International Comedy Night (in the Afternoon) with Noam Shuster

October 6, 2020 

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To kick off Harvard’s Worldwide Week this year, the Weatherhead Center presents our fourth annual International Comedy Night (in the Afternoon) with stand-up comedian Noam Shuster. Adapting to our online existence, Noam will change up her normal stand-up routine and entertain “questions” from members of the Harvard College Stand Up Comic Society to Harvard-affiliated audiences around the world.

About Noam Shuster

Born in the only community in Israel where Palestinians and Jews live together peacefully, Noam is an Iranian Jew who can joke in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic, and English. Noam has been an activist since she was a young girl, working on peacebuilding programs with Israelis and Palestinians. She was awarded the Davis Peace Prize for developing programs for HIV-positive youth in Kigali, Rwanda. As an activist, she works to engage leaders from all ethnic groups in discussions about the geopolitical vision of Israel and the possibility of nonviolent solutions to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Noam graduated from Brandeis University with a “degree in co-existence.” She spent the 2019–2020 academic year as a fellow at Harvard Divinity School’s Religion, Conflict and Peace Initiative, developing a one-woman act called, “Co-existence My Ass.”

Her account of how she recovered from COVID-19 at the “Hotel Corona” in Jerusalem this past spring attracted wide media attention. In her own words, she uses comedy “to make mess (sic) in the Middle East and confuse everyone.”

About the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society

Founded in 2007, the Harvard College Stand-Up Comic Society (“Harvard College SUCS”) has been entertaining audiences in Sanders Theatre, Queens Head Pub, the Science Center, Fong Auditorium, the Gotham Comedy Club, and one random Rotary Club ever since. During their time with the Society, members have been seen at Improv Boston, the Comedy Studio, the Laugh Factory, and Last Comic Standing, and alumni have gone on to appear on Late Night, America's Got Talent, Last Comic Standing, the Boston Comedy Festival, and many other festivals and showcases. They've also been called a "ragtag band of misfits" by Cosmopolitan Magazine.


Michelle Nicholasen

See also: Conferences, 2020