Funny is Funny?
frank talk: Zahra Noorbakhsh. Special Guest: Joey Clift
In this episode, we’re talking pipelines and comedy featuring the 2019 frank talk of comedian and Pop Culture Collaborative Senior Fellow Zahra Noorbakhsh, where she shares her personal story and professional analysis about who has the power to decide what’s funny and the broken career pipeline for diverse stand up comics. Her frank talk accompanies her 2019 report, “FUNNY IS FUNNY: Development Models for Diverse Voices in Stand-Up Comedy.” Bridgit and Tracy then call comedy writer and member of the Cowlitz tribe of the Pacific Northwest, Joey Clift, who responds to Zahra’s analysis and shares experiences of Indigenous comedy artists in Hollywood. Bridgit and Tracy discuss how new emerging artist-led pipelines are re-centering power inside the entertainment industry.