Iranian and Gay: Interview with Comedian Mehran Khaghani

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

In some cultures being “openly gay” can be difficult to navigate. Yet, gay Persian comedian, Mehran Khaghani, sets the stage for the rest by joyful example(s): Living and thinking fabulously.

Mehran Khaghani–whose only time spent in the “komode” (closet), is to choose an outfit for one of his many gigs–is a former PM for the office of the President of Provost at Harvard, but more importantly: He’s an incredibly funny and proud Iranian-American!

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Iranian-American Woman of the Year: Shabnam Rezaei

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

Washington, DC–The 1979 revolution resulted in a clear and massive brain drain for Iran and created an estimated annual financial loss comparative to the  yearly cost of the Iran-Iraq War: Causing Iran to miss out on the power of its people’s collective intelligence.

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Iranian-American Man of the Year: Borzou Daragahi

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Washington, DC–Marking the 30-year anniversary of the Islamic Republic’s existence and reign in Iran, the year 2009 went by…well, fast. The summer of 2009, not so much.

The Iranian election–which took the world by shock with its results and brutal force used on Iranian citizens by government-led orders–began in June and lasted throughout the summer: Most of which, we spent watching videos of our fellow Iranians in distress and under severe  and inhumane conditions.

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King Cambyses’s Persian Army: Lost and Found?

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A recent discovery in the Sahara desert by Italian archaeologists (and twin brothers)  Angelo and Alfredo Castiglioni, might prove to be the remains of the indomitable Persian army, lead by the Persian King Cambyses II, the son of Cyrus the Great, while attempting to cross the desert some 2,500 years ago.

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Bad Boy of Iranian-American Comedy: Interview with K-von

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The often-monikered “Bad boy” of Persian comedians, K-von whose name means: “Saturn”, in Persian, is by far one of the smartest and funniest Iranian comedians coming out of the West Coast.

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Project Runway: Interview with Shirin Askari

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Any fashion-conscious eye who has had a chance to see sharply fashion-savvy Iranian women in all their haute couture galore around the world (especially in Tehran), knows that Iranians are by far of the most fashionable sect on the planet.

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Iranian American Comedienne: Interview with Nadine Rajabi

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WASHINGTON, DC — “We’re kind of like UGG boots: brown, fury, and sweaty… and nobody can figure out why we’re so damn trendy,” quips the skiing/snowboarding Iranian-American comedienne and regular E!

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Persian Mythology: The Shahnameh Project – Interview with Cameron Douraghy

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The Shahnameh (Book of Kings), was written by Persian literary-master: Ferdosi (also spelled Ferdowsi). The Persian literary masterpiece, amassed over several decades in the tenth and eleventh centuries, is a collection of some 60,000 couplets full of Persian Miniatures created to illustrate scenes from the Persian epic, and has now reemerged in the form of HYPERWERKS‘ highly-entertaining comic book  series: Rostam – Tales from the Shahnameh.

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Cosmic Wars: Exclusive Interview with Iranian Scholar – Dr. Reza Aslan

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WASHINGTON, DC – From the release of Iranian-American journalist Roxana Saberi (who is incidentally half-Japanese) to the elections in Iran, Iranians continue to be quite the headline-nabbing theme du jour. And we’ve got another one for you to add to the list of Iranian notables: Dr.

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Comedy Relief – Persian Style: Interview with Maz Jobrani

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WASHINGTON, DC — The first time we had the pleasure of meeting the Parviz Sayyad of our generation (after-all, he did drop-out of a PhD. program in Political Science from Berkeley), our absolute favorite and wildly-brilliant actor/comedian: Maz Jobrani, it was in 2003 after he had finished his press tour for the movie ‘Maryam‘ (directed by Ramin Serry and co-starring David Ackert) and was making his first appearance at the DC Improv.

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Comedy Relief – Persian Style: Interview with Maz Jobrani

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

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WASHINGTON, DC — The first time we had the pleasure of meeting the Parviz Sayyad of our generation (after-all, he did drop-out of a PhD. program in Political Science from Berkeley), our absolute favorite and wildly-brilliant actor/comedian: Maz Jobrani, it was in 2003 after he had finished his press tour for the movie ‘Maryam‘ (directed by Ramin Serry and co-starring David Ackert) and was making his first appearance at the DC Improv.

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Images from Iran: Interview with American Artist Tom Loughlin

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

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WASHINGTON, DC – As a hardcore Iranian (whatever that means) and connoisseur of all art forms, we tend to think that some Americans don’t necessarily love “eye-ran” because, well, we live in the US and read the “news” here too — and have been aware of all the negative point-of-views and dehumanizing media descriptions of our people and country – but as we knowingly spew the wrong in an attempt to defend Iran, we’re quickly righted by yet another amazing artist that manages to bridge the pseudo-facts that decorate the newspapers (and our dinner-party conversations) with the beauty of human life… as it is in Iran, and has brought us back to: love.

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Images from Iran: Interview with American Artist Tom Loughlin

Sanaz Khalaj-Santos

WASHINGTON, DC – As a hardcore Iranian (whatever that means) and connoisseur of all art forms, we tend to think that some Americans don’t necessarily love “eye-ran” because, well, we live in the US and read the “news” here too — and have been aware of all the negative point-of-views and dehumanizing media descriptions of our people and country — but as we knowingly spew the wrong in an attempt to defend Iran, we’re quickly righted by yet another amazing artist that manages to bridge the pseudo-facts that decorate the newspapers (and our dinner-party conversations) with the beauty of human life… as it is in Iran, and has brought us back to: love.

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ARUSI: PERSIAN WEDDING – Interview with Director Marjan Tehrani

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WASHINGTON, DC – As Iran’s colorless headline-led image blisters on, Iranian-Americans prove to be (more now than ever before) feeling the responsibility of correcting what is conceivably an unjust and stained perception of themselves.

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