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Zarna Garg Announces Carolines On Broadway Date and Ladies Of Laughter Award

Zarna Garg Announces Carolines On Broadway Date and Ladies Of Laughter Award

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Zarna is a mom and lawyer turned award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian, highlighting the immigrant and American experience.

Comedian Zarna Garg today announced her return to the nation’s premier comedy club, Carolines on Broadway on June 13 for her show SARI, NOT SORRY.

Zarna is a mom and lawyer turned award-winning screenwriter and stand-up comedian, highlighting the immigrant and American experience with her own signature style. Zarna connects on relatable topics like marriage, kids, and mother-in-laws, while bringing a refreshing, and often overlooked, perspective-observational with a bindi. Zarna has taken TikTok by storm, with her latest comedy videos gaining more than 30 million views and counting! She is one of a handful of female Indian comedians worldwide, and quite possibly the only one who publicly takes on her mother-in-law.

“I am thrilled to be back at Carolines,” says Zarna, “and I promise a special night of India in New York and a brand new set.”

Zarna was also delighted to receive the prestigious 2021 Ladies of Laughter Newcomer Award. “I never dreamed this was possible for me, and I’m so honored to have Ladies of Laughter’s meaningful support.”

Originally posted here on BroadwayWorld.com.

My Top 10 Jokes of 2020

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Let’s admit it. 2020 was a real dumpster fire.

But it doesn’t mean we didn’t have some laughs!

I brought my comedy online this year and my videos were viewed more than 16 MILLION times on TikTok alone. So to help provide some final laughs in this extremely unfunny year, here are my Top 10 Jokes of 2020: 

(Click Here to watch the entire playlist!)

10. Meditation in America

Zarna Rule #1: Do NOT ask me to meditate.

9. I’m An Immigrant

What? Like you’re surprised?

8. My Kids Have Been Complaining

Scott SHOULD do it.

7. My Name Is Zarna

My Indian name is a permanent spelling error brought to you by the people who win every national spelling bee.

6. Questions From My 16-Year Old Daughter

Making my kids squirm is my favorite thing to do.

5. Want Some Water?

Everything looks so much more fun here…like people frolicking in hot tubs

4. Indian Babies

We’ve seen babies…millions of them!

3. Following My 13-Year Old Son

Brown kids complain that their moms intrude on their private lives. As if I’m not supposed to read their personal texts, emails, and chats…

2. I’ve Never Said “I Love You” To My Husband 

It’s only been 21 years…what’s the rush?

1. How I Show Love For My Husband

I love you, my fine friends ❤️. Cheers to a better 2021 for us all.

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5 Funny Things Indian Parents In America Can Relate To

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If there’s anything that’s universal in this world, it’s parenting.

No matter your culture, background, or family dynamic, parenting woes transcend.

As a standup comedian, I try to get all of my parenting guidance exclusively from other comics (seems right), so I put together 5 of my favorite comedy videos about relatable parenting moments. 

1. Maz Jobrani’s Funny Take On Parenting Goals

Maz gets it right when he points out that our only goal as parents is to make our kids exhausted. But no matter what we do, they never want to sleep!

 

2. My Take On The Scariest Bully of Them All: An Indian Aunty

I wish I had bullies when I was a kid…instead, I had scary Indian aunties. Much worse. (BTW, if you want to see my full comedy set, scroll to the bottom of this post!)

3. Russell Peters Sometimes Wishes He Had Encouraging White Parents

Russell Peters nails it when he talks about the different choices Indian parents and white parents make.

4. Sindhu Vee’s Indian Parenting Dilemma: My Child Has Joined A Gang

Fellow brown comedian aunty Sindhu Vee has some amazing anecdotes about her troubles with disciplining her kids.

5. Cristela Alonzo Knows What It’s Like To Have Outspoken Immigrant Parents

Cristela Alonzo grew up with an immigrant mom and she was brutally honest…as only an immigrant mom can be.

 

By the way, if you want to see my full comedy set, it’s now playing on my YouTube channel.

 

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Hair Love

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I was a motherless, homeless teen.

During the darkest period of my life, when I needed someone to take me in, I was often turned away because people were scared that my coarse, thick hair had lice in it.

To help alleviate the doubt, I kept my hair short, really short for years. Living as a guest in people’s homes, I learned to keep it as stress-free as possible for my hosts.

When Matthew Cherry’s movie, ‘Hair Love’ released last year, I was so deeply touched. I cried. I laughed. I sighed.

Hair plays such a big role in all our lives and to watch the dad in the movie be suspicious of it, fear it and then conquer it warmed my heart–although I didn’t have that happy ending, my heart wishes it for every child in difficult circumstances.

The Indian community has a lot in common with the black community–hair complications just being one of them. If you haven’t seen the movie yet, you can watch it below…

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Blog post: Online Learning

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Once my interest was piqued, I went deep into the online world to look at who was writing movies, how they got started, where else could I learn screenwriting.

