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Dispelling Misconception Through Comedy

A Student Activities program designed to erase stereotypes and embrace diversity – through the prism of stand-up – was held Friday in the Bush Campus Center. Comedians Negin Farsad and Dean Obeidallah (who, earlier in the day, screened their film, “The Muslims Are Coming!” there) returned to Penn’s Inn for an evening comedy performance and an enlightening question-and-answer session. Their appearance coincided with “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibit of black-and-white photography at The Gallery at Penn College through March 4.


Photos by Tia G. La and Caleb G. Schirmer, student photographers

Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn's Inn...
Negin Farsad (left) and Dean Obeidallah perform in the intimate space of Penn’s Inn…

... where they were greeted by a receptive and responsive crowd.
… where they were greeted by a receptive and responsive crowd.

Farsad's observational humor ...
Farsad’s observational humor …

... is not lost on the campus audience.
… is not lost on the campus audience.

Attendees get the point ...
Attendees get the point …

... as Obeidallah dissects stereotypes with his comedic scalpel.
… as Obeidallah dissects stereotypes with his comedic scalpel.

The pair field questions from the audience ...
The pair field questions from the audience …

... which obviously enjoys the give-and-take.
… which obviously enjoys the give-and-take.