How to Make White People Laugh

  • Title: How to Make White People Laugh
  • Author: Negin Farsad
  • ISBN: 9781455558223
  • Page: 330
  • Format: Hardcover
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    How to Make White People Laugh

    About Negin Farsad


    1. 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 first obtained a Bachelors Degree in Theatre 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 Masters degree in Race Relations at Columbia University by day but writing and performing comedy by night She followed that degree with a second Masters from Columbia at the School of International Public Affairs with a focus on Urban Management and worked as a senior policy advisor for the City of New York, eventually leaving for full time uncertainty in the world of performing and visual arts Negin was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post She was also named a 2013 TED Fellow and gave a TEDTalk about her work in Social Justice Comedy SJC SJC isn t really a thing yet, but Negin is forcing into existence As a standup comedian she has opened for the likes of Al Franken and Bobby Lee Mad TV in venues ranging from the Laugh Factory in New York, the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and Town Hall on Broadway Negin has provided original comedy content for PBS, Pacifica and Sirius Radio stations 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 DC, Dallas, and Chicago Comedy Festivals among others Her work has been called smart, funny, and fascinating by the Wall Street Journal, a Critic s Choice by the Chicago Tribune, a shining exception, by the Dallas Morning News, and Backstage cheered that it doesn t get much funnier than this


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    1. DNF at 39% I tried to make it to 50%, but frankly, I stopped caring It started out being funny It started out being reflective And it started out being interesting I especially liked the work she did to counter an anti muslim campaign on the New York subway system.After a while, there is only so much of her memoir that held me Yes, it was hard growing up as one of two muslim families in Palm Springs Yes, it was hard to be at white city Cornell Yes, it was hard to be the only muslim in Black Stud [...]

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    2. OMG YOU GUYS THIS BOOK I ll put up a review once the readathon is over But in the meantime, GO READ OR LISTEN TO THIS BOOK It s amazing It s HYSTERICAL Probably the funniest audiobook I have ever listened to, and that is a high mark to meet If you re looking for a funny palate cleanser during the 24in48 Readathon, grab this from Audible You will not regret it Run, don t walk.

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    3. Negin Farsad, an Iranian American, calls herself a social justice comedian This is just one of the intriguing hats she wears she s also a documentary film maker and a podcaster In a January 2016 TED talk with the characteristically memorable title A Highly Scientific Taxonomy of Haters, Farsad enumerates what constitutes social justice comedy 1 It mustn t be partisan2 It must be inviting and warm3 It must be funny but sneaky.I call bullshit on 1 By its very nature, social justice leans left Name [...]

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    4. This is a very funny and lighthearted book that s kind of a combination of memoir, manifesto, and instructional book for minorities on interacting with white people At times, this combination made it hard to pin down just who Farsad intended her audience to be sometimes the book was very much directed at white readers, while at other times she offered advice for POC The end result is a bit scattershot and I often felt that Farsad was being entirely too gosh darn NICE I mean, she definitely comes [...]

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    5. For reviews, visit ebooksandcooksFarsad is certainly an interesting comedian and filmmaker She is an Iranian American who grew up primarily in Palm Springs, California She has degrees from Cornell University undergraduate in government and theater and Columbia University graduate in African American Studies She defines her niche as social justice comedy.Her mission as a social justice comedian is to introduce ideas that change social consciousness using humor Much of the book is spent discussin [...]

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    6. Negin Farsad definitely knows how to make this white person laugh She s bold, irreverent, and on a mission to educate America about Muslims Her methods, which she calls social justice comedy, are delightful Instead of approaching people with anger or impatience, she is all about making connections Like the time she stood outside a Mormon church with a Hug a Muslim sign she had many takers , or the time she and a documentary film crew talked to a man with an enormous Confederate flag displayed in [...]

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    7. Funny take on the serious issues of immigrants, racism, and other ness in the United States written and read by an Iranian American Social Justice Comedian A nice break from super serious reading, but also a funny and thoughtful look at the Muslim American experience in this country during a time when muslims are often discriminated against as being all radical, terrorists, etc Now off to look up her TED talk.

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    8. I have mixed feelings and need to marinate on this for a bit before writing a review.

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    9. Read this now And give a copy to every white person you know This book is funny and smart, but still can get you fired up to write some letters to your local congressmen Negin is extremely relatable and doesn t hide her feelings She s fighting the good fight to make people understand what it s like to be, as she calls it, a third thing American It s important to read other people s experiences, especially those people who don t look like you It helps us learn empathy so hopefully we can make thi [...]

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    10. Mostly funny and very thought provoking I really enjoyed this

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    11. I m a white people and I laughed so she clearly knows what she s doing.

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    12. I saw this book come through processing at my library, and was excited to read it, so I put a hold on it, and entered to win a copy here on And I won I was so excited normally I can take awhile to getting around to reading a book in my possession, but not this time Maybe it was the eye catching cover, or the timeliness of the message, or the promise of humor injected into often sad and serious topics, but I was really interested And the book did not disappoint I ll admit that Negin s jizz jokes [...]

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    13. Are you a formally educated POC who understands both the pains and joys of a hyphenated identity but also says something like I don t get involved in politics If so, this book is for you This is a rare book that I would and have casually recommend ed to friends and family alike This is not a how to book on white allyship, or IMO a book to make white people laugh Instead, it is a book focused on the personal narrative of a POC Farsad herself that illuminates things of which everyone especially fe [...]

