Nasim Pedrad

Active - 2011 - 2020  |   Born - Nov 18, 1981 in Tehran, Iran  |   Genres - Comedy

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Biography by Cammila Collar

Comedian Nasim Pedrad was born in Iran, but grew up in Irvine, CA. She attended UCLA's School of Theatre before moving on to appear in the Groundlings, Improv Olympics, and Upright Citizen's Brigade. In 2009, Pedrad's sketch comedy skills were put to the test when she joined the cast of Saturday Night Live. She appeared in the romantic comedy No Strings Attached, and provided a voice in The Lorax.

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  • Lived in Iran until she was 2.
  • Performed with sketch-comedy troupes Upright Citizens Brigade and the Groundlings.
  • Performed a one-woman show, Me, Myself & Iran, at the 2007 HBO Comedy Festival in Las Vegas.
  • Was urged by Tina Fey to audition for Saturday Night Live after Fey watched Pedrad's stage act.
  • Did impressions of Victoria Beckham, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor and Dora the Explorer at her audition for Saturday Night Live.
  • When she joined the SNL cast in 2009, she became the show's first Iranian cast member.