Usually it's the stuff that no one wants to say that makes the best comedy. All the more so when it comes to broaching difficult social issues like race and religion. From Richard Pryor to Ellen Degeneres, comedy brings us together and shows us humans how truly ridiculous we are.
The speakers at this week’s Standard Talk “All In Good Fun” have seen and felt this first hand, and helped us laugh our way through.
Baratunde Thurston is the CEO, co-founder, and hashtagger-in-chief of Cultivated Wit. He also wrote the New York Times bestseller 'How To Be Black' and served for five years as director of digital for the satirical news outlet, The Onion.
Negin Farsad is one of the few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers at the forefront of what she calls social justice comedy. She uses humor—full-scale ridiculousity—to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap. In her feature film, 'The Muslims Are Coming!' (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.
Join us this Monday, July 28th at 6:30pm at The Standard, High Line to hear how these two acclaimed comedians have broken social barriers simply by being hilarious.