How to Make White People Laugh

  • by Negin Farsad
  • Narrated by Negin Farsad
  • 5 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

From the acclaimed writer, director, and star of the hit documentary The Muslims Are Coming! comes a memoir in essays about growing up Iranian American in a post-9/11 world and the power of comedy to combat racism.
Negin Farsad is an Iranian American Muslim female stand-up comedian who believes she can change the world through jokes. And yes, sometimes that includes fart jokes. In this candid and uproarious book, Farsad shares her personal experiences growing up as the "other" in an American culture that has no time for nuance. In fact she longed to be black and/or Mexican at various points of her youth - you know, like normal kids. Right? Right?
Writing bluntly and hilariously about the elements of race we are often too politically correct to discuss, Farsad takes a long, hard look at the iconography that still shapes our concepts of "black", "white", and "Muslim" today - and what it means when white culture defines the culture. Farsad asks the important questions, like, "What does it mean to have a hyphenated identity?", "How can we actually combat racism, stereotyping, and exclusion?", and "Do Iranians get bunions at a higher rate than other ethnic groups?" (She's asking for a friend.)
How to Make White People Laugh tackles these questions with wit, humor, and incisive intellect. And along the way, you might just learn a thing or two about tetherball, Duck Dynasty, and wine slushies.


What the Critics Say

"This book is more than funny - it's on David Sedaris-level first-class perfect f--king hilarious funny. I laughed so hard, I made a spectacle of myself." (Julia Sweeney, comedian, writer, former SNL cast member)
"Apparently, Negin did not spend her childhood in the Irish countryside. She was never a beat jazz innovator, and her marriage to Douglas Fairbanks was unconsummated. This long overdue book not only 'sets the record straight' but also improves the whole structure of society. I thank Ms. Farsad for that. You should do the same." (Janeane Garofalo, comedian)


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great message, shaky delivery

Overall, I really liked the message of this book and it was pretty funny. Of course we shouldn't discriminate against any particular group. That being said, it is hard to hear someone who grew up in Palm Springs, was Ivy League educated, and spent summers in Paris criticizing other people for privilege. The lack of this acknowledgement gives the book some whiny undertones.
Also I am not quite sure who the best audience for this book is. I chose it because I like female comedians, but I did not need to be won over or convinced not to be hateful. The Muslim people that I know would find this book offensive. The people I know that would find this book funny are already in agreement with not hating anyone. I am not sure this book would be well received by the people whose minds it wants to change.
The most annoying thing about this audiobook are the endless references to the PDF, which you can't see.
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- Maria

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-24-2016
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio