Can Iran Take a Joke? Kambiz Hosseini

2015 Oslo Freedom Forum
May 26, 2015

Iranian actor and television host Kambiz Hosseini, who lives in exile in the United States, discusses the importance of comedy as a tool to connect people to serious issues in a way that is both approachable and honest. Hosseini found comedy inevitable when reporting on Iran because of the already comical nature of its politicians, and he maintains that comedy is first and foremost a tool for the progression of society rather than a story about the government. Hosseini concludes by reminding us that while the Iranian government cannot take a joke, its people certainly can.