Negin Farsad

Negin Farsad is an American comedian, actor, writer and filmmaker of Iranian descent based in New York City. Like most comedians, she has a Masters Degree in African-American Studies. She was named one of the 53 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post, one of 10 Feminist Comedians to Watch by Paper Magazine, and was selected as a TEDFellow for her work in social justice comedy. She has written for/appeared on Comedy Central, MTV, PBS, IFC, Nickelodeon and others. She is director/producer of the feature films 3rd Street Blackout, starring Janeane Garofalo and Ed Weeks, Nerdcore Rising starring Weird Al Yankovic and The Muslims Are Coming! starring Jon Stewart, David Cross and Lewis Black.

Guest Appearances

January 4, 2018

Bryan and Erin welcome 2018 with open arms as they catch up after their new year festivities! Bryan discusses a new development in the HIV/AIDS Presidential Advisory Council situation: everyone got fired! They try to wrap their heads around the travesty that is this administration’s backtracking on LGBTQ issues before Erin shares more positive news in the way of all of the amazing female candidates currently running for government positions. Then, host of Fake the Nation Negin Farsad joins in to talk about “changing the stereotype,” why Iranian society feels unsustainable, and her legal challenge to the MTA while promoting her film “The Muslims Are Coming!”

December 11, 2017

Paul F. Tompkins welcomes time traveling listeners back to Spontaneanation! This time out, Paul’s special guest is comedian and fellow Earwolf podcaster Negin Farsad of Fake the Nation! Negin chats about whether she’s ever had a religious experience, a moment in which she was hysterically laughing with friends in Paris, and having car blindness. Then, they are joined by improvisers Mark McConville, Nancy Hayden, and Donna Brookbanks, to improvise a story set in A Dance Club In Reykjavik. And as always, Eban (only the best) Schletter scores it all on piano!

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September 18, 2017

If you’re a movie fan in 2017, you’re hard pressed to find many original sci-fi films. There are a lot more Alien: Covenants and Blade Runner: 2 0 49s than Ex Machinas. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, it’s just sometimes sci-fi fans want to experience something new, something fresh, something that’s not in the Transformers expanded universe.

I mean, it’s 2017. There are new planets and technologies being discovered every day. Surely some of them would make for the basis of a good sci-fi movie.

So on this week’s podcast, Alex Schmidt puts together a panel to research as many new and groundbreaking science stories as possible and pitch them as sci-fi movies. He’s joined live in New York at the Now Hear This podcast festival by Cracked’s Brett Rader and Michael Swaim, and comedians Claudia Cogan and Negin Farsad to discuss sense vests, head transplants, robot vines and more.

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February 8, 2017

Mark & Pete welcome Negin Farsad from Earwolf’s “Fake The Nation” as they process the wild early days of the Trump administration. Pete posits that Donald is forever stuck in the New York City of the 1970’s, Mark wants to replace everyone’s hands with guns, and Negin is concerned about mandatory transvaginal ultrasounds.

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February 1, 2017

Comedian Negin Farsad on esoteric allergies, the power of fire hydrants, and growing up Muslim … all in this edition of Kids’ Unanswerable Questions.To find kid-friendly versions and join the conversation go to!

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January 19, 2017

Comedian, author, and podcaster Negin Farsad (Fake the Nation , How to Make White People Laugh) joins Sarah and Susan to talk about having to cry for the movie 3rd Street Blackout, crying onstage while performing stand-up, Grey’s Anatomy, Me and Earl and the Dying Girl, and the pilot episode of Friday Night Lights.

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