Each month at the legendary Joe’s Pub, Sofija Stefanovic welcomes some of her favorite people for a celebration of immigration. Hear anecdotes about language barriers, cultural missteps, rumbles, romance, and more!
On Wednesday, November 13th, uncensored on our stage, we bring you:
Mohammad Ewaz (student and author of Mohammad, My Mother and Me) Suketu Mehta (author of This Land Is Our Land: An Immigrant’s Manifesto) Julio Torres (comedian and star of Los Espookys, HBO special My Favorite Shapes) Tanaïs (nee Tanwi Nandini Islam, author of Bright Lines, founder of Hi Wildflower beauty and scent)
... with musical performances from Roopa Mahadvan and Danijela Popovic
In a multicultural world that harbors some strong anti-immigration feelings, being a newcomer can be uncomfortable, hilarious, and weird. But it also makes for some great stories.
Come for the stories, leave with some feelings – and enjoy drinks, laughs and cries in between.
Special wildcard announcement: We will feature a story from an audience member. If you have an immigration story to tell, bring it along and put your name in the hat to join our guests on stage! (You can read, or tell the story with notes.)
People with immigrant backgrounds (new to America or born here). In our current political climate, we think sharing immigrant stories is important.
Some of our past guests have included comedian Aparna Nancherla (talking about her immigrant mother’s attempts to make Aparna less shy), Call Me by Your Name author André Aciman (talking about being an alien, on the brink of two cultures), domestic worker and activist Christine Lewis (reading a piece about New York’s nannying culture), violinist Kelly Hall-Tompkins (playing pieces from Broadway’s Fiddler on the Roof), Julio Torres of Saturday Night Live (talking about his hilarious experiences at the Salvadoran Consulate), tech icon Anil Dash (listing notable advice of his immigrant parents), and The New Yorker’s art editor Françoise Mouly (reflecting on her first experience at an American airport.)
Our creator and host Sofija Stefanovic is a Serbian-Australian writer and storyteller based in Manhattan. She’s a regular storyteller with The Moth, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, Guardian.com, and Elle.com, among others. Her memoir, MISS EX-YUGOSLAVIA is is a sometimes funny sometimes dark story about being an immigrant kid during the Yugoslavian Wars (order it here). You can follow her @sstefanovic
Our producer Trish Nelson is a performer, producer, and founder of BanterGirl, a production company with an honest mission to establish a diverse and creative empire of women, and shine a light on the many talents that they possess. Outside of This Alien Nation, Trish runs the BanterGirl website and podcast and produces monthly live shows for established comedians in both NYC and Los Angeles.
Our programmer-at-large Michaela McGuire is the Artistic Director of Sydney Writers’ Festival. Prior to taking up this appointment, she was Director and Co-CEO of Melbourne’s Emerging Writers’ Festival. Michaela is the author of Last Bets: A true story of gambling, morality and the law, the Penguin Special A Story of Grief and Apply Within: Stories of career sabotage. She co-founded the bestselling international literary salon Women of Letters. @michaelamcguire