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.”
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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
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Meet Negin. She’s a stand-up comedian who recognized injustice within her culture and decided to confront it the best way she knew how.
Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad and Amaney Jamal talk on MSNBC about the new anti-Muslim ads that will be running on the sides of some New York City buses and in some subway stations.
Making her parents’ plea for immigration all the easier, Negin Farsad was born in the United States, growing up in the desert of Southern California. She obtained a bachelor’s degree in theater arts and government from Cornell University. Her dual interest in the arts and politics continued when she moved to New York City, studying for a master’s degree in race relations at Columbia University by day but writing and performing comedy by night. She followed that degree with a second master’s from Columbia at the School of International & Public Affairs.
Farsad was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Hufﬁngton Post and a 2013 TED Fellow. She has been an active comedian and producer for over ten years, earning a nomination for the Emerging Comics of New York Awards and her own off-Broadway run for the comedy show The Dirty Immigrant Collective. Her solo show, Bootleg Islam, which she wrote and performed, has appeared in the D.C., Dallas, and Chicago Comedy Festivals, among others.
Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned a video from Farsad as part of a web series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes; the series later won the ﬁrst-ever YouTube Visionary Award. Farsad recently won the Lifetime Women Filmmaker Award for her short ﬁlm Hot Bread Kitchen. Her new ﬁlm, The Muslims are Coming! opened in September. And those graduate degrees . . . well, they now collect dust . . .
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$91 Billion in bonuses for bailed out banks that made 10 Million homeless? 70,000 people signed a letter calling BS, and the intrepid Negin Farsad went to deliver it in person – see what happened next.
Written by Negin Farsad & Tory Dahlhoff. Music video directed by Negin Farsad (more…)
Negin directs the Nickeloden series, “Book of Mom” sample episode:
This vid is about getting rid of that shitty Citizen’s United! (written & directed by, you guessed it, Negin Farsad)
And here is some standup!
Folks! I’ve been threatening to post my reel online and now that threat is an alarming and totally scary reality. So scary, it will make you hire me next time you need a director/writer/producer, or just director, or just writer, or any combination therein. Ehem, anyways, check it, enjoy it, be duly impressed by it. (Or at least I hope so, its supposed to be my main bragging item.)
Folks! Here’s a video I made for SEIU that’s about something that drives everyone – and I mean EVERYONE – crazy. Enjoy slash get unnerved.
Folks! Here’s more directin,’ editin,’ and concept developmentin’ from me. Fun fact: HAARM was the most popular “anti-healthcare reform” website for a time on the web… we fooled them.
At www.FixCNBC.com, over 20,000 people signed a letter asking CNBC to hold Wall Street accountable. The Progressive Change Campaign Committee delivered that letter to CNBC’s corporate headquarters. Watch the video here. The letter continues to grow… sign it at www.FixCNBC.com
Thanks to Katie Halper, Lee Camp, Baratunde Thurston, Jeff Kreisler, and Negin Farsad (again) for their comedic talent.
Middle Eastern-American comedians Dean Obeidallah, Negin Farsad and friends Break it Down.
Iranian-American comedian, Negin Farsad, went to Columbia University to see what all the fuss was about when Iranian Prez Mahmoud Ahmadinejad came to speak. This video is a part of the Dirty Immigrant Collective off-Broadway show at the Culture Project in New York City.