Zahra Noorbakhsh

Feminist, Muslim, Iranian-American, Comedian


ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian.  Her one woman show, "All Atheists are Muslim" was directed by W. Kamau Bell and was dubbed a highlight of the Int'l New York City Fringe Theater Festival by the New Yorker Magazine. She is a contributor to the NY Times Featured anthology, “Love Inshallah: The Secret Love Lives of American Muslim Women,” and keeps a monthly column entitled, "My Infidel Husband." A segment of her newest one woman show, "Hijab and Hammerpants," debuted at Snap Judgment's anniversary show, LIVE at the Paramount Theater.  Noorbakhsh is also cohost of the internationally acclaimed podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, which was recently invited to record at the White House and deemed a "must listen" by Oprah Magazine. 

She and cohost, Taz Ahmed, have been awarded the OCLA Rising Star Image Award for the podcast.  As a comedian, Noorbakhsh has performed with renowned comics, W. Kamau Bell, Hari Kondabolu, and Maz Jobrani.  She was a featured comic at the Muslim Funny Fest's Comedy All Stars showcase at NYC's Comic Strip.  This summer Noorbakhsh was invited to attend the Sundance Creative Change Retreat, where she workshopped her comedy special, "On Behalf of All Muslims," set to tour this year.