Kambiz Hosseini & Saman Arbabi

  • Aired:  01/20/11
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Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi say that completely censoring their Iranian satirical news show, "Parazit," is as impossible as stopping car theft. (8:35)

>> Jon: WELCOME BACK.

MY GUESTS TONIGHT THE

CO-CREATORS OF AMERICA'S... THE

CO-CREATORS OF VOICE OF

AMERICA'S "PARAZIT", A SATIRICAL

NEWS SHOW THAT BROADCASTS IN

IRAN.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: PLEASE WELCOME "PARAZIT"

HOSTS KAMBIZ HOSSEINI AND SAMAN

ARBABI.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

COME AND SIT.

>> I CAN'T BELIEVE THIS!

>> Jon: I LIKE THAT YOU GUYS

SHOOK HANDS.

I LIKE THAT YOU GUYS... OH,

WAIT!

I WORK WITH YOU.

>> THIS IS CRAZY.

>> Jon: GUYS, THANK YOU SO MUCH

FOR COMING.

I GOT AHOLD OF YOUR SHOW ON THE

WEB AND I WAS SO IMPRESSED BY

THE HEART OF IT, HOW FUNNY IT

WAS.

HOW DOES YOUR SHOW GET OUT

THERE?

HOW IS IT SEEN IN IRAN?

>> YOU WANT TO ANSWER THIS?

>> WELL...

(LAUGHTER)

>> THERE'S TWO TYPES OF PEOPLE.

>> Jon: ALL RIGHT.

>> THOSE WHO LOVE US AND THOSE

WHO REALLY HATE US.

>> Jon: UH-HUH.

>> WE CATER TO THE ONES THAT

REALLY LOVE US.

>> Jon: RIGHT.

>> AND OBVIOUSLY THE ONES THAT

HATE US ARE THE REASON WE

ACTUALLY DO THE SHOW.

(LAUGHTER)

BUT TECHNICALLY WE WANT THEM TO

LOVE US.

TECHNICALLY WE HAVE SATELLITE

AND INTERNET AND PEOPLE DOWNLOAD

US VIA INTERNET.

AND MOSTLY SATELLITE.

>> Jon: AND IT'S BECOME HUGELY

POPULAR IN IRAN DESPITE ALL THE

CENSORSHIP AND ALL THE

DIFFICULTIES OVER THERE.

>> YEAH.

IT'S LIKE TRYING TO STOP CAR

THEFT.

IT'S NOT GOING TO HAPPEN.

(LAUGHTER)

>> Jon: SO I SEE YOU'VE LIVED IN

WASHINGTON, D.C. FOR A WHILE.

(LAUGHTER)

>> 25 YEARS, YEAH.

>> Jon: HOW DID YOU... SO ARE

YOU BOTH BORN IN IRAN.

>> YES.

>> Jon: OKAY.

WHEN DID YOU...

>> I LEFT IN IRAN IN 1985.

>> 2000.

>> Jon: I CAN SEE THE PASSION IN

WHAT YOU DO AND IT'S VERY

ENGAGING.

WHEN YOU WATCH THE SHOW, YOU

FEEL LIKE THE HEART AND THE

ANGER AND THEN THEY CONSTANTLY

CUT AWAY TO, LIKE, FOR THE

COMEDY BREAK.

>> I'M THE FUNNY DUDE.

>> NO!

(LAUGHTER)

>> IT'S ALL YOU, JON.

YOU EAR THE PROPHET.

YOU'RE THE PROPHET.

YOU ARE THE PROPHET!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> HE'S THE PROPHET!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

GIVE IT UP FOR JON STEWART,

EVERYBODY!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

AND HE'S GOT THE BOOK, TOO!

>> Jon: SO ARE YOU CALLING ME A

PROPHET, THAT WILL IN NO WAY GET

IN ME N TROUBLE, WILL IT?

(LAUGHTER)

THAT'S IN NO WAY A DANGEROUS

THING.

DO YOU... DO YOU FEEL... WHAT IS

THE FEELING THAT YOU HAVEEDLY

YOUR COMEDY?

IS IT CATHARSIS?

DOES IT FEEL LIKE REVENGE?

WHAT WHAT DOES IT FEEL LIKE FOR

YOU?

BECAUSE YOU TRULY ARE ATTACKING

REAL TYRANNY.

>> ALL OF IT, ACTUALLY.

YOU KNOW, I GREW UP IN A COUNTRY

THAT OPPRESSED ME ALL MY LIFE.

ALL MY LIFE.

I WASN'T ABLE TO TALK FREELY.

I WASN'T ABLE TO EXPRESS MYSELF

FREELY.

I HAD TO HAVE HAVE FREEDOM THAT

I WANTED TO HAVE INSIDE MY HOME.

I WANT AND WHEN I WENT OUT I HAD

TO LIE ALL THE TIME.

SO THIS KIND OF LIFE-STYLE THAT

I HAD AND LOTS OF PEOPLE OF MY

GENERATION THEY HAVE RIGHT NOW

INSIDE IRAN CAUSED ALL THIS

ANGER, REVENGE, AND EVERYTHING.

BUT WE'RE TRYING TO TRANSFER ALL

THIS INTO HUMOR AND SAY WHATEVER

WE WANT TO SAY WITH THE DARK

ANGRY HUMOR BUT IN A CIVIL WAY.

>> AHMADINEJAD CAME TO COLUMBIA,

ONE OF THE MOST WELL-RESPECTED

SCHOOLS OF ALL TIME AND HE STOOD

IN FRONT OF THE WHOLE WORLD AND

HE SAID "THERE ARE NO GAYS IN

IRAN."

THAT'S ALL YOU NEED TO HAVE.

FROM THEN ON YOU HAVE A SHOW.

(LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE)

>> Jon: THAT'S THE SHOW!

THAT'S THE SHOW!

YOU BRING UP A REALLY

INTERESTING POINT, THOUGH, ABOUT

DOING IT IN A WAY THAT'S CIVIL

AND APPEALING.

YOU HAVE A SEGMENT ON YOUR SHOW

CALLED "THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND

THE UGLY."

AND YOU KNOW, HERE WE HAVE THE

WORST AMERICAN THE WORLD AND PIN

HEADS AND PATRIOTS AND

INCREDIBLE HYPERBOLE AND PEOPLE

THAT ARE LISTENING, YOUR BAD

CHARACTER OF THE WEEK WAS THE

LEADER OF THE REVOLUTIONARY

GUARD.

>> RIGHT.

>> Jon: AND THE UGLY CHARACTER

OF THE WEEK WAS AHMADINEJAD.

AND I WONDER IN THIS COUNTRY IF

WE HAD PEOPLE AT THAT LEVEL OF

DECEMBER POETISM AND TYRANNY, I

DON'T KNOW THAT WE'D HAVE WORDS

TO DESCRIBE THEM BECAUSE WE'VE

USED THEM ON PEOPLE AND THINGS

THAT IN NO WAY MATCH THAT.

AND WHAT'S YOUR VIEW OF OUR

DISCOURSE IN THAT WAY?

HOW IT RELATES TO WHEN YOU LOOK

AT OUR COUNTRY AND THE PROBLEMS

IT FACES AND THEN YOU THINK

ABOUT IRAN IN THE WAY YOU GUYS

ARE TALKING ABOUT THOSE ISSUES.

>> WELL, SPECIFICALLY TOP

IRANIAN POLITICS, HONESTLY WE

DON'T CARE SO MUCH.

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

>> WE LIVE IN WASHINGTON.

>> Jon: I WORKED ON THAT

QUESTION FOR 15 (BEEP)ING

MINUTES!

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> SORRY MAN!

I'M SORRY.

>> Jon: LET ME PUT HIT IN THE

CONTEXT OF IRANIAN POLITICS.

WHAT ALLOWS YOU TO NOT BE HIGH

PER BOLL I CAN IN DESCRIBING

REAL KIND OF EVIL?

BECAUSE IT'S SO MUCH MORE

EFFECTIVE THAT WAY.

I THOUGHT WHEN I WATCH YOU GUYS

MAN, IT JUST SLICES RIGHT

THROUGH IT AND IT MAKES IT SO

MUCH MORE EFFECTIVE.

YOU KNOW, WHY NOT TITLE IT "THE

CRAZIEST PERSON IN THE WORLD"?

>> WELL, YOU KNOW, WHAT WE'RE

TRYING TO DO IS THAT IT THESE

REACH PEOPLE CULTURALLY, TOO.

WE DESIGNED A SHOW FOR SPECIFIC

SPECIFIC PEOPLE IN IRAN AND

THEIR YOUTH... MORE THAN 70% OF

IRAN ARE UNDER THE AGE OF 35 AND

WE'RE TRYING TO MAKE THIS SHOW

APPEALING TO THEM.

>> I THINK JON WANTS TO MAKE US

LIKE SALMAN RUSHDIE.

>> Jon: NO!

GOD KNOW!

THE IDEA IS YOU KNOW HOW AWARE

ARE IRANIAN OFFICIALS OF YOU

GUYS?

ARE THEY AWARE?

>> VERY MUCH.

>> OH, YEAH.

(LAUGHTER)

THEY ACTUALLY WRITE ABOUT US

MOST OF THE TIME IN THE STATE

PAPERS.

>> Jon: "TV GUIDE"?

(LAUGHTER)

>> YELLOW PAGES.

>> Jon: THAT KIND OF THING.

ALL RIGHT.

>> COUPLE OF SHOWS THAT THEY TRY

TO... THEY BASICALLY TALK LIKE

US, THEY PRODUCE THE STUFF LIKE

US....

>> Jon: THEY PRODUCE A SATIRE

SHOW IN IRAN.

>> IT'S CALLED ANTI-"PARAZIT."

IT'S LIKE HAVING AN ANTI-DAILY

SHOW.

IMAGINE THAT.

HOW FUNNY WOULD THAT BE?

IT'S LIKE "THE DAILY SHOW" AND

THERE'S THIS OTHER CHANNEL

THAT'S... AIRS THAT ANTI-"THE

DAILY SHOW."

>> Jon: AND THEN YOU GO INTO

LIKE A WORM HOLE AND THEY JUST

THINK OKAY, WE'RE EVEN NOW.

(LAUGHTER)

>> BASICALLY.

>> Jon: HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN

DOING IT?

>> WE STARTED IN MAY OF 2008 AND

THAT WAS TEN-MINUTE SEGMENT AND

THEN THE ELECTIONS HAPPENED,

OBVIOUSLY, AND THINGS GOT REALLY

CRAZY AND WE LAUNCHED OFFICIALLY

AS A 30-MINUTE WEEKLY SHOW IN

MARCH OF 2009.

>> AND WE WATCH A LOT OF "THE

DAILY SHOW."

>> Jon: (LAUGHS)

I JUST WANT TO SAY THIS.

WE'RE GOING TO GO TO COMMERCIAL

AND THEN WE'RE GOING ON THE WEB

BECAUSE I WANT TO TALK TO YOU A

LITTLE BIT MORE.

I WANT TO TELL YOU, YOU'RE LIKE

OUR SHOW BUT WITH REAL GUTS AND

I'M PROUD TO BE CONSIDERED IN

THE FRATERNITY OF HUMORISTS THAT

YOU GUYS ARE IN.

AND I'M

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