2006

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