Zahra Noorbakhsh


On Behalf of All Muslims

There are Muslims who want your jobs, your homes, your husbands and sometimes your wives. Zahra Noorbakhsh is one of them, a comedian who has set out to represent all Muslims in her new comedy special On Behalf of All Muslims. Everything you’ve ever known about Muslims will be shaken and stirred.

DATES: February 2, 3, 4 and 9, 10, 11


Solo Performance and Storytelling Class

I'm so excited to announce that I'll be teaching Solo Performance and Storytelling again, as an artist in residence at the Islamic Cultural Center in Oakland! I do not know when I'll be teaching this class again, so I hope I'm able to catch you this time around!

Creating a One-Person Show for Storytelling & Solo Performance: An 8-week workshop with Zahra Noorbakhsh.

Space is limited to 8 participants. Apply right here. Dates are below:

  • January 29
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 26
  • March 5
  • March 12
  • March 26
  • April 2 - Class Show at 7pm (Call at 5pm)

Learn the creative and logistical process of developing a one-person show.

  • Craft a 10-15 min. scene or storytelling piece.
  • Gain skills as an actor and storyteller, such as choreographing your piece, developing stage presence, and understanding the role of physicality in memorization.
  • Learn how to create memorable characters and captivating scenes, whether you tell them or act them out.
  • Perform a 10-15min piece as part of a class showcase at the end of the course!
  • Performers of all levels are welcome! See application for further details.

Kamau Right Now

#KamauNow is BACK! Bay Area comedian W. Kamau Bell is teaming up with KALW for a brand-new second season of KAMAU RIGHT NOW!, a live talk-show broadcast and social media event. Kamau and his guests aim to transform the current political and cultural conversation into “a three-ring circus of relevance" as they try to figure out what is going on RIGHT NOW. There will be provocative conversation. There will be respectful debates. There will be much laughter (and probably a few hugs, too) - we know we'll need a lot of both in the upcoming four years. 

Be a part of our live audience, and experience all the hilarity and awkwardness (plus post-show Afterparty) in person, OR listen live at 7pm on KALW 91.7FM or to catch the show!

Use the hashtag #KamauNow for a chance to become part of the show, whether you're there or not - share a joke, fact check us, let us know what you're passionate about right now, go on, even heckle us from afar. We might read it live on air! We want to know what you want to hear.

Professor Ian Haney Lopez, who examines how racism has evolved since the civil rights era
Pastor Michael McBride, "Pastor Mike"
Zahra Noorbakhsh, our favorite Feminist Muslim, Iranian-American comedian

with more to be announced soon!

(Psst, we've got a discount code for students: wkbstudent17)