Dina Hashem first tried stand-up by auditioning for the 2010 New Jersey Comedy Festival. After winning 1st place, she continued to perform regularly in New York City. Dina’s style involves a subdued delivery with dark observations about her life and Arab upbringing. She has performed on Comedy Central’s Roast Battle, CONAN on TBS, Melbourne Comedy Festival, Comedy Central’s Clusterfest, SF Sketchfest, and can be seen regularly at The Stand and Comedy Cellar.
Fizaa Dosani: Fizaa Dosani is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who was born and raised in Florida before escaping to Los Angeles. If you want conventional, look elsewhere. As a comic, she is an energy rollercoaster who serves her audiences kinetic, side-splitting hilarity. Fizaa has toured widely and performs on well-known stages around the world. She has also had roles in acclaimed movies and TV shows such as Dear White People (Netflix), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), and Snowfall (FX). Fizaa created Facial Recognition Comedy, a nationally touring stand-up show with pre-Covid bicoastal residencies in LA and NYC, as well as a weekly podcast of the same name, which she co-hosts. Facial Recognition Comedy was founded to combat tokenism while showcasing diversity within marginalized demographics, starting with her own: female-identifying comics of South Asian descent. In November 2018, Fizaa was named as an up-and-coming comedian by The New York Times in an article listing Facial Recognition Comedy as one of the top 5 shows they were most excited to see at the NY Comedy Festival. In January 2020, Fizaa performed with Facial Recognition Comedy at the SF Sketchfest for her third year in a row. The show has also been featured on the Daily Beast and Vulture's Splitsider.
Zahra Ali is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. You may have seen her on NBC and Amazon. She was featured as an an up-and-coming comedian in The New York Times and The Daily Beast. Zahra is based in Los Angeles, was born in New York City, and raised in Jersey. She brings her bicoastal flair with New York humor and attitude to the stage. Often flexing as an insult comedian, Zahra performs and is ranked at the very popular Roast Battle at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. Come watch her live and maybe you'll get roasted too! This is Zahra's third year at SF Sketchfest with the nationally touring comedy show she co-produces called Facial Recognition Comedy.
Pallavi Gunalan is a biomedical engineer, stand-up comedian, improviser, and actor. She’s performed all over the US and India and was most recently on Laugh Factory's Fresh Faces. Pallavi co-produces the Facial Recognition Comedy stand-up show and podcast, and has been featured in Splitsider, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and the Portland Mercury. Using her science and engineering expertise, Pallavi created and stars in her own comedy/science web series, Dirty Science, which is intent on demystifying technology and killing cultural myths. Pallavi also performed as part of an Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre improv team in 2019, is currently on a Second City improv team in 2020, and starred in the Funny or Die series, Coach Von Pidgeon. She is currently a writer for Crooked Media's Lovett or Leave It.
Tehran: One of the hottest comedians on the Hollywood scene, Actor, tv/radio host, and activist, Tehran Von Ghasri, is a Washington DC native. Half Iranian and half African-American, Tehran is known for his multicultural humor, diversity, and unique life perspective, . With degrees in International politics, economics, and law, Tehran often brings his activism and social commentary to life on stage through his comedy. A Laugh Factory favorite, Tehran has been featured on Fox, Bravo, Pivot, Revolt and Comedy Central.