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    14. I read this wondering if I had a double life as a woman named Negin Farsad with a successful comedy career Every word sounded like it had come out of my mouth, and as a fellow hyphenated American , it was almost scary to read something that I connected to and understood so completely.Farsad speaks to all Americans who have to check white on the census even though we re really not, to all of us who have been confused about our place in a country so split between black and white, to all of us who [...]

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    15. closer to 3.5 but rounding down Timely discussion of how to promote tolerance and fight Islamophobia by getting to know people who are different It would have been better for me if it didn t keep referencing some mysterious pdf that I didn t figure out how to access until just now, and couldn t have looked at even if I had figured out how to access it earlier because I was driving I feel that if your book depends heavily on visuals, then it might not be a great choice to make it an audiobook Sti [...]

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    16. Got the feeling the author was trying a little too hard to drive her point across Like, you re Muslim and non White and also non Black okay, we get it you don t have to keep harping it every single time at every single juncture in every little aspect of your life I m a Muslim myself, and I hoped this book would be along the lines of inclusion and Muslims are normal people, too , but in trying too hard to point out that she was different everywhere, well, heck, she does turn out to be different [...]

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    17. I had the privilege of hearing Negin speak at Book Riot Live last weekend and the book does not disappoint Negin shares about her experience with Islamaphobia in America as an Iranian American but in a comedic way that inspires action even from people who don t normally consider themselves activists I particularly enjoyed listening to the audiobook because she narrated it and had neat ways of narrating the footnotes and graphic components

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    18. Maybe the author is funnier when she s doing standup, but it didn t come off in this book She does have a lot of good things to say about what she calls social justice comedy For anyone who wonders what a moderate, even secular, Muslim woman is like, this book gives one portrait Caution the language and subject matter are, shall we say, raw at times.

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    19. I think this would have worked well as a stand up routine, but the chatty, informal style did not make for an enjoyable read.

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    20. People needed to know that secular, fun Muslims who smell nice are the norm the norm than the dusty brown people we were seeing on television And I had to let people know it with the only tool I had comedy Actually, I also had one of those little wrenches that came with the IKEA Fjalkinge shelf, but I didn t think I could take on bigotry with that p 8 9 There s a definitive book on race but it s usually for black people There s a definitive book on religion but it s usually for Christian people [...]

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    21. How to not like Negin Farsad Can t be done I love her self deprecating sense of humor Her wit Her smarts.But not so much her coarse jokes or language Nor her myopic defense of Muslim terrorism Yes, Negin, you re right, Jerad and Amanda Miller, white murderers of police officers in Nevada, are terrorists, but so are sadly, the names go on and on and on, and I don t remember you mentioning one of them Sometimes her reflexive defense of Muslims makes her seem oblivious, as on page 165 ywhere from 1 [...]

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    22. The essays in this book vary between one and five stars, so I averaged I much admire learning how Iranian American Muslim Farsad created a career known as social justice comedy Her commentary definitely had me thinking about being a hyphenated identity in our society, although she overlooks that white people have less visible hyphenated identities This is most apparent in her section on TED talks and White People Love Conferences It is probably funnier in person The style throughout is akin to [...]

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    23. I had high expectations for this book just from the title I was dreaming that I could use this as a novel in the arsenal of Check Your White Privilege books to use with family, friends, etc However, Farsad makes only a few references to HOW to make white people laugh and it was of a tongue in cheek memoir about some things social justice, some things just the life of a comedian Honestly what let me down the most was the rape joke I encounteredt like it was even a funny rape joke in that it crit [...]

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    24. Terrible book I ve had this on my to read list for several years and was excited to see that the library had added it to its collection It was presumably about the author s experiences of not being white and coming to terms with being Iranian American Whenever I had discovered the book I remembered it sounded really awesome and interesting In execution s really not.It might be something that works much better as a stand up when I began reading I wondered if this was something that worked better [...]

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    25. negin farsad is thoughtful, courageous, for sure stubborn, upbeat, and sort of all over the place frantic the best of the book was her challenging and brave no, i mean it the work she does is HARD, and she is NOT shying away exploration of privilege, white supremacy, and othering she particularly just blew me away with her generosity of spirit her belief that hurtful, hateful, bigoted behavior is usually rooted in ignorance and her dedication to the tiring, often degrading labor of lovingly, opt [...]

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    26. I remember thinking, Maybe I should try being white I mean, what does it really entail wainscoting This book is part memoir and part social justice manifesto Negin Farsad shares her voice as an Iranian American, Muslim, and a comedian She shares why she identifies as a hyphenated American and shares her struggles and victories of being a brown woman in Southern California and the rest of the world Farsad is funny and poignant and shares heartfelt insights on being the child of immigrants while n [...]

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    27. I had the good fortune to meet Negin at Book Riot Live in New York and really like what she is trying to do with her comedy I generally do not enjoy the crassness of stand up, and there are parts of the book that wallow in that crassness Setting those and a bit of disorganization aside, I found her interesting, thoughtful, and funny.

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    28. An entertaining autobiograph memoir full of dry humor, with great perspectives on race in America Always love when the middle high school nerd ends up the famous comedian Plus she went to Cornell, so lived in Ithaca for a few years so nice perspectives from central New York college town.

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    29. Negin Farsad is a treasure.

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    30. So funny and I learned a lot Love her voice and her calls to action Really well done.

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