In today's political and social climate, being Muslim can be a lot of things but "funny" isn't typically thought of as one of them. Enter Zahra Noorbakhsh, feminist Muslim satirist and comedian. Zahra has been busting stereotypes and getting laughs for almost a decade now, selling out houses for her shows "All Atheists are Muslim" and "Hijab & Hammerpants."
She takes the humorous road when it comes to countering Islamophobia. Cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, and a contributor to the anthology, Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women, Zahra has stories to tell and eyebrows to raise. Listen in as she talks with Zara Zimbardo about her background, her highs and lows, and doing what she does in today's climate of fear.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a Feminist Muslim satirist and Iranian-American comedian. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show "All Atheists Are Muslim" a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. She is a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, "Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women." She continues to write for LoveInshallah.com with her monthly column, entitled, "My Infidel Husband." Noorbakhsh is also cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, which was recently invited to record at the White House. Recently, Noorbakhsh was a featured comic at the Muslim Funny Fest's Comedy All Stars showcase, at the renowned Comic Strip in New York City. The Muslim Funny Fest is the first ever festival featuring an all Muslim comedian line up.
Zara Zimbardo is an Interdisciplinary Studies faculty in the BA Completion and MFA programs at CIIS. She is a presenter and published writer on topics of the social construction of whiteness, critical media literacy, Islamophobia, subversion of stereotypes in a time of war, social justice comedy, modern monsters and the zombie apocalypse, and representations of gender, race, consumerism and U.S. imperialism/militarism. Zara co-founded the White Noise Collective, an anti-racist feminist training and resource organization. She is a co-founder and Special Projects Director of Partners for Collaborative Change, which supports organizations to become more equitable through democratizing research planning and design, and through anti-oppression facilitation and coaching. Learn more about her work here.