Facial Recognition Comedy

Virtual interactive stand-up show featuring rising female-identifying comedians of MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African, & South Asian) descent.


  • Live 60-Minute set by Fizaa Dosani, Zahra Ali and Pallavi Gunalan with guests Kiran Deol and Usama Siddiquee
  • Live studio audience selected from ticket buyers
  • Live Q&A from the audience chat
  • Approximately 90-Minute Show

About Facial Recognition Comedy
Facial Recognition Comedy is a stand-up show created to combat tokenism by highlighting diversity within the underrepresented demographic of female-identifying “Brown” comics of MENASA (Middle Eastern, North African, & South Asian) descent. Basically, this show proves that there can be more than one of us because we are NOT the same person. We were named by the New York Times as one of the top 5 shows to see at NY Comedy Festival, and have performed sold-out shows across the country.

About Fizaa Dosani
Fizaa Dosani is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer who was born and raised in Florida before escaping to Los Angeles. She has toured widely and performs on well-known stages around the world. She has also had roles in acclaimed movies and TV shows such as Dear White People (Netflix), How To Get Away With Murder (ABC), and Snowfall (FX).

About Zahra Ali
Zahra Ali is an internationally touring stand-up comedian, writer, and actress. You may have seen her on NBC and Amazon. She was featured as an up-and-coming comedian in The New York Times and The Daily Beast. Often flexing as an insult comedian, Zahra performs and is ranked at the very popular Roast Battle at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood. Come watch her live and maybe you’ll get roasted too!

About Pallavi Gunalan
Pallavi Gunalan is a biomedical engineer, stand-up comedian, improviser, and actor. She’s performed all over the US and India and was most recently on Laugh Factory’s Fresh Faces. Pallavi co-produces the Facial Recognition Comedy stand-up show and podcast, and has been featured in Splitsider, The New York Times, Buzzfeed, and the Portland Mercury. Using her science and engineering expertise, Pallavi created and stars in her own comedy/science web series, Dirty Science.

About Kiran Deol
Kiran is an actor who starred on the NBC/Hulu comedy Sunnyside from Mike Schur and Kal Penn, in addition to other shows like How to Get Away with Murder and Modern Family. She’s a co-host on Crooked Media’s Hysteria podcast and was a touring stand-up comedian before the pandemic. As a writer/director, Kiran has made films for HBO and Sundance, been nominated for an Emmy, and shortlisted for an Academy Award. She loves naps and ice cream.

About Usama Siddiquee
Usama Siddiquee is a stand-up comedian and actor based in New York, as well as a quarter finalist from Season 15 of America’s Got Talent. He’s also appeared on BET, Showtime’s Desus & Mero, and at the Just For Laughs festival. Usama hosts a podcast called Mango Bae and performs comedy all over the world!

Live Studio Audience
This show will have a live studio audience so you will hear real laughter and reactions from a group of people selected from ticket buyers. Live laughter is what comedy is all about. It’s a special part of the RushTix experience.

All ticket holders can watch the show for 48 hours after the livestream broadcast.

18+ Event: Parental guidance is advised for ages 13 to 17. Not recommended for ages 12 and under.

Photo Credits:
Fizaa Dosani photo by Dana Patrick
Zahra Ali photo by Andrew Max Levy