Monday August 08, 2016

Why Negin Farsad wants to make white people laugh

Stand-up comic Negin Farsad knows how to make white people laugh. She's literally written a book on the topic.

Stand-up comic Negin Farsad knows how to make white people laugh. She's literally written a book on the topic. (neginfarsad.com)

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What do poop jokes have to do with social justice? Well, quite a lot, according to comedian and TED fellow Negin Farsad. 

In a book she calls "the perfect gift for a racist uncle," Farsad tackles a series of misconceptions about Muslims — like the claim that they don't denounce terrorism. The resulting memoir, How to Make White People Laugh, is part personal reflection, part comedy manifesto. 

Today the social justice comedian joins guest host Jelena Adzic to discuss her move from the academy to the stage, some of her most memorable projects, and how humour can make a serious difference.