Through the comedy looking glass: Social justice comedian Negin Farsad to visit San Jacinto College

03.18.2014 | By Andrea Vasquez

Get ready for a real world activist comedic experience combining a dash of comedy philosophy and a touch of public policy, for an engaging and hilarious look at today’s social issues - TED (Technology, Entertainment, and Design) Fellow Negin Farsad is bringing her brand of comedy to San Jacinto College on April 7.

Sponsored by the San Jacinto College South Campus Lyceum Committee, Farsad is one of a few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers that uses humor to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap.

“Comedians are like a subversive-soothsayer-critic-tastemaker sandwich with a bartender-psychologist dipping sauce,” said Farsad, who was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post.They are going to help us FIGURE IT OUT. They’re not only going to find the delicious social justice-y core of the social justice, they’re going to (maybe hopefully probably definitely) get our behinds in working order so that we can do something about it.”

For Farsad, the social justice aspect to her comedy was no accident. 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. Farsad has also written and developed series for MTV, PBS, and Nickelodeon.

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 includeThe 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.

Last year, Farsad released her feature film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” where she took a group of Muslim-American comedians on the road in Middle America to do comedy shows, meet the locals, and counter Islamophobia through jokes. The film also features renowned comedians such as Jon Stewart, Janeane Garofalo, David Cross, Rachel Maddow and others, and has already won a humanitarian award from the Arab-American Institute.

Negin Farsad will give a special presentation at the San Jacinto College South Campus on Monday, April 7 at 7:30 p.m., in the Proscenium Theatre inside the Marie Spence Flickinger Auditorium. The South Campus is located at 13735 Beamer Road in Houston. The event is free and open to all San Jacinto College students, staff, faculty, and the public.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. The Achieving the Dream Leader College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of 30,000 students in more than 200 degree and certificate options, including university transfer and career preparation. Students also benefit from the College’s job training programs, renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $630 million each year to the Texas workforce. San Jacinto College. Your Goals. Your College.

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