Axis of Evil in Washington DC
May 29, 2002
By Jahanshah Javid
This coming Saturday, June 1, Peyvand
Setareh Sabety and I
will be taking
over Washington DC. Yes... The best and brightest of the Axis of Evil will
be paying G.W. a visit. George Washington University that is.
I was going to write something grand about the importance of the iranian.com show.
But the truth is, of course, there's nothing grand about it. We're just a bunch of
(largely) irresponsible individuals who like to have fun by making fun of a world
that tries very hard to take the fun out of life.
Screw the world. Join us for a little fun.
Peyvand with extra sauce
By Sheila Radmand
Comedian Peyvand Khorsandi, who is traveling from England
to perform at the iranian.com
event, said he was "slightly apprehensive". Not about the show,
but "the sheer amount of cheeseburgers I start consuming as soon as I hit American
soil, " he said at a press conference at London's International Media Center.
This is Khorsandi's second show for the website and said he is a "big fan".
When he did the Berkeley
show in March he said he was worried about how people would react to his
material. "I never thought I could do an impression of George
Bush as a chimp and get away with it, " he said. "I never planned
it, it just happened."
Having followed this website's letters page for a few months, he had expected
the audience to be "made up to no small degree of right-wing nutters".
He was, however, "pleasantly surprised".
audience was phenomenal, " he said. "People handed me their cards
after the show. They were all PhDs, nuclear physics scientists, and car mechanics.
Anyone could think it was a bomb-making seminar." So he is "eager to meet
the Washington 'massive' as we say in London".
"That's the good thing about these gigs, " he said. "It reminds
you that Iranians are so utterly diverse and talented and it's like they can think
what they want outside, we have our own little secret."
Need a baby sitter?
By Setareh Sabety
The Iranian.com comedy night is approaching and I was asked to write a piece urging
all you good readers, who can get to Washington DC on June 1st, to buy your tickets
and show up to support this netzine.
As I was thinking of what would be a good way to approach this open invitation
I remembered that Mr. Reza Pahlavi, who just became this netzine's Iranian
of the year, lives in the DC area. I thought it appropriate to use this opportunity
to extend an invitation not only to all of you, on behalf of Iranian.com, but also
to our new man of the year, Reza P.:
I am writing to invite you to Iranian.com's June 1st comedy night to be held at
George Washington University÷
I urge you to give us the pleasure of your company because we have many of your vocal
supporters amongst our readers and even writers. You were recently chosen, by a clear
majority, as the Iranian of the Year by the readers of our netzine. Should you choose
to accept our invitation we will honor you that night.
Since you live so close to the location of the event, I am hoping, it would not be
of great inconvenience to you to show up and make your followers happy.
How democratic a gesture your appearance would be to show us once and for all
that you put your actions were your words are and you mingle with other compatriots,
exiles and émigrés of your own generation. It would be worth canceling
any other obligations you may have to seize this opportunity to show your real human
We know that the price of the tickets may be too steep
for you, considering your tight. budget. It will be an honor to extend two free tickets
to the show for you and your beautiful wife. They will be waiting at the door under
your initials only (RP and Baanoo - for security purposes).
Also, should you need a ride please email me and I will arrange that as well. Should
you need baby sitting I can share mine with you provided your girls are not too uncomfortable
in someone else's home. They can bring their favorite video and we will order them
So please, Your Majesty, consider this invitation both as a sign of our appreciation
for all your valiant efforts and as a great opportunity for you to show us that you,
like all of us, are up for a good time.