Shappi Khorsandi, stand-up comic

August 15, 2006 at 8:13 pm (Family & Friends)


Dad calls, sister’s got a review in the Standard. She’s got some coverage for her show Asylum Speaker in Edinburgh this year, but this review made him really proud. He kept reading it to me. I said, “How do you feel?” He said I keep thinking of her as a child, growing up. I said: “But how do you feel.” He said: “Feel? Hmmm. When Khomeini was returning [to Iran from exile in France in 1979] they asked him the same question. He said ‘Nothing’, he got a lot of stick for that. But now I understand, a sense of happiness, maybe you want to cry.” Life has its good days. Shappi has survived years of us telling her what to do. “Be political, be this, be that.” Now she’s told us where to go, and we’re happy to be there.



  1. Parissa said,

    How delightful for your sister that she is succeeding in her chosen path, and how wonderful for you and your dad to enjoy her success so much. I wish you all the best of luck.


  2. Parham said,

    What does “shakatak” mean?

  3. Maziar said,

    Shappi ROCKS! 🙂

  4. Zohreh(Zoe) said,

    I had the pleasure of hearing Shappi about ten years ago during a mothers’ luncheon in Chicago. It is no surprise that this talented — and brave — young lady has climbed the ladder of success. Congratulations!

    As they say, “An apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” And, mind you, the tree is still standing great!
    Wishing for all the Khorsandis to remain ‘khorsand’ 🙂

    Best, always,


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