My guest today is the whip smart powerhouse that is stand up comedian, writer and actor Zainab Johnson. You may remember her from NBC’s last comic standing, or in the TV shows 100 Humans and Upload. You might have even been lucky enough to see her before at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival or on late night with Seth Meyers. She grew up in a Muslim family of 13 in Harlem New York city and growing up Eddie Murphy’s Coming to America was her favourite thing to watch. But as in all things does it stand up to a rewatch? And can you still love something if you find some of the messages full of misogyny or racism? I really really loved this conversation. I hope you do too.

You can find more from Zainab on Instagram @zainabjohnson or on her podcast Honestea with Z

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A big thank you to this wonderful team:

Editing – RAWCollings

Theme Music – Avocado Junkie

Graphic Design – Emma Hackett

Photography – Anna Robinson

Styling – Hilary Holmes