2021 NEWCOMER WINNER
Zarna Garg is one in a billion (literally)—an Indian immigrant, mom, and lawyer turned New York standup comedian with multiple sold-out comedy shows. With less than one year between her first open mic and her own headlining show SARI, NOT SORRY at the nation’s premier comedy club Carolines on Broadway, Zarna’s breathtaking ascent into standup comedy just goes to show how rare and necessary her voice is. Zarna is one of a handful of brown women comedians in the world, and quite possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law.
Zarna is also a successful screenwriter: her debut 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 has been optioned by Marginal Mediaworks. She has a sitcom in development.
Unwilling to let the pandemic stop her, Zarna has taken TikTok by storm, racking up 30 million views and counting! Zarna also kept audiences laughing at home with her online comedy shows (profiled in the New York Times), interviews with the cast of Netflix’s summer smash “Indian Matchmaking” (recently covered by Screen Rant), and even impromptu sets outside major landmarks across New York City.