Zahra Noorbakhsh

Comedian, Playwright, Essayist, Podcaster
Zahra Noorbakhsh is an award-winning comedian and host of the podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim. The podcast was featured in O, The Oprah Magazine, and was invited to the Obama White House. Her solo show, “All Atheists are Muslim,” was directed by CNN’s W. Kamau Bell, and dubbed a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival by the New Yorker Magazine. The theatrical premier of her new show, “On Behalf of All Muslims: A Comedy Special” drew a record-breaking audience of 700-people to San Francisco’s historic Brava Theater. She’s been a featured performer for Snap Judgment, The Moth, and more. Her writing has been featured in the NY Times and she’s a contributing essayist for NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross. Her essay, “Coming Out As Bisexual When You’re Muslim and Married,” reached more than 80-million people worldwide. She’s the recipient of the Pop Culture Collaborative’s Senior Fellowship on Comedy for Social Change, and The Opportunity Agenda’s Innovations Fellowship. Find out more at
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