Mehran Khaghani

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Mehran Khaghani
Born5/25[citation needed]
London, UK
Other namesMehran, MehMeh
OccupationStand-up comedian
Known forCharming presentation of the obscene and absurd

Mehran Khaghani is a standup comedian,[1] comedic director, and comedy event producer based in the Boston Metro area, of Iranian descent. In 2010, a reader survey in the Boston Phoenix named him Boston's best comedian of the year.[2]

Born in London to Iranian parents, Mehran grew up in the United Kingdom, Iran, Turkey and the suburbs of Boston.[3] In 1993, at the age of 17, he cofounded Lexington High School's first GLBT organization, called Bi-GLASS, with two fellow students, Fred Simon, now a New York-based visual artist, and musician Amanda Palmer, longtime frontwoman of The Dresden Dolls and now a solo artist.[4]

After years in the hospitality industry and a four-year stint holding various administrative positions at Harvard University (including a year as Project Manager to the Office of the President and Provost under former President, Larry Summers[5]) Mehran began pursuing a career in standup comedy in 2007. He has toured with Maz Jobrani's Brown and Friendly Tour[1] and in his first year competing, ranked in the top 8 in the Boston International Comedy Festival.[6]

As of 2010, Khaghani hosts a monthly standup comedy show at Mottley's Comedy Club in Faneuil Hall, Boston called "The Mehran Show,"[7] building each showcase around a different theme. He recently headlined and hosted a sold-out show in San Francisco called "No Gays In Iran"[8] and was voted Boston's best comedian for 2010 by the readers of the Boston Phoenix.[2] In August 2010, he produced the cabaret comedy show "Criscotheque" at the American Repertory Theater's Club Oberon.[9]

In October 2011, Mehran suffered a bucket tear of the lateral meniscus requiring reparative surgery. He has made a full recovery and continues to perform at clubs and colleges and theaters all over the country.


  1. ^ a b Zaino III, Nick A. (2009-06-12). "He's Iranian, he's gay - and he's funny - The Boston Globe". Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  2. ^ a b "Mehran Khaghani > Best Arts + Entertainment - Boston Best Readers Poll 2010". Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  3. ^ "Iranian and Gay: Interview with Comedian Mehran Khaghani". Persianesque Magazine. 2010-01-21. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  4. ^ Rainbow smiles on Youth Pride, Ethan Jacobs, Bay Windows, 5/17/2007, New England.
  5. ^ Levy, Marc (2010-07-26). "Hard to explain, impossible to miss: Rave meets comedy at Crisco Theque | Cambridge Day". Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  6. ^ "the comic's comic: Dave McDonough wins 2009 Boston Comedy Festival contest". 2009-09-06. Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  7. ^ "The Mehran Show at Mottley's Comedy Club - Comedy -". Retrieved 2010-08-11.
  8. ^ "There Are No Gays In Iran".
  9. ^ The Boston Globe Missing or empty |title= (help)

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