News Quiz USA
Washington Dysfunction, Snowden, DOMA and Paula Deen
Friday, June 28, 2013
Host Andy Borowitz challenges comedians Lee Camp, Negin Farsad, Todd Barry and Dean Obeidallah to dissect everything that’s on America’s mind (and front pages), from Texas State Senator Wendy Davis to NSA fugitive Edward Snowden and chef Paula Deen.
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Andy Borowitz is a writer and comedian actor whose work appears in The New Yorker and on The Borowitz Report on newyorker.com. He is the first-ever winner of the National Press Club's humor award and a two-time finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor. He has been the principal host of the Moth storytelling group since 1999. He is the author of many books including his latest, The 50 Funniest American Writers, published in October 2011 by Library of America. He has been called a "Swiftian satirist" (The Wall Street Journal), "America's satire king" (The Daily Beast), and "one of the funniest people in America" (CBS News Sunday Morning).
Negin Farsad was born in the United States, growing up in the desert of Southern California. She first obtained a Bachelors Degree in Theatre Arts and Government from Cornell University. Negin was recently named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post. She was also named a 2013 TED Fellow where she’s slated to give a talk about her work in social justice comedy. Negin co-directed, along with Dean Obeidallah, the upcoming comedy documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film can be in theaters in select cities and available online this September. Negin wrote for and developed the MTV series, Detox , the PBS animated series 1001 Nights. and the Nickelodeon series Class ParentsNerdcore Rising, a ragingly hilarious comedy about nerdcore hip-hop, for which she was director, producer, writer, PA, and golf caddie. As a standup comedian she has opened for the likes of Al Franken and Bobby Lee (Mad TV) in venues ranging from the Laugh Factory in New York, the Comedy Store in Los Angeles, and Town Hall on Broadway. Negin has provided original comedy content for PBS, Pacifica and Sirius Radio stations.
Todd Barry was born in New York City. He moved to South Florida as a cute little boy, then moved to Manhattan as a macho little man. He received a BA in English from the University of Florida. He has many television appearances such as: Late Night with David Letterman.and Late Night with Cohan O'Brian. The list of animated shows he has contributed to are, The Daughter of the Devil, Freak Show, Dr. Katz, Professional Therapist, Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Space Ghost, Coast-To-Coast, and much more . He also won 2003 Nightlife Awards for Outstanding Male Standup Comedian.
Lee Camp is a Comedian, Activist, Writer and Creator of the Moment of Clarity video series. Lee is perhaps best known for two things: his early support of the Occupy movement (he performed at over a dozen protests in the U.S. and Canada and was at OWS on day one) and his appearance on Fox News where he went off script during a live broadcast by calling the network "a parade of propaganda" and "a festival of ignorance." Shockingly, he has not been invited back. His edgy style has been compared to Bill Hicks and George Carlin by the Guardian and Time Out (as well as George's daughter Kelly). He is an in-demand commentator and satirist who tours the U.S., Canada and Europe.
Born in the Great State of New Jersey, Dean Obeidallah's comedy comes in large part from his unique background of being the son of a Palestinian father and a Sicilian mother. Dean, an award winning comedian who was at one time a practicing attorney, has appeared on “The Axis of Evil” Comedy TV special which aired in the US on Comedy Central and in the Middle East on Showtime Arabia. He is the co-creator of Comedy Central.com’s critically acclaimed Internet series “The Watch List” featuring a cast of all Middle Eastern-American comedians performing stand up and sketch comedy. Dean co-directed, along with Negin Farsad, the upcoming comedy documentary “The Muslims Are Coming!” featuring a tour of American-Muslim comedians performing free comedy shows across the heartland of America in the hopes of using comedy to foster understanding and dispel misconceptions about Muslims. The film can be in theaters in select cities and available online this September.
Dean has appeared twice on ABC’s “The View,” on the nationally syndicated TV series “Comics Unleashed with Byron Allen” and was one of five comedians profiled in the recent one hour TV Special entitled: “Stand Up: Muslim-American Comics Come of Age” which aired in the US on PBS and internationally on BBC World and Al Jazeera.