America Meet World: Jokes, Quotes & Anecdotes


Jokes, quotes, and anecdotes from some of the world’s top global satirists in today’s panel, “America Meet World: How Global Satirists See Us.”

Who They Were:

(And still are.)

  • Anuvab Pal is a world-renowned stand-up comedian, screenwriter and playwright from Mumbai, India. Dubbed “India’s most intelligent stand-up comic” by the New York Times.
  • Saman Arbabi is the creator and executive producer of Iran’s most popular satirical television shows—his show “Parazit” has been called “The Daily Show of Iran.” Arbabi is also an award-winning international journalist.

What They Said:

(A few of my favorites: Some funny. Some serious. Most paraphrased. All taken out of context.)

  • We tend to side with Obama on most things because he’s a black person. -David Kibuuka
  • In the war of pacifists vs. dicks, dicks are always going to win. -Saman Arbabi
  • It’s not smart to take away the privilege of watching something online from millions of technology professionals. -Anuvab Pal
  • If we get attacked by aliens, then we’re all going to have to work together. That’s the only thing that will unite us. -David Kibuuka (on racism and hatred)
  • It shows how weak a government is when they’re afraid of a comedy show. -Saman Arbabi
  • Your policemen look like movie/cartoon policemen. -Anuvab Pal (on the U.S.)
  • I thought the U.S. would have agreed to chill out on the racism for at least 6 months or so after Ferguson. -David Kibuuka
  • I am lucky to be part of both the “Axis of Evil” and the “Great Satan.” -Saman Arbabi (on U.S. and Iran—no clarification as to which is which)
  • We don’t follow American politics as much as you’d like us to. We have real problems. Like ebola. -David Kibuuka

 Get to Know Them: