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 . . .