11 Top Comics in the Middle East


Mehran Modiri

Mehran Modiri

A director, actor and musician, Mehran Modiri is the "leading artist in social satire in Iran,” according to IMDB. His series on Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting has an estimated 85% viewership, such a large audience that the comedian is given more freedom to lampoon life in Iran than he would otherwise have. Three years ago, Newsweek featured Modiri as one of the 20 most powerful people in Iran. He was the only entertainer to make the list, surviving the past two decades “by choosing his battles.” In one famous clip, he impersonates popular Iranian football managers who, though they burst with confidence, are unable to handle criticism, blaming everyone but themselves when things go wrong.

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