Zarna Garg is one of a kind. She’s an Indian immigrant, mom, and lawyer turned award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian who proudly represents brown women everywhere.
While everyone was baking banana bread during the global pandemic, Zarna was doing what she does best – COMEDY. She joined TikTok and garnered 60+ million views within her first year on the platform. She kept audiences laughing with online comedy shows (profiled in the New York Times), IGTV appearances, interviews with the cast of Netflix’s summer smash “Indian Matchmaking” (covered by Screen Rant), and even outdoor impromptu sets at major landmarks across New York City including Central Park and the MET, and when security chased her away, she continued her set on the New York City subway.
In 2021, she reprised her headlining act at Caroline’s on Broadway to a sold out audience. She is a featured comic and winner on Kevin Hart’s Lyft Comic Competition which premiered on Peacock in June, right after she won Best Newcomer at Ladies of Laughter and was named one of the most inspiring New York City small businesses during the pandemic of the #TY100 I Love NYC’s SMB’s 100 Small Business owners. Zarna was the featured performer for the Outstanding Mother Awards in support of the Save the Children foundation with attendees including Halle Berry, Kate Hudson, Kris Jenner and more.
Her debut romantic comedy screenplay “Rearranged” won the Best Comedy Screenplay Award at the 2019 Austin Film Festival (placing #1 out of nearly 12,000 scripts), and was also a 2019 Academy Nicholl Fellowships Semi-Finalist. The script is currently in development with Marginal Mediaworks.
Zarna connects on relatable topics like marriage, kids, and mother-in-laws, while bringing a refreshing, and often overlooked, perspective —she’s observational with a bindi.
With few comedic influences leading the way, Zarna comes from a culture that discourages the idea of a woman’s independent voice, let alone one that makes jokes. Seizing the opportunity, Zarna has stepped center stage determined to show the women around the world that look like her that they can laugh too.