Kambiz Hosseini: Iran's Jon Stewart on the Presidential Election

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Last week, Iranians took to the polls to elect a president for the first time since 2009, when millions of protesters flooded the streets over Ahmadinejad’s disputed reelection.

The scene this year was dramatically different. In fact, it was almost celebratory as cleric Hassan Rouhani, a moderate reformist, was declared the commanding winner of the election.

But Iranian-born comedian Kambiz Hosseini is skeptical: "Becoming the President of Iran is like making a James Bond movie; the characters stay the same, but they just keep changing the actors.”

Hosseini has been called the Jon Stewart of Iran. In his weekly persian-language podcast, "At Five in the Afternoon," he satirizes the politics and culture of his home country, highlighting the often-tragic issues facing Iran with humor and brutally honest commentary.

And Iranians are hungry for it. It’s impossible to say how many can listen to the show because they must access it illegally, but fans in Tehran have told him it is being passed out on the streets. The podcast recently reached one million downloads. 

Hosseini's new project is an online television show called "Poletk."


Kambiz Hosseini

Produced by:

Arwa Gunja and Megan Quellhorst

Comments [8]

artin from Tehran


Jun. 21 2013 04:47 PM
arta from uk

Kombiz you have opened the door of hope and better communication for us ,iraninan youth around the world , Thank you so much <3

Jun. 19 2013 06:37 AM

kambiiiiiizz aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaasheghetaaaaaaaaaam.......

Jun. 19 2013 02:36 AM

To me he embodies perfectionism of a generation. Iranian youth fought a brutal regime empty-handed on the street with their silence in their so-called "green movement". I am proud to be one of the millions of Iranians who have chosen him as their favorite artist.

Jun. 19 2013 12:17 AM
Ayrin from malaysia

DDDeeear KKKKambiz u are the best i hope you will have a Live show again we miss you <3 <3 <3

Jun. 18 2013 10:42 PM
kamikaze from San Jose CA

I heard his voice in Iranian redio at that time. When he came here it was surprise to me so I check him of first day I thought his going to be very fanatic or radical or stupid like the others did but he found the way "he didn't choose or support any" that is why people in Iran watching or listing to his program.
good luck Kambiz

Jun. 18 2013 06:00 PM
Hummed from Iran

big fan of him,he is simply one of the best comedians Iran have ever produced.

Jun. 18 2013 04:11 PM
Ashkan from Iran

Kambiz Hosseini ♥

Jun. 18 2013 12:44 PM

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