I’m a mom of three. There are so many restrictions on my time and energy that I am forced to look for efficient options. Also, I’ve just finished paying off my student loans from years of college and law school – the last thing I was willing to do was take on more education expenses.

But the world is different now. There are so many resources available online for a very low price. One of the first things I found and fell in love with was the MasterClass series. For $99 I could access all their lectures for a year! That worked for me because I am particularly slow and need to watch and re-watch something over and over again if I’m trying to learn from it.

Also, www.writeyourscreenplay.com offered the classes I loved online. Once I started looking, the options seemed endless.

I tore through all the movie and comedy related searches. There was something fun and interesting about each option and my excitement grew. Famous screenwriters, storytellers talked about doing what they did for their love for movies. Huh. That’s a thing?

I couldn’t believe that you could become a screenwriter just because you love doing it, there is no license required, no advanced degree, no technical qualification? So odd. Coming from a world of only knowing a few jobs, law, medicine, accounting, I figured that to do any job you need to check a million boxes – tests, scores, essays, letters of recommendations and more, here I was looking at a job that was available for someone who just wanted to do it because they liked to do it. That’s a thing?

I was so elated and felt so empowered. I decided I could do this and I was going to use every means available to maximum capacity.

Blog post: And someone telling you to get started is not going to get you started

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I was a confused mess, nervous and anxious when I knew I wanted to write my story as a movie screenplay, but had ZERO idea how to go about it. What even is step one to writing a movie?

Google brought me to the website www.writeyourownscreenplay.com.

Can it be any easier than this? I fiddled around for a few minutes and saw that they had classes in the evening in NYC, and called them to see if I could just stop by to see what they do. They invited me to sit in on one free class.

Of course right before leaving for class, I almost bailed – it was raining, it looked like a horrendous commute, down and across Manhattan and a few blocks of walking too. A headache promptly arrived and I felt ‘faint’.

But this time, I was determined not to succumb to these faux issues. I did make it easy for myself and splurged on a Via ride to reduce the commuting stress. I promised myself a slice of pizza after (was going to eat it anyway – would’ve probably been because I was sad that I bailed on myself yet again) – as a reward.

It’s nuts. I’m 45 years old. But the tricks that worked on my two year olds once upon a time, work on me that day too.

I made my way to the class and walked in with so much trepidation, only to be greeted by the most friendly hellos and a warm group of young ‘uns who said, “Come on in!”

I sat in on my first class in the back seat, hiding in the dark, just wanting to watch and I was RIVETED. The teacher, Jack Kreuger, cracked open the screenplay of the movie American Beauty and opened the class with ‘why this title,’ and a vibrant discussion ensued.

I was so shocked. I had no idea that people sat and discussed all this in the way that I had been discussing with myself in my head. I was hooked. And people were serious in their analysis – the questions were deep and comprehensive.

I got home from that lesson and went crazy searching how to learn more about screenwriting. People do this? How slow am I? I’ve been watching movies most of my life, of course someone is writing them! How did I not know that this is a real job? I felt so stupid, so utterly dumb at not having known that this is what screenwriting must entail.

But this time, my feeling ‘less than’ was not going to stop me. I decided to say to myself what I say to my kids all the time – ‘one foot before the other’ and ‘one step at a time’.

If I don’t tell my own story, no one else will.

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    Hi, welcome to Zarna’s journey.

    I’m creating this blog, primarily to share the behind the scenes of the screenwriting business, stand-up comedy business and the speaking business.

    I hope to encourage you all to take a chance at whatever it is you’ve been wanting to do and get involved in your own special way.

    The first thing that held me back before I could start any business was my insecurity around my ability to write in a coherent, intelligent way – the grammar, punctuation, will I make sense? I will probably sound stupid.

    I never learned the rules of grammar as a child. It’s a fact. I don’t understand any of the things people talk about in America, –prepositions, suppositions, even noun, verb is all vague. I have to look it up constantly.

    And I’ve learned that this insecurity is not limited to foreign language speakers like me, but rather, I have native English speakers express their fears to me all the time.

    That fear is real and is holding so many people back and I just want to say – JUMP IN NOW! The idea and thought that you want to communicate is so much more valuable than the perfect prose needed to communicate it. Don’t let a period, comma or hypotenuse stop you! We live in the age of a 140 characters and odd abbreviations, be empowered by those options and get started. Also there are only a million editing apps, get your ideas going, however rickety the start may be and use technology to balance out your weaknesses.

    You may create something that will be judged harshly, that will embarrass you, that will even possibly get you canceled in this culture – but by not creating anything, you’re canceling yourself – why would you ever do that?

    Your ideas and your stories are valuable – if you don’t tell them, no one else will. (My editor fixed the punctuation on this blog post – the first draft that I wrote looks like a murder scene with red ink splattered all over it.)

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