وزارد او دا وستساد
VIZITOR TO THE VESTSIDE
an
American blog of Iranian dissent

Staying Lous


We're told these are lean times economically. That the citizenry has cut back on excess, has curtailed leisurely activities.

Don't tell that to Ali Farahnakian, founder of the People's Improv Theatre in New York City, who has seen enrollment in his training program shoot up and audiences grow for nightly shows, as the public turns to the craft to help process the absurd.

Farahnakian is one of the founding fathers of America's burgeoning Improv scene.  It's like acting and comedy mixed with alternative performance art.  The North Carolina native started his training in the early 90s at The Second City in Chicago, along with names like Tina Fey, Horatio Sanz, and Stephen Colbert.


His recent TV credits include '30 Rock' and 'Law & Order', but one of his first movie roles was in 'Maryam', director Ramin Seery's first (and only) film from 2001 that was based on a true story of an Iranian-American family in New Jersey during the '79 hostage crisis.

That event will be the centerpiece of a Hollywood movie coming out in 2011. The other day I came across this blurb that a major studio has officially given the greenlight to the film, with the working title 'Tehran'.

It's smells fishy.  But we shall see.  Or we shall protest.  Whichever comes first.


In your plane in the blue sky
You roam again
Words that echo in your mind
Make your heart beat faster
This is no Vietnam


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