Ask An Iranian - Why do Iranians black-face? (feat. Tehran Von Ghasri) - Photo of Shahs of Sunset courtesy of Bravo TV

Colour plays an important role in the social hierarchy, and it’s important that everyone knows their place. Such social constructs play an important part in elevating the important people above the lower-level nobodies. Using this construct we wanted to elevate ourselves, which is why we wanted to have a certain guest on the show. This guest, among other many great things, is universally known for his colour. Tehran Von Ghasri is a “blue-tick” American-based comedian and was kind enough to give us lower-level, non-“blue-tick” Twitter people, an education as well as a little elevation. During our humourous discussion, Tehran talks about his tribulations with social constructs, the Iranian community and their social hierarchies, as well as contemporary shifts in comedy. So, be sure to listen to this episode — we hope you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.

Questions we also get answers to during this episode

  • Why does Tehran Von Ghasri wear a bathrobe?
  • Which Persians are better than other Persians?
  • Who are the up-and-coming Iranian comedians, according to Tehran?
  • How does Tehran Von Ghasri identify and what are his pronouns?
  • What advice does Tehran have for those wanting to date a Persian girl?
  • Is the Iranian tradition of dressing up as Huji Firooz, racist?
  • Are wokeism and cancel-culture changing comedy?
  • Why do Iranians blackface?

List of top Iranian/Persian comedians

Since you’re here, you might be interested in learning about other Iranian/Persian comedians. So, please find a helpful list of contemporary comedians of Iranian descent, below.

Top Iranian content-creators according to Tehran Von Ghasri

During our discussion with Tehran, he mentioned the up and coming Persian/Iranian content creators on Instagram. You can find links to those that were mentioned, below.

  • Persian AF – original Persian comedy content, via Instagram
  • Farzy Loko – Persian/Iranian comedy content, via Instagram
  • Tara Grammy – Persian/Iranian comedy content, via Instagram
  • Nazanin Noor – Persian/Iranian comedy content, via Instagram

We also featured another comedian of Iranian descent on a previous episode. Neema Naz is a Canadian-based comedian who joined us to discuss whether Iranians are funny. Listen to our discussion with Neema Naz, here.

Follow comedian, Tehran Von Ghasri online

Tehran is very active on social media, so it won’t be hard to find him. In most cases you can simply search for “I am Tehran”, and “yeyhoyee”, he’ll pop up. One place that he’s very active is Twitter, so be sure to follow “blue-tick” Tehran Von Ghasri on Twitter, here. For those of you who get your social media fix via Instagram, you can find Tehran, here.

Translations of Persian (Farsi) used during this episode

PersianEnglish translation
Masha’allah:“What God has willed” – a term used by Muslims
Che pesari:“What a boy” – an exclamation of congratulations
Barikalaah“Well done”
Vaghean keh:“Exactly that” – kind like saying, “Right! Exactly!”
Ellahi:“My god”
Gorboneat beram:“I’ll sacrifice myself for you”- a term use by an Iranian OG
Bemiram Baraat“I will die for you”
Elaahi“My God”
“a” appearing alone, will be pronounced as a short-a — double ‘aa’s are long, as used in the word “water”

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