On today's show:
Laugh. Think. Repeat.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is an Iranian-American comedian who regularly incorporates her identity into her act. She was born here, but her family had always planned to return to Iran. But after they visited when Noorbakhsh was 14, they decided to stay in the U.S. Noorbakhsh went on to study theater at Cal, which morphed into a comedy career. She says the current tensions between the U.S. and Iran won't cower her. Instead, she wants to grab the nearest mic.
An Actor To Watch For
Yahya Abdul-Mateen II ended 2019 with a huge role on one of the year’s most talked about shows: Doctor Manhattan on HBO’s "Watchmen." This year, he’ll star in two high profile movies — Jordan Peele’s “Candyman” and Aaron Sorkin’s “The Trial of the Chicago Seven.” In the latter he’ll play Bobby Seale — co-founder of the Black Panther party. That’s a lot of success for a guy who started off the last decade fresh out of architecture school at U.C. Berkeley, where he looked at acting as more of an outlet than a possible career.
Dance To The Music
If you’ve listened to the music of Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, Charles Bradley or the band Antibalas, you probably know about Daptone Records. The Brooklyn-based indie label was co-founded by Gabriel Roth, a musician, producer and engineer who has moved back to Riverside. The Frame contributor Betto Arcos visited his recording studio and has this profile of the man behind The Daptone Sound.