KPFA Presents Negin Farsad: "How to Make White People Laugh'

Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:30pm

Pegasus Books will sell books at this offsite event, held at:

First Congregational Church - 2501 Harrison St, Oakland CA

KPFA Radio 94.1FM Presents Negin Farsad: "How to Make White People Laugh'

Hosted by Malihe Razazan

“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 Columbia’s School of International and  Public Affairs, where she earned two master’s 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 cultural 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 Comed,”  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.

Advance tickets: $12 : :: T: 800-838-3006  or Books Inc (Berkeley), Pegasus (3 sites), Moe’s, Walden Pond Bookstore, Diesel a Bookstore, Mrs. Dalloway’s 
S.F. – Modern Times

Event date: 
Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
First Congregational Church
2501 Harrison Street
Oakland, CA 94612
How to Make White People Laugh Cover Image
ISBN: 9781455558223
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Grand Central Publishing - May 24th, 2016

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