Better known as Peter the Persian, Peter Shahriari is one of the most established Iranian comedians in America. Born in Tehran, he's been performing around Los Angeles for over 10 years. He studied political science and law at the University of California, Los Angeles, and as a self-described comediologist, he brings a great deal of insight and intelligence to his onstage act. He was also a part of the Sultans of Satire comic relief project.
Despite being a trained attorney with a Juris Doctorate from the University of California, Los Angeles, Peter longed to be on stage making people laugh from as far back as his school days. His antics in the classroom combined with the constant study of comedians at the time brought him close to his desired career path, but led to an almost painful experience when his studies took him away from the clubs and into the courtroom. Thankfully the dream never faded for Peter. He kept working at his chosen vocation until he was successful enough to drop his day job and go into show business permanently around six years ago.
Born and bred in Tehran, Peter’s comedy centered on his Middle Eastern heritage but he is also deemed an innovator by his peers when it comes to voices, character humor, and accents. He is a regular at many Los Angeles comedy clubs and he is no stranger to improvisation and just getting on stage to do his thing. Peter has also hit the road or rather, the airport in recent years, having been invited to entertain audiences across the globe. He hosted the comedy variety series Zeus TV and has become a favorite of the Levantine Cultural Center's satire/comedy series, The Sultans of Satire: Middle East Comic Relief.