Zahra Noorbakhsh

Feminist, Muslim, Iranian-American Comedian

Stand Up for Books featuring W. Kamau Bell

Stand Up for Books featuring W. Kamau Bell with Host Irene Tu and Special Guests!

August 12, 2017, Saturday
Rhythmix Cultural Works
2513 Blanding Ave., Alameda, CA 94501
Doors open 7pm

Eastwind Books of Berkeley invites you to Stand Up for Books, our annual fundraiser showcasing the best in Bay Area comedy. This year’s show features W. Kamau Bell, sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America. 

Stand Up for Books is a comedy night fundraiser celebrating Eastwind Books of Berkeley, a community bookstore serving the Bay Area for over 20 yars by providing books on Asian American diverse cultures, history, and literature. Our unique collection of books and published titles and our promotion of socially-conscoius authors provides books that represent our community. We welcome you to support our legacy of resistance and community activism. 

Visit us at to browse our titles and learn more about our bookstore!

Be sure to check out The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell by W. Kamau Bell. VIP tickets receive a free copy of the book. 

Can't make the show, but still want to support Asian American activism? Donate to Eastwind! Click on our ticketing page and hit Donate. 

W. Kamau Bell is a critically acclaimed sociopolitical comedian and host of the Emmy Award nominated hit CNN docu-series United Shades of America. Season two premiered on April 30th, 2017. Kamau’s first book, The Awkward Thoughts of W. Kamau Bell: Tales of a 6' 4", African American, Heterosexual, Cisgender, Left-Leaning, Asthmatic, Black and Proud Blerd, Mama's Boy, Dad, and Stand-Up Comedian, came out on May 2nd, 2017. Kamau is the host of three podcasts: Denzel Washington is The Greatest Actor of All Time Period, Politically Re-Active, and Kamau Right Now! Kamau Right Now also airs live on NPR radio station KALW. Kamau’s first comedy special, Semi-Prominent Negro, was produced and directed by Morgan Spurlock, and the comedy album for the special was released on Kill Rock Stars. The New York Times called Kamau “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years.”

Irene Tu is a San Francisco-based stand-up comedian, writer, and actor. In 2016, she was named one of the “Bay Area’s 11 Best Stand Up Comedians” by the SFist and one of 20 “Women to Watch” by KQED. She has been featured in SF Sketchfest, Bridgetown Comedy Festival, RIOT LA and on Seeso and Viceland. Irene hosts several popular shows in the Bay Area: Man Haters, Hysteria, The Mission Position, and Millennials Ruin Everything (they do). You can follow her @irene_tu.

Rhythmix Cultural Works community arts center in Alameda is committed to bringing people of all ages together through a wide range of affordable art offerings in dance, music, theater, exhibitions and arts education.

This event is co-sponsored by CET Films. Founded in 1983 by Loni Ding as The Center for Educational Telecommunications, CET is a not-for-profit organization devoted to the production and distribution of educational films, with a special interest in Asian American history. See http://www.cetel.orgfor/ more information.

Literary Death Match SF — presented by Lit Camp

After too many moons away — we've missed you SF! — Literary Death Match is teaming with Lit Camp as we return to the Elbo Room for a brilliant like-minded evening of literature, laughs, levity and above all a noble distraction from the crash-and-burn administration festering in our White House. Click to see the lineup so far!

What is Literary Death Match? Part literary event, part comedy show, part game show, Literary Death Match brings together four of today’s finest writers to compete in an edge-of-your-seat read-off critiqued by three celebrity judges, and concluded by a slapstick showdown to decide the ultimate champion.

Literary Merit: D.A. Powell, National Book Critics Circle Award-winning poet of Useless Landscape, or A Guide for Boys

Performance: Zahra Noorbakhsh, comedian, cohost of award-winning podcast: #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, currently touring her hour-long comedy special, On Behalf of All Muslims

Intangibles: Allison Mick, Oakland-based standup comedian

Round 1: 
* Mina Witteman, Dutch YA and children's book author of Boreas and the Thousand Islands and Boreas and the Four Winds
* Jason Bayani, National Poetry Slam finalist, author of Amulet, and a Kundiman fellow

Round 2: 
* Vanessa Hua, Asian/Pacific American Award-winning author of Deceit and Other Possibilities (also a California Book Award finalist)
* Yalitza Ferreras, writer featured in Best American Short Stories 2016 & Steinbeck Fellow at SJSU

Hosted by LDM creator Adrian Todd Zuniga. Produced by Matthew DeCoster.

Where: Elbo Room, 647 Valencia St, SF (map)
When: 7:15pm start; 6:30 pm doors; afterdrinks at 8:57pm
Cost: $7 preorder; $10 at the door