This Alien Nation

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, May 8th, uncensored on our stage, we bring you:

Mike Cho (comedian)
Laura Gómez (actor, writer, director and star of Orange is the New Black)
Noël Duan (writer, entrepreneur, and founder of Argos & Artemis
Samhita Mukhopadhyay (executive editor of Teen Vogue)

…with Haitan Roots music by Öneza Lafontant

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.

Doors: 6pm

Show: 7pm

Advance ticket price: $20

Door price: $25


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 Team


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,, and, 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