I decided to brave it and take another look at OnTen today to see whether they have improved any since their miserable debut shows. I don’t know how to say this any other way, but this show sucks. Saman Arbabi is not funny. He doesn’t speak Farsi well. His sidekick is not funny, though his Farsi is better. Their material is just a tired repeat of what used to blaze and explode on the set of Parazit every week when Kambiz Hosseini used to deliver it. It is really boring and bimazzeh and obviously it isn’t getting any better.
Dear VOA. How could you close down the only show that was good on your network? What kind of television programming decision was that? Are you paying attention?
How could you do this to the people of Iran? Those poor souls who had nothing to bring them information and cheer, the millions who emptied the streets, restaurants, and shops to go home and watch Parazit, often with their families and friends, according to reports. How could you deprive them of that?
This show has no soul. Kambiz Hosseini was the heart and soul of Parazit and no matter how talented Saman Arbabi was behind the scene, he is not even a mediocre comedian on the scene. His sidekick has even less charisma.
Please bring back Kambiz Hosseini and Parazit. How hard can it be? Please give the Iranian people inside and outside Iran the joy of watching VOA again.