meet the smirkers.

Folks, we’re gearing up for our big comedy benefit, We Can Smirk it Out, on May 5th at the famous Gotham Comedy Club. If you haven’t bought your tix, just click here toute suite. Your laughter will help us continue to provide free mediation services to thousands of New Yorkers. Here’s the amazing lineup of comics:

negin farsadNegin Farsad was named one of the 50 Funniest Women by the Huffington Post and is a TED Fellow. She developed the MTV series Detox, the PBS animated series 1001 Nights and the Nickelodeon series Class Parents. She created and directed the films The Muslims Are Coming and Nerdcore Rising. Check this out: Queen Rania of Jordan commissioned a video from Negin to combat Middle Eastern stereotypes.

marinaHarlem’s own Marina Franklin is one of Louis CK’s seven favorite comics!  She’s appeared on Wanda Syke’s Herlarious, Showtime’s Women Who Kill, Craig Ferguson’s Late Late Show, the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Chappelle’s Show, Tough Crowd with Colin Quinn, and Showtime at The Apollo. To boot, Marina roams the earth, performing at the most prestigious comedy festivals across the world.

mark normandMark Normand has done a Comedy Central Half Hour Special, and he’s appeared on such shows as Conan (twice!), John Oliver’s New York Standup Show, Showtime’s Live at SXSW, Inside Amy Schumer, and @Midnight. He released an album with Comedy Central Records entitled Still Got It. And! He was voted the Village Voice’s “Best Comedian of 2013.”

bill-santiagoBill Santiago appears every Saturday morning on CNN, delivering comic commentary in the Weekly Pop Wrap. He’s been on Craig Ferguson, Comedy Central’s Premium Blend, Chelsea Lately, Good Morning America, ABC News, BBC World, CNN en Español, and NPR’s Latino USA. His book Pardon My Spanglish is taught at schools nationwide to stimulate convos about identity, language and multiculturalism.

harrisonAnd meet our host for the evening, Harrison Greenbaum — one of the most in-demand comedians in New York, performing in more than 600 shows a year (!) and thus leading the NY Daily News to call him “the hardest-working man in comedy.”  Harrison has received the Andy Kaufman Award,, the Shorty Award from Comedy Central and was the New York Comedy Festival’s “Best Emerging Comic.” 


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