There’s funny, and then there’s David Golshan Funny.
Let me tell you the difference: For Persians, funny is a FOB accent and talking about Persian Parents. Perfect the two, and you’ve got a great family friendly routine. That’s where most Persian Stand-ups draw the line.
Then there’s David Golshan Funny. There’s FOB accents, Persian Pop singers, Bill Clinton Impressions, Michael Jackson Routines, and a whole lot more.
With him, there is no line- it’s all fair game, and thats kind of how we like to play here at S&F too.
He’s a comedian, an actor, and a businessman.
He’s been on Bravo’s Millionaire Matchmaker with a butler who fed him grapes- and Shahs of Sunset. He has a few alter egos including Chef Tony Montana and ex-Black