television series

Parazit (Persian: پارازیت, pārāzit, meaning "static") was a weekly half-hour Persian language satirical television show on Voice of America's Persian service.[1] The show is a satire about Iranian politics. Kambiz Hosseini and Saman Arbabi started the show as a 10-minute show. It was influenced by the American satirical news show The Daily Show.[2] Parazit was started before the June 2009 presidential elections in Iran. It became very popular in Iran. Many people watched it via illegal satellite dishes and internet.[3] Its name comes from the Iranian government's repeated tries to jam foreign satellite programming. Because it is shown through unofficial channels, it is impossible to say how many people have seen it. However since January 2011, the show's YouTube channel is watched 45,000 times a week and its Facebook page is visited 17 million times a month.[3]

Presented byKambiz Hosseini
Saman Arbabi
Country of originUnited States
Original languagePersian
No. of seasons3
Executive producerSaman Arbabi
Production locationWashington, D.C.
Running time30 minutes
Original release
NetworkVOA Persian Service
Release2008 (2008)[source?] –
February 2012 (2012-02)


  1. "Meet the Duo behind Iran's 'Daily Show'", PBS Frontline Tehran Bureau, August 13, 2010, accessed January 21, 2011.
  2. Bahrampour, Tara (December 31, 2010). "Expats' 'Daily Show'-style VOA program enthralls Iranians, irks their government". The Washington Post.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Bahrampour, Tara (21 January 2011). "Iranian Daily Show, Meet 'The Daily Show'". The Washington Post. Retrieved 22 January 2011.

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