Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

Sakdiyah Ma’ruf

Sakdiyah Ma'ruf is a stand-up comedian from Indonesia whose comic routine advocates for individual rights and challenges Islamic fundamentalism. She grew up watching U.S.-based comedians and decided to use the same medium to talk about issues plaguing her own country. In the face of rising extremism and violence, Ma'ruf is using stand-up comedy as a platform to speak up for free expression and the rights of women. Television producers have asked her to censor her jokes, but she has refused to be silenced. For Maโ€™ruf, comedy mirrors a cultureโ€™s hypocrisy, and she is constantly striving for truth in her acts by speaking up against growing fundamentalism in Indonesia.

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