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Social Justice Comedian, Writer, Filmmaker, Director of The Muslims Are Coming!, Author of "How to Make White People Laugh"

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Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). As one of few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, this TED Fellow uses humor—full-scale ridiculousity—to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap. The Wall Street Journal calls her work “smart, funny, and fascinating.”

Negin Farsad was recently named one of 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. In her feature film, The Muslims Are Coming! (September 2013), she took a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road in Middle America to do shows, meet the locals, and counter Islamophobia through jokes. It features Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Rachel Maddow and others, and has already won a humanitarian award from the Arab-American Institute.

For Negin Farsad, the social justice thing didn’t come out of the blue. She has a dual Masters in African American Studies and Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, and used to work as a policy advisor for the city of New York but left that for a strange life in the arts. Farsad has written and developed series for MTV, PBS, and Nickelodeon. She also wrote, directed, and produced Nerdcore Rising, a comedy about nerdcore hip-hop that Wired called “honest and heartfelt,” and which has been an official selection of festivals worldwide, earning Best Film, Best Director, and Audience Favorite awards.

As a standup comedian, Farsad has performed far and wide, from the Laugh Factory in New York to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Her other shows include The Dirty Immigrant Collective, Bootleg Islam, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy. Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned Farsad to make a video as part of a series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes—a series that won the first ever YouTube Visionary Award.

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How to Make White People Laugh

How to Make White People Laugh

Speaking Topics
  • How to Become a Working Artist: A Gal in a Really Dude-Heavy Industry

    Negin Farsad is an accomplished comedian, writer, and filmmaker. How does a casually ethnic lady get into this business and stay in it long enough to drop the day job? With a 180 degree turn in career, not too long ago, Negin knows exactly what the pitfalls are, how to avoid them, and how to make a living in an industry that A) not only has a monetization problem (summed up by “the internet”) but B) is extremely dude heavy with only 8% of above the line functions going to women. Navigating the terrain is difficult and school programs—rightly focused as they are on craft and technique—often miss the boat on how to actually start a career in comedy and/or media. Because Negin has won various director awards, has written/directed for umpteen networks like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, IFC, BBC, PBS and others, and has made three feature films, she is uniquely qualified to talk about the nuts and bolts of The Industry. Getting jobs, raising money to make movies, maintaining sanity, etc. She also managed to do all of that while having a vagina
    • which statistically is really impressive—so she can speak to the particular challenges faced by female graduates entering the work force.

  • Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy

    Negin has devoted large parts of her career to social justice comedy, particularly as it relates to Islamophobia, immigrant rights, bigotry and any general lameness foisted on people because of race, religion, socio-economic class, or third arms. These kinds of cultural divides really get her goat! As a policy advisor for the city of New York she worked on the city’s campaign finance initiative, a program that tries to level the playing field for candidates that aren’t made of money. She took that know-how into her comedy with such works as Bootleg Islam—an off-Broadway solo show about a boozy trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran, naturally. She gleaned lessons from her two-person Edinburgh Fringe Festival musical The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy, not to mention her work with the standup show, The Dirty Immigrant Collective. Her most recent work, the feature documentary The Muslims Are Coming! takes a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road to unlikely stops in generally red states to perform shows, meet locals and dispel Islamophobia through jokes! The film features the likes of Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, David Cross, and Janeane Garofalo among others. But more importantly, the making of this kind of work has given Negin gads—yes gads!—of anecdotes from the frontlines of prejudice AND a prescription for how to change the discourse. She brings real world activist comedy experience, a dash of comedy philosophy, and a touch of public policy for an engaging and definitely hilarious look at the issues. Here’s a good start: make white people laugh. Oh you want to hear more, do you? She’ll just have to highjack powerpoint and bring it to your campus.

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Negin Farsad

Social Justice Comedian, Writer, Filmmaker, Director of The Muslims Are Coming!, Author of "How to Make White People Laugh"

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Negin Farsad Biography

Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). As one of few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, this TED Fellow uses humor—full-scale ridiculousity—to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap. The Wall Street Journal calls her work “smart, funny, and fascinating.”

Negin Farsad was recently named one of 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. In her feature film, The Muslims Are Coming! (September 2013), she took a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road in Middle America to do shows, meet the locals, and counter Islamophobia through jokes. It features Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Rachel Maddow and others, and has already won a humanitarian award from the Arab-American Institute.

For Negin Farsad, the social justice thing didn’t come out of the blue. She has a dual Masters in African American Studies and Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, and used to work as a policy advisor for the city of New York but left that for a strange life in the arts. Farsad has written and developed series for MTV, PBS, and Nickelodeon. She also wrote, directed, and produced Nerdcore Rising, a comedy about nerdcore hip-hop that Wired called “honest and heartfelt,” and which has been an official selection of festivals worldwide, earning Best Film, Best Director, and Audience Favorite awards.

As a standup comedian, Farsad has performed far and wide, from the Laugh Factory in New York to the Comedy Store in Los Angeles. Her other shows include The Dirty Immigrant Collective, Bootleg Islam, and The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy. Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned Farsad to make a video as part of a series to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes—a series that won the first ever YouTube Visionary Award.

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Negin Farsad Speaking Topics

  • How to Become a Working Artist: A Gal in a Really Dude-Heavy Industry

    Negin Farsad is an accomplished comedian, writer, and filmmaker. How does a casually ethnic lady get into this business and stay in it long enough to drop the day job? With a 180 degree turn in career, not too long ago, Negin knows exactly what the pitfalls are, how to avoid them, and how to make a living in an industry that A) not only has a monetization problem (summed up by “the internet”) but B) is extremely dude heavy with only 8% of above the line functions going to women. Navigating the terrain is difficult and school programs—rightly focused as they are on craft and technique—often miss the boat on how to actually start a career in comedy and/or media. Because Negin has won various director awards, has written/directed for umpteen networks like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, IFC, BBC, PBS and others, and has made three feature films, she is uniquely qualified to talk about the nuts and bolts of The Industry. Getting jobs, raising money to make movies, maintaining sanity, etc. She also managed to do all of that while having a vagina
    • which statistically is really impressive—so she can speak to the particular challenges faced by female graduates entering the work force.

  • Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy

    Negin has devoted large parts of her career to social justice comedy, particularly as it relates to Islamophobia, immigrant rights, bigotry and any general lameness foisted on people because of race, religion, socio-economic class, or third arms. These kinds of cultural divides really get her goat! As a policy advisor for the city of New York she worked on the city’s campaign finance initiative, a program that tries to level the playing field for candidates that aren’t made of money. She took that know-how into her comedy with such works as Bootleg Islam—an off-Broadway solo show about a boozy trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran, naturally. She gleaned lessons from her two-person Edinburgh Fringe Festival musical The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy, not to mention her work with the standup show, The Dirty Immigrant Collective. Her most recent work, the feature documentary The Muslims Are Coming! takes a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road to unlikely stops in generally red states to perform shows, meet locals and dispel Islamophobia through jokes! The film features the likes of Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, David Cross, and Janeane Garofalo among others. But more importantly, the making of this kind of work has given Negin gads—yes gads!—of anecdotes from the frontlines of prejudice AND a prescription for how to change the discourse. She brings real world activist comedy experience, a dash of comedy philosophy, and a touch of public policy for an engaging and definitely hilarious look at the issues. Here’s a good start: make white people laugh. Oh you want to hear more, do you? She’ll just have to highjack powerpoint and bring it to your campus.

FAQs on booking Negin Farsad

  • How to book Negin Farsad?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Negin Farsad for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Negin Farsad, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Negin Farsad or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Negin Farsad?

    Booking fees for Negin Farsad, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Negin Farsad, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Negin Farsad?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Negin Farsad for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Negin Farsad for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Negin Farsad or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Negin Farsad or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Negin Farsad is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Negin Farsad for your event is available upon request. Negin Farsad generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Maysoon Zayid, Amani Al-Khatahbeh, Nonie Darwish, Dean Obeidallah and James Veitch. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Negin Farsad for an upcoming event.

Negin Farsad Speaking Topics

  • How to Become a Working Artist: A Gal in a Really Dude-Heavy Industry

    Negin Farsad is an accomplished comedian, writer, and filmmaker. How does a casually ethnic lady get into this business and stay in it long enough to drop the day job? With a 180 degree turn in career, not too long ago, Negin knows exactly what the pitfalls are, how to avoid them, and how to make a living in an industry that A) not only has a monetization problem (summed up by “the internet”) but B) is extremely dude heavy with only 8% of above the line functions going to women. Navigating the terrain is difficult and school programs—rightly focused as they are on craft and technique—often miss the boat on how to actually start a career in comedy and/or media. Because Negin has won various director awards, has written/directed for umpteen networks like Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, IFC, BBC, PBS and others, and has made three feature films, she is uniquely qualified to talk about the nuts and bolts of The Industry. Getting jobs, raising money to make movies, maintaining sanity, etc. She also managed to do all of that while having a vagina
    • which statistically is really impressive—so she can speak to the particular challenges faced by female graduates entering the work force.

  • Fighting Islamophobia, Bigotry and What Have You with Comedy

    Negin has devoted large parts of her career to social justice comedy, particularly as it relates to Islamophobia, immigrant rights, bigotry and any general lameness foisted on people because of race, religion, socio-economic class, or third arms. These kinds of cultural divides really get her goat! As a policy advisor for the city of New York she worked on the city’s campaign finance initiative, a program that tries to level the playing field for candidates that aren’t made of money. She took that know-how into her comedy with such works as Bootleg Islam—an off-Broadway solo show about a boozy trip to the Islamic Republic of Iran, naturally. She gleaned lessons from her two-person Edinburgh Fringe Festival musical The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: A Romantic Comedy, not to mention her work with the standup show, The Dirty Immigrant Collective. Her most recent work, the feature documentary The Muslims Are Coming! takes a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road to unlikely stops in generally red states to perform shows, meet locals and dispel Islamophobia through jokes! The film features the likes of Jon Stewart, Rachel Maddow, Lewis Black, David Cross, and Janeane Garofalo among others. But more importantly, the making of this kind of work has given Negin gads—yes gads!—of anecdotes from the frontlines of prejudice AND a prescription for how to change the discourse. She brings real world activist comedy experience, a dash of comedy philosophy, and a touch of public policy for an engaging and definitely hilarious look at the issues. Here’s a good start: make white people laugh. Oh you want to hear more, do you? She’ll just have to highjack powerpoint and bring it to your campus.

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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