Does it make you uncomfortable to laugh?


Does it make you uncomfortable to laugh?
by Nazy Kaviani

I am looking forward to an exceptional opportunity tomorrow night to support and to watch four very talented and very funny Iranian comedians onstage in San Francisco. It isn't everyday when such opportunities present themselves! Many Iranians get uncomfortable talking about sex, even heterosexual sex and sexuality, let alone homosexuality! Just the same, I was surprised to learn recently that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is not the only one who thinks there are no gays in Iran. Of course when I read some comments in a recently published blog, the commentators didn't come out and say "there are no gays in Iran," but they said things that are in the exact same vein as what Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said--that homosexuality is abnormal and as such we don't have/shouldn't have "openly-introduced gays with a chosen and publicly acknowledged lifestyle." Well, to some Iranians having sex outside of the marriage is not normal, either. We have so much to learn. Religion may have a lot to do with this way of thinking, but ignorance has a lot more to do with it, I'm afraid.

Chill Baba Joon! Homosexuals are as normal as the next guy or woman. They cannot and should not have to change who and what they are and how they feel just because we feel uncomfortable with the notion. Many of the gay men and women I know are a hell of lot more loving and loyal to their partners. I know of many gay couples who have adopted orphan children and have loved and taken care of those children better than some negligent heterosexual couples I also know. What makes them really special friends of mine is their having experienced the pain of dealing with discrimination and the better-than-thou attitude the society keeps dishing out to them on a daily basis. That pain and that discrimination makes them compassionate and sensitive to other people who are discriminated against. They have been there.

I think everything about the show tomorrow night is perfect. It is for a cause in which I believe--to help It features fabulous artists who are rising stars in the field of comedy, all of them extremely funny entertainers. One of them, Mehran Khaghani, is a hilarious and courageous performer who openly admits to being gay, helping the rest of us understand and learn more, if only we are willing. I have seen both talented Tissa Hami (also a contributor to and Max Amini perform onstage. They are really funny and I can't wait to see them again. I am also looking forward to seeing funny Amir Malekpour in San Francisco for the first time. I couldn't think of a better promoter for this show,, a medium that lets ALL Iranians have a voice regardless of our political, social, gender, and sexual orientation and regardless of what we choose to say. I think this is a groundbreaking event all the way through.

I am so excited to be getting together with other readers in the Bay Area for what promises to be a couple of hours of non-stop laughter and a chance to learn and to understand. Thank you dear Monda for all the hard work you have put into this. I'll be there with my friends.

Here are a few clips of the funny men and woman who will be on the stage tomorrow night. If you live in this area, don't miss it!

Mehran Khaghani: //

Tissa Hami: //

Max Amini: //

Amir Malekpour:  //

There are no gays in Iran Comedy Show.


Recently by Nazy KavianiCommentsDate
Nov 22, 2012
Dark & Cold
Sep 14, 2012
Talking Walls
Sep 07, 2012
more from Nazy Kaviani
Nazy Kaviani

What a night!

by Nazy Kaviani on

The show was an absolute smash! I can't remember when I laughed so hard! Those comedians were exceptional and the audience absolutely loved them. The event was sold out and a good time was had by all. I will now go tend to my stitches!


We will be there

by mohajaf on

Salam Nazy jan,


Maryam and I will be there. This event is too good to miss.

Multiple Personality Disorder

Is it okay if I take some notes?

by Multiple Personality Disorder on

This show should be a great source for future satires.  I love all the comedians and the subject matter is great.  I'm sure I'll learn a few things.  It should be a great night and I hope I'll meet some of the iraniandotcom contributors.

Darius Kadivar

Le Cul De Mon Coeur ...

by Darius Kadivar on

Pierre Perret - Le cul de lucette

Jayeh Maro Sabz Koneed !

Alahazrat Hajagha


by Alahazrat Hajagha on

I cant wait for tonight! It sounds like a hilarious show. me and my friends plan to go to this and I encourage everybody who lives in SF bay area to come because it is the place to be this weekend



by tissa on

Nazy jan, thanks for your support of the show!  Looking forward to it.


یک برنامه سنت شکن


نازی عزیز

همانطور که اشاره کردید مسئله همجنس گرایی و دگرباشان از مسائلی تابو و اسرار مگو در جامعه ایرانی بوده و هست و راه حلی که همیشه برای این مسئله ارائه شده پاک کردن صورت مسئله و نادیده گرفتن این گروه از جامعه بوده

مسلما برنامه ای ها مانند این برنامه که با زبان طنز با این مشکل جامعه ما برخورد می کنند کمک بزرگی در جا انداختن آن و شناساندن این گروه خواهد بود

 من و چند نفر از دوستان امشب انجا خواهیم بود و مطمئنم برنامه بیاد ماندنی و مفرحی را خواهیم دید 



by yolanda on

Hi! Nazy,

     I watched 2 videos you is kind of saddens me the way people treat Iranians.....I can't even general, I like to laugh....little things can crack me up easily.......... now I realized that it is hard for Iranians to go thru the airport check point.....I am so sorry.......I hope things will improve.....

You are right that sexuality can be a sensitive subject.....

thanks for sharing!