Tehran Von Ghasri

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Tehran Von Ghasri
BornWashington, D.C., United States
MediumStand-up, film, television
NationalityAmerican, Iranian
EducationGeorge Mason University
Years active2012–present
GenresObservational comedy, satire
Subject(s)Race relations, Iranophobia, Iranian culture, African-American culture
Middle East relations

Tehran Von Ghasri, or simply Tehran Ghasri (Persian: تهران قصری‎, Persian pronunciation: [tehrɑːn ɢæsriː]), professionally known as Tehran or sometimes Tehran SoParvaz, is an American international comedian, actor, host, television and radio personality, entertainer and he is of African-American and Persian descent. Tehran was brought up in Washington D.C. where he started his career. He is a bilingual comedian in Persian and English.[1][2][3][4]

Early life[edit]

Tehran Ghasri was born in Washington D.C. to an Iranian father and African-American mother, who met each other in the college. Tehran's family is multicultural and multi-religious as well. He was named after Tehran, the capital of Iran. As he said, his parents chose the name Tehran as a reminder of his Persian roots and culture.[5]

His religious background is Muslim, Zoroastrian, Christian, and Jewish. Tehran had a bar mitzvah and has participated in numerous religious and culturally affiliated ceremonies. Tehran speaks several languages including Persian, which he also reads and writes, fluently.


In a television show launched by VOA Persian which called "Minutes With Max Amini", he revealed his long-time friendship with Max Amini and said that Amini was his first motivator to be a comedian.[6] followed by a performance by Maz Jobrani at George Washington University which Maz encouraged him to move to Los Angeles and pursue comedy full time. Tehran holds degrees in international politics, economics from George Mason University.[7]

Tehran has hosted his own radio and television shows on Rangarang and Tapesh satellite television, both of them are US-based Persian language television channels. He also performs stand-up comedy in clubs all over the United States, mostly at the Laugh Factory in Los Angeles.[7]



Year Title Role Notes
2015 Maul Dogs Tehran Snipes Supporting role
2016 Jimmy Vestvood: Amerikan Hero D.J. at Wedding Supporting role
2018 Fury of the Fist and the Golden Fleece Count Blackula
2019 American Typecast Nick


Year Title Role Notes
2014 GGN: Snoop Dogg's Double G News Network Kool-Aid Man Episode: "GGN How to Be Kool - Snoop & the Kool-Aid Man"
2015 Get Your Life Sketchy Waterer Guy Episode: "Girl Get Your NYPTSD"
2018 Pennies for Your Thoughts Charlie
2018-2019 The Real Witches of West Hollywood Ray J

Other Work[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 Shahs of Sunset Himself Episode: "Please Bring a Man"
2013 @SummerBreak Himself 2 episodes
2014 A Splash of Nowruz Himself Documentary short
TakePart Live Himself - Daily Contributor 86 episodes
Revolt Live Himself Episode dated 28 October 2014
Speed Date Inn Cool Short film
2015 NOWRUZ: Lost and Found Documentary
2016 SoMe Himself 8 episodes
2017 Nowrooz 1396 Ceremony Himself TV special
2018 Travel Ban Himself Documentary

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "The Tehrangeles series Tehran Von Ghasri". BROWNBOOK. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  2. ^ "Tehran Von Ghasri". LA Review of Books. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  3. ^ "Imperfect Gentleman Says Being Persian Is Hip". npr. March 20, 2013. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  4. ^ "Presenter Spotlight 2015: Comedian Tehran Von Ghasri". mixedremixed. May 1, 2015. Retrieved April 22, 2017.
  5. ^ "About Tehran". I Am Tehran. Retrieved August 10, 2017.
  6. ^ "Minutes with Max Amini: Tehran FARSI Interview" (Video). YouTube (in Persian). January 27, 2016. Retrieved April 20, 2017.
  7. ^ a b "Tehran Ghasri – Actor/Comedian". Pars Times. Retrieved May 28, 2017.

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