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Nasim Pedrad Biography

Birth Place:
Tehran, Iran
Actor, comedian

Fast Facts

  • 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


  • Parviz Pedrad -- Father
  • Arasteh Amani -- Mother
  • Nina Pedrad -- Sister