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[něh-gēēn fär-saad] -noun. 1a: female; 2a: social justice comedian;
3a: writer; 4a: director; <neg-in far-sad-al adjective>

I’m a TED Fellow!

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Folks!
In a world of ridiculous-things-happen, I was named a TED Fellow! So I’ll be giving a little TED talk on the stuff I do on social justice comedy (that genre of comedy that I’ve pretended exists for the entirety of my career). If you’re going to the TED conference, hit me up! We’ll have a drink and a gossip. Till then, you’re delightful.

LOVE!
Negin

Well, I gotta say, Its totally lovely that the Huffington Post included me in their list of Top 53 Female Comedians. They forgot a bunch of delightful and hilarious be-titted colleagues like Becky Donohue, Katie Halper, Amy Albert, Julie Goldman, Charlyne Yi etc etc. But even though the list is incomplete, I still gotta brag about it. WHAT? You would do that same!

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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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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.

Anti-Muslim ads to run on NYC buses

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.

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