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#GoodMuslimBadMuslim - LIVE from the Oakland Mosque!
Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC)
Oakland, CA
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#GoodMuslimBadMuslim - LIVE from the Oakland Mosque!
We just got back from the White House and we're coming for you Oakland!  We're bringing our #creepingSharia, #AwkwardAskaMuslim's, #Fatwas and headed to headquarters.  Let's go to mosque!

There will also be a special guest performance by Jenny Yang.  She and Taz received the White House Champions of Change award!  To learn more, check out performer bios below.

It all started with a hashtag.

Specifically, a hashtag back and forth conversation between Tanzila 'Taz' Ahmed and Zahra Noorbakhsh, all in jest. And then, we decided to make it really real.

But why #GoodMuslimBadMuslim?

To the Muslim community, we are "bad" Muslims - we listen to music, we don't pray regularly, we date or get married to white men (Zahra), identify as punks and radicals (Taz), we perform and share our lives with comedy and writing. So we are bad. So so bad.

To non-Muslims, we are "good" - we don't drink, we don't do drugs, we are not criminals, we are social justice activists and community leaders. We are successful, published, accomplished.

But then of course, on the flipside, because we are brown Muslims living in a post 9/11 islamophobia funded world, we are also villanized by Western society, too. No matter how you look at it, we are bad Muslims. There's no winning!!!!

As Muslim American women, we are walking this fine line between what it means to be good and bad. So really, what does it mean to be a good Muslim, when we as American women are getting mixed messages from all different angles? We've decided to say - fuck it. We'll define what it means to be a good American Muslim ourselves and through our #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast. And poke fun at both sides of this margin. We'll create our own narrative how we see fit, and with lots of satire and laughs.

ZAHRA NOORBAKHSH is a Feminist, Muslim, Iranian-American comedian, writer and actor, based in San Francisco when she's not on tour.  The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show, "All Atheists are Muslim" a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. "All Atheists are Muslim" is an autobiographic romantic comedy about moving in with her White, atheist, infidel boyfriend and telling her Iranian Muslim parents about it.  She is cohost of the podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, deemed a "must listen" by Oprah Magazine and recently taped at the Whitehouse.  Noorbakhsh recently debuted her coming of age story, "Hijab and Hammerpants," on Snap Judgment.  Stay updated on her shows and tours at

TANZILA "TAZ" AHMED is an activist, storyteller, and politico based in Los Angeles, and recently received the White House Champion of Change award. An electoral organizer by trade, she's mobilized thousands of AAPIs to the polls in over seventeen different languages in the past fifteen years at various nonprofit organizations, starting with founding South Asian American Voting Youth in 2004. She is Campaign Strategist at 18MillionRising, an Asian American new media organizing group. She is cohost of the #GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast that has been featured in O Magazine, Wired, and Buzzfeed. An avid essayist, she had a monthly column called Radical Love, was a blogger for Sepia Mutiny, has written for Truthout, The Aerogram, The Nation, Left Turn Magazine, and more. She is published in forthcoming anthology Good Girls Marry Doctors (2016) and poetry collection Coiled Serpent (2016) and was published in the anthology Love, Inshallah (2012). Her third poetry chapbook Emdash and Ellipses was published in early 2016. Taz curates Desi music at Mishthi Music where she co-produced Beats for Bangladesh and she annually makes #MuslimVDay Cards. Her artwork was featured in the shows Sharia Revoiced (2015), in Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Centers H-1B (2015), and Rebel Legacy: Activist Art from South Asian California (2014).

JENNY YANG is a Los Angeles-based writer and standup comedian who produces a (mostly) female, Asian American standup comedy tour, Disoriented Comedy, and has been a writer and performer on the viral Buzzfeed videos that have amassed over 20 million combined views such as "Ways Our Asian Moms Say 'I Love You'" and the "Ask An Asian" video series. In 2015, Jenny produced the first-annual The Comedy Comedy Festival: A Comedy Festival, an Asian American comedy festival featuring the best emerging and veteran standup, sketch, improv, and writing talent. Drawing from her former career in politics, Jenny is a regular commentator on politics and pop culture with contributions featured on NPR, Southern California Public Radio, The Guardian, NBC News, BBC News, Al Jazeera America, and Pivot TV. She has been an actor and host in numerous digital projects including Comedy Central's White Flight and Phil Yu's Angry Asian America talk show on ISAtv, a new media platform created by Far East Movement and Wong Fu Productions. Jenny was dubbed one of Los Angeles' "most fascinating people" of 2015 in LA Weekly's annual "People" issue, and a featured standup comic on Joan Rivers' 2013 Showtime documentary Why We Laugh: Funny Women.


Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California (ICCNC) (View)
1433 Madison Street.
Oakland, CA 94612
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Performance
Comedy > Improv
Comedy > Sketch
Comedy > Stand Up
Other > Fundraisers
Other > Political

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: No


Owner: Zahra Noorbakhsh
On BPT Since: Aug 19, 2013
Zahra Noorbakhsh
(510) 470-0333

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