"Iranian feminist Muslim woman in a relationship with a SYS- gender and Hetero Barista turned medical student. Why do white boyfriend man? And I've never really fit fit in in any one community or place or box and I'm always finding community in my lived experiences and showcasing. My lived experiences is in my shows and performances and jokes the pop culture collaborative was a great opportunity for me to really look at my life in comedy and how I came came to formulate material the way that I have and you know like why I have my identity up at the top where our notions of humor come from. And what is the the weight of education that we put on people of Color Pupil who we perceive. It's different than ourselves on stage to educate us that slows down our jokes. We have to do all this work to establish a new context for people. That's different than the one there pummeled with in popular media And and it takes time and what a lot of people do is rely on stereotypes. And I think those distillation 's you you know the the oversimplifying narratives that stereotypes are Is One way that I create differences complicating the narrative as much as I I can but that's really tricky because once you start to identify and kind of poke fun at the stereotype you can actually solidify it. I mean I think no matter what what I found is when it comes to confirmation bias people are gonNA walk away believing whatever they want but amazingly I found that it's quantity over quality and the best example of this is Fox News. It's not about how good the argument is is about. How often you hear it? I think the best thing we can do right now is flood the world with gorgeous stories complicated stories messy stories that defy expectation and all the tidy ways we want to create good guys bad guys and the more we do it the more often often we can do it. And the less we focus on how perfect it is. I think that's really you know where it's at so given what's going on do you WanNa go out and grab a microphone or or you WanNa go hide somewhere. All I'm grabbing. A couple of microphones. I'm headed up to San Francisco for sketch fast. You can catch me there this weekend. I'm giving a tedtalk on comedy. Nobody in cinema and I'll also be performing at Ashburton Berkeley. It's what I do. I got to get up on stage in. Share it Zardo Rush. Thanks for coming in. Thank you for having me Zoro. Noorbasha is also the CO host of a podcast called good Muslim bad Muslim. Coolum coming up on the frame actor Ya Ya Abdul Mateen. The second had a case of the Blues as Dr Manhattan on. HBO's Watchmen Welcome back to the frame. I'm John Horn Yahya. Ah Abdul Mateen. The second ended twenty nineteen with a huge role. In one of the year's most talked about shows he was Dr Manhattan in. HBO's watchmen this year. He'll start in two high profile movies. Candyman which is written and produced by Jordan Peele Aaron Sorkin the trial of the Chicago seven in the latter. He'll play Bobby Seale the 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 school at UC Berkeley yes. Today's show is all about my calbears. It was at Berkeley where Abdul Mateen considered acting as more of an outlet then then a possible career acting was was really a rejection of architecture and and my architecture experience experience at Berkeley it was a very good experience but I found acting when I needed something different. I WanNa ask you about watchmen. One of the things. That's challenging. I would assume about out this part and this is no longer secret is that you're playing a character who has abilities beyond understanding He is transcendent experience. Experienced time is unique and for you particularly infuriating that said I am simultaneously in this bar. Having a conversation with you and on Europa creating life is one life. I do it with the wave of my ahead. When you're thinking about what you're going to embody about Dr Manhattan and about how he is this godly character but he's it also filled with knowledge and kindness? How do you start to figure out how to embody that Mann's excellent excellent question My impulse was to go to neutral but neutral was boring. Neutral was very very boring And then also I knew do that that the challenge was if if I'm to God like then I am not relatable and if I'm too much like a human than I'm not Su- I'm not add special. He's not a God So I really had to slow down my process into into say well you're quote unquote God. Who wants to be a human woman? and what eventually happened was I can only find that in my scene partner. This is Regina Kings. Yeah I love you. Leeches richest man was already before you even saw me. I don't experience the concept concept of before so there is no moment a moment when you realize I'm in love and I was very happy when I saw it I said Oh. Wow okay. There's a really good balance watchmen. It's so much about justice and the way that we'd look at people and particularly the way we look at people like skin skin and you're doing another project that trial the Chicago Seven Monte seal is his tried and treated as if he's not a member of the real world man he is put in prison for contempt of court so even if Aaron Earns Harkins movie is about the trial. I suspect. That's not what it's really about. It's about freedom of speech freedom of speech. It's about being active and seeing seeing something and putting yourself on the line it's about not being passive. Unfortunately I believe the film will resonate in two thousand and twenty. You know when I think right now Definitely Americans even in the world then we have so many comforts that keep us from really speaking out to a against a lot of the injustices in the World Auden and it's definitely The movies definitely saying. Hey wouldn't you if you see something wrong then we gotta get out. Sometimes you gotta take to the streets you gotta put yourself put your comforts on online. We're talking with Yahya Abdul Mateen. Second I'M GONNA ask you out some other projects. Okay so I remember a couple years ago talking with Keith. Stanfield about get Out and he told me being on the set of that film was Super Creepy. That's creepy as it was to watch the film. It was just as creepy to be on. So is the same thing being true for an actor in candy man I I wouldn't I wouldn't say creeping. I wouldn't say academic I could definitely see that being the case and get out. I could definitely see get out being a creepy atmosphere CANDYMAN was was can't even was sneaky. And it catches you it catches you off guard. You know you say Oh oh this is this is not just about the jump."