Events for Comedy

Realities of Diversity Speaker Series: Negin Farsad

KUER, RadioWest, and United Way of Salt Lake present “The Realities of Diversity,” a three-part speaker series that takes a deeper look at race and diversity in America.

The September speaker is social justice comedian and writer Negin Farad. Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). A TED Senior Fellow, author of How to Make White People Laugh, and as one of few Iranian-American Muslim female comedian/filmmakers, Farsad uses humor—full-scale ridiculously—to bridge the racial, religious, social, and immigrant gap. The Wall Street Journal calls her work “smart, funny, and fascinating.” For Negin Farsad, the social justice thing didn’t come out of the blue. She has a dual Masters in African American Studies and Public Policy from Columbia University’s School of International & Public Affairs, and used to work as a policy advisor for the city of New York but left that for a strange life in the arts. She has appeared on Comedy Central’s The Nightly Show, A&E’s Black & White, and variously on CNN, MSNBC, and NPR. Farsad has written and developed series for MTV, PBS, and Nickelodeon. She wrote, directed, and starred in the 2016 feature release 3rd Street Blackout—a rom-com set in the blackout after Hurricane Sandy and featuring Ed Weeks from The Mindy Project, Janeane Garofalo, and John Hodgman. She also wrote, directed, and produced Nerdcore Rising, a comedy about nerdcore hip-hop that Wired called “honest and heartfelt,” and which has been an official selection of festivals worldwide, earning Best Film, Best Director, and Audience Favorite awards. RadioWest’s Doug Fabrizio will interview each speaker about their work related to race and diversity, followed by a 30 minute audience Q&A. Interviews will air on RadioWest at a later date.

The Rocky Horror Show

When a newly engaged couple, Brad and Janet, innocently set out to visit an old professor, a thunderstorm and a flat-tire lead them to seek help at the castle of the alien, transvestite scientist, Dr. Frank ‘N’ Furter. As Brad and Janet are swept up into Frank ‘N’ Furter’s latest experiment, the night’s misadventures will cause them to question everything they’ve known about themselves, each other and love. This humorous tribute to the classic B Sci-Fi films and horror genre, with an irresistible rock’n’roll score, is a wild ride that no audience will soon forget.

Jewish Arts Festival- Belly Laughs: Comedy That Cooks

Belly Laughs is a live, 70-minute stage show featuring Joel Chasnoff's unique brand of uplifting, positive Jewish comedy; a cooking demonstration by Lior Sercarz; and an onstage interview/Q&A with Lior, conducted by Joel, about what it’s like to be an Israeli chef in the New York culinary scene.