17 episodes

A funny show about spectacular people who had a serious impact on society and culture because they were FIRST! In each episode, our host Kareem Rahma is joined by a different comedian to share the life story of a groundbreaking person who broke down a racial barrier. Hilarity ensues as our comedic guests interrupt Kareem, derailing his story with lively banter, witty jokes, and amusing personal anecdotes. From SALT and SomeFriends in partnership with Lemonada Media.

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FIRST! with Kareem Rahma Lemonada

    • Comedy
    • 4.9 • 38 Ratings

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A funny show about spectacular people who had a serious impact on society and culture because they were FIRST! In each episode, our host Kareem Rahma is joined by a different comedian to share the life story of a groundbreaking person who broke down a racial barrier. Hilarity ensues as our comedic guests interrupt Kareem, derailing his story with lively banter, witty jokes, and amusing personal anecdotes. From SALT and SomeFriends in partnership with Lemonada Media.

Sales and Distribution by Lemonada Media https://lemonadamedia.com/

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    If You Work For Big Dairy Please Don’t Listen To This (The Maria Tallchief Episode with Alyssa Limperis)

    If You Work For Big Dairy Please Don’t Listen To This (The Maria Tallchief Episode with Alyssa Limperis)

    On this episode, we are joined by the hilarious, the athletic, the Greek by blood but not by accent, stand-up comedian and actress Alyssa Limperis! And today, I’m going to tell her the story of one of the most legendary people in the arts: Maria Tallchief – a Native American woman who became America’s FIRST! prima ballerina.Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Ramy Youssef as we talk about Omar Sharif – the FIRST! Arab Actor to be nominated for an Academy Award.
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    • 44 min
    In Mustache We Trust (The Omar Sharif Episode with Ramy Youssef)

    In Mustache We Trust (The Omar Sharif Episode with Ramy Youssef)

    On this episode, we are joined by the comedian, writer, actor, Golden Globe winner and unbelievably handsome Ramy Youssef! And today, I’m going to tell him the story of one of the most legendary people in Hollywood: Omar Sharif – the FIRST! Arab actor to be nominated for an Academy Award. Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Sydnee Washington as we talk about Connie Chung: the FIRST! Asian American and second woman ever to be named to the coveted post of nightly news anchor at a major network.
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    • 42 min
    Your Dad Had A Crush On Her And After This Episode I Do Too (The Connie Chung Episode with Sydnee Washington)

    Your Dad Had A Crush On Her And After This Episode I Do Too (The Connie Chung Episode with Sydnee Washington)

    On this episode, we are joined by the stylin’, stuntin’ and and stunnin’ comedian, actress, writer and Emmy-Nominated entertainer Sydnee Washington! And today, I’m going to tell her the story of one of the most legendary people in News: Connie Chung – the FIRST! Asian American and second woman ever to be named to the coveted post of nightly news anchor at a major network.

    Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Nimesh Patel as we talk about Zaha Hadid: the FIRST! Arab and FIRST! woman to break through the upper echelon of architecture. 
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    • 37 min
    Do Not Buy A House From Patel & Rahma! Or Else… (The Zaha Hadid Episode with Nimesh Patel)

    Do Not Buy A House From Patel & Rahma! Or Else… (The Zaha Hadid Episode with Nimesh Patel)

    On this episode, we are joined by the surprisingly smart (jk) but unsurprisingly silly stand-up comedian and Indian hillbilly (jk?) comedian Nimesh Patel! And today, I’m going to tell him the story of one of the most legendary people in Architecture: Zaha Hadid - the FIRST! Arab and FIRST! woman to win the famed Pritzker Architecture Prize which is the top award in architecture and you guessed it, the FIRST! Arab and FIRST! woman to design a major art museum in the United States.

    Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Marie Faustin and Daddy as we talk about Wendell Scott: the FIRST! Black NASCAR driver.
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    • 39 min
    Ummmm…How Do You Go From Selling Moonshine To Racing NASCAR? (The Wendell Scott Episode with Marie Faustin and Daddy)

    Ummmm…How Do You Go From Selling Moonshine To Racing NASCAR? (The Wendell Scott Episode with Marie Faustin and Daddy)

    On this episode, we are joined by two incredibly beautiful, incredibly stylish, incredibly funny comedians: Marie Faustin and Daddy! And today, I’m going to tell them about one of the most legendary people in Sports: Wendell Scott – the FIRST! Black driver to compete in NASCAR and the FIRST! Black driver to win a race in the Grand National Series, NASCAR's highest level.

    Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Jade Catta-Preta as we talk about Pura Belpre: the FIRST! Latina librarian at the New York Public Library. 
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    • 39 min
    Puppets, Puppets, Everywhere!! (The Pura Belpré Episode with Jade Catta-Preta)

    Puppets, Puppets, Everywhere!! (The Pura Belpré Episode with Jade Catta-Preta)

    On this episode, we are joined by the hilarious standup comedian, TV writer, and actress Jade Catta-Preta! And today, I’m going to tell her the story of one of New York City’s most overlooked legends: Pura Belpré – the FIRST! Latina librarian at the New York Public Library, and possibly the first Puerto Rican librarian in the United States. And ALSO the FIRST! Puerto Rican to author a book published in English, and the FIRST! author to publish a children’s book in Spanish with a mainstream U.S. publisher.

    Next time on FIRST! – make sure to catch me and Martin Urbano as we talk about Desi Arnaz and how he became the FIRST! Hispanic man to play a lead role in a network television sitcom. 
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    • 40 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
38 Ratings

38 Ratings

Busy mommy keep it simple ,

Need more First! In my life

I binge listened to the first season. This is a great show if you want to learn about stuff but with a twist. There’s great comedic commentary and I’m looking forward to more episodes!!!

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A delight

Smart, funny, soulful, informative. Great stuff, well produced. The guests are fun and keep each episode feeling fresh. Kareem does a good job keeping things moving.

#1 hater #2 lover ,

LOVE KAREEM!

Kareem is such a great host! These episodes are fascinating and make me laugh out loud. Loved the episode on Omar Sharif with Ramy. Great work!! Keep it up!

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