Kambiz Hosseini

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Kambiz Hosseini
Kambiz Hosseini - PopTech 2011 - Camden Maine USA 3.jpg
Kambiz Hosseini in 2011
Born (1975-08-01) August 1, 1975 (age 43)
Rasht, Iran
Alma materAzad University
Portland State University
OccupationActor, television and radio host, political satirist
Known forParazit
Five in the Afternoon

Kambiz Hosseini (Persian: کامبیز حسینی‎, born 1 August 1975 in Rasht) is an Iranian political satirist, actor, television host, and radio host. He is the host of Poletik, a satirical news program that airs on Radio Farda, as well as weekly podcast on human rights in Iran, Five in the Afternoon.[1] He created and hosted the successful and critically acclaimed TV show Parazit on Voice of America from 2009-2012.

Early life[edit]

Hosseini grew up in the Iranian cities of Rasht and Mashhad. He studied dramatic literature and acting in Iran and the US. He has written, directed and acted in many stage plays and radio and TV shows in Iran and the US.[2] Hosseini immigrated to the United States in 2000. He eventually settled in Washington D.C. and worked for Radio Free Europe and as an art critic for Voice of America before launching Parazit. [3]



Parazit, which means "Static" in Persian (in reference to the government jamming satellite television in Iran) gained immediate popularity both in Iran and in the Diaspora. The Washington Post dubbed Parazit "The Iranian Daily Show" and referred to him as the "Jon Stewart of Iran." [4]

Hosseini himself made an appearance on Stewart's "The Daily Show" in 2011 and Jon Stewart said that Parazit is "like our show, but with real guts." [5]

Parazit quickly became one of the most popular shows on Voice of America. Among the high-profile guests Hosseini interviewed was former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.[6]

Parazit also has an extensive social media reach, with over 1,000,000 fans on Facebook and its videos posted online have over 1,000,000 hits.[7]

Hosseini has been featured on CNN, FOX News, PBS, NPR, PRI, CBC, and many other media outlets around the world.[citation needed]

Five in the Afternoon[edit]

Hosseini speaking at PopTech 2011

Hosseini's weekly podcast Five in the Afternoon features news and developments on human rights in Iran in the Persian language. The podcast, which is sponsored and produced by the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran, was launched in January 2013 and airs every Friday at 5:00 p.m. Iran time. He received The Reporters Without Borders Award for Five in the Afternoon.[citation needed]

The show features a summary of the week's news, satirical social commentary, and "the last word," in which Hosseini performs a monologue in a conversational style. "Five in the Afternoon" also includes interviews with prominent Iranian figures. Transcripts of the interviews are posted the following week on the Campaign's website. In every interview, Hosseini asks questions raised by his audience on his and the Campaign's Facebook page.

Since Hosseini's first podcast has had over 150,000 downloads on soundcloud.com, where the podcast is posted each week.[8]


Following his groundbreaking and universally popular Parazit, Hosseini recently launched the New York-based satirical news show, Poletik.


Hosseini received The Reporters Without Borders User Award, which honors individuals advocating for freedom of expression. The award specifically recognizes those who stand for freedom of information and expression throughout the world.

I dedicate this award to my audience, who have supported me passionately and constructively from the time I started my career. They are the ones that make this happen and my major source of inspiration and admiration, the people of Iran.

— Kambiz Hosseini, [9]

Hosseni was awarded the Bronze Medal at the 2012 New York Festival's Best Television and Films show in Las Vegas for Parazit, which was honored in the comedy/satire category. He also won Voice of America's "Gold Medal Award" (the agency's highest honor) for Parazit.

In 2015, Hosseini received a Silver Award, for Five in the Afternoon radio program, at New York Festivals: World's Best Radio Programs, as the host and creator of the radio show.


Hosseini testified before the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on Near Eastern and South and Central Affairs on May 11, 2011 where he delivered personal remarks advocating for human rights in Iran.[10]


  1. ^ Karami, Arash (January 27, 2013). "Announcement of the Campaign's new weekly podcast, Five in the Afternoon, by Kambiz Hosseini'". Retrieved June 5, 2011.
  2. ^ Karami, Arash (August 13, 2010). "Meet the Duo behind Iran's 'Daily Show'". PBS. Retrieved September 28, 2011.
  3. ^ "To Iran's Dismay, TV Satire is a Hit". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  4. ^ Bahrampour, Tara (January 22, 2011). "Iranian Daily Show, Meet "The Daily Show"". The Washington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  5. ^ "Parazit: VOA Satire For Iran Gets TV Award". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  6. ^ "Interview With Kambiz Hosseini of Voice of America's Parazit".
  7. ^ "Mocking the Mullahs". The Economist. November 5, 2011. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  8. ^ ""Five in the Afternoon" with Kambiz Hosseini Wins International Award for Best of Online Activism". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  9. ^ "Five in the Afternoon With Kambiz Hosseini Wins Award for Best of Online Activism". Retrieved June 5, 2013.
  10. ^ "U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations". Retrieved June 5, 2013.

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