Muslim stand-up comic looks to foster understanding

Tissa HamiMuslim stand-up comic Tissa Hami will present her unique perspective on life as an Iranian-American woman at 12:40 p.m. Wednesday, March 28, at SUNY Oswego’s Waterman Theatre.

The free event is part of SUNY Oswego’s new College Hour weekly programming series.

Hami, one of the world’s few female Muslim stand-up comics, said that her career in comedy, and its ability to dispel cultural myths, has special significance in her life. “I’m not just a comedian, I tell myself—I’m an activist, a pioneer, a revolutionary,” Hami said.

Her performances cover topics ranging from the scrutiny of airport security to the stereotype that Iranian women are “voiceless and weak.” Hami, who performs in an Islamic hijab, hopes her comedy will help break down stereotypes about Muslim women and foster understanding between Iranians and Americans.

Hami’s comedy has been featured at venues such as New York’s Caroline’s and Stand-Up and universities from Yale to Brown. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in international affairs from Ivy League universities.

By day, Hami is the coordinator of admissions and recruiting for international development programs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government. She also is a contributing writer for

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(Posted: Mar 07, 2007)