Sarah is a journalist, storyteller and a stand-up comedian
Sarah is a human being fueled by empathy, curiosity, and an aversion to the status quo. During the day, she works as a freelance journalist, copywriter and content strategist. At night, Sarah is seen performing stand-up comedy at numerous of clubs and shows all over the city.
There are few things she is most passionate about: storytelling, making people laugh, and speaking truth to power.
(Honorable mentions include Hugh Grant’s performance in Music and Lyrics, karaoke, and proto-punk and 80s punk music.)
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Raised in a Muslim family, Sarah Harvard is a no-holds barred comic tackling the taboo topics often found in religion, race, politics and sexuality. As a Moroccan-Japanese woman, Sarah’s comedic stylings offer a one-of-a-kind perspective on society, while her worldly upbringing allows her material to be universally funny.
The up-and-coming comic performed at clubs all over New York City and Washington, D.C., including the Broadway Comedy Club, the Comic Strip, Gotham Comedy Club, Dangerfield’s, and a showcase at the Comedy Cellar.
She also told a few jokes in Myanmar and Saudi Arabia without being jailed or assassinated — a rare feat in these times.
Ironically, some of Sarah’s influences are old white men (some of them are deceased): Mitch Hedberg, George Carlin, Lenny Bruce, Bill Burr, and Sebastian Maniscalco. Her favorite non-white comics are Gad Elmaleh, Trevor Noah, and Russell Peters.
Before freelancing, Sarah spent a few years working at Mic as a staff reporter covering identities—primarily focusing on religion, gender, and its intersection with national security. In 2018, she worked as a staff writer for GOOD Magazine and Upworthy focusing on solution-oriented journalism within the religion, foreign policy, and the culture beat. In a nutshell, she loves write vigorously-reported and impassioned stories about greed, corruption and conflict, and how they affect ordinary people in this world.
A lot of these stories end up in the Washington Post, the Atlantic, the Intercept, the New Republic, the Guardian, Slate, Splinter, VICE and the Huffington Post. Sometimes they are cited or appear in the Columbia Journalism Review, CNN Reliable Sources, the Daily Beast, CBS Face the Nation, BBC and TIME.
As a writer, Sarah finds great thrill in venturing into the unknown. So far, she’s traveled to Myanmar and Thailand to meet with democracy activists and examine the Rohingya conflict firsthand; Saudi Arabia to meet with housewives, working women, and Muslim pilgrims; Morocco to hear from the Atlas Mountains’ Amazigh population about their fight against systemic oppression and for cultural preservation; and Germany to learn from champions of press freedom.
Occasionally, she enjoys sitting down with rising stars and prominent figures to discuss today’s pressing issues. You may recognize some of them: Sarah Palin, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul, Noam Chomsky, Ziauddin Yousafzai, Reza Aslan, W. Kamau Bell, John Oliver, Donald Glover, Russell Simmons, Vic Mensa and T.I.
More than anything, Sarah is passionate about journalism, the world, and the people in it.
The first time she fell in love with the written word was when she witnessed her grandmother—an illiterate child bride from Morocco—write her name for the first time. She was six-years-old, visiting her amui in a shoddy two-bedroom apartment in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. She watched her write her own name anxiously, carefully, slowly, on the palm of her hand. That moment instilled a belief in her that writing is more than a privileged craft: it’s a form of emancipation.
Since then, Sarah made a promise to myself to use my passion for writing for a purpose: to amplify underrepresented voices, hold those in power accountable, and document the rapidly changing world around her.
A SELECTION OF SARAH’S WORK
The New Republic
• on Emmanuel Macron’s anti-terror law
• on Gaza being inhabitable in five years
• on the secret Muslim Ban
• on Trump’s defense of white supremacists
• on DHS revoking global entry cards to Muslims
• on Muslim travelers suing DHS
• on Senate probe into DHS
• on Senate terrorism hearing failing to address white nationalism
• on failing anti-extremism policies
• on how Obama came up with countries list for Muslim ban
• on Silicon Valley and national security
• on “Allahu Akbar”
The Washington Post
• on Muslim black celebrities
• on Gaza being inhabitable in five years
• on fact-checking conservative figures on immigration
• on refugees in US fleeing to Canada
• on legality of travel ban
• on “extreme-vetting” of refugees
• on Rep. Steve King and immigration
• on Trump’s immigration executive order
• on the confederate flag
• on Charles Kinsey shooting
• on racial prejudice in medicine
• on white saviour complex
• on race and power among women
• on anti-South Asian hate crimes
• on growing Asian voting bloc
• on Muslim ban and gendered violence
• on Peter Thiel’s views on date rape
• on Brock Turner and rape culture
• on 2016 Rio Olympics women’s uniform
• on France’s war on Muslim women
• on burqa ban hypocrisy
• on western liberals and burqa bans
• on Muhammad Ali and white feminists
• on cyberbulliying in movies
• on Kanye 2020
• on celebrity gawking culture
• on Vic Mensa’s “16 shots video”
• on best song in 2016
• on Steve Harvey and Asian men
• on Lindsay Lohan’s alleged conversion to Islam
• on “terrorist beards” and celebrities
• on government surveillance
• on falling for a right-wing hoax
• on “honor killings” and domestic violence
• on Muhammad Ali’s legacy
• on 15th 9/11 anniversary
• on Angela Merkel and Saudi Arabia
• on Bill Clinton’s Islamophobia
on media coverage of white assailants
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Sarah is available for speaking engagements and on-air commentary ranging from media accountability and social media activism to counterterrorism and identity issues among many other topics of discussion.
She has spoken at non-profits, academic symposiums, international conferences, and corporate affairs. If you’d like to schedule a booking, please use the form below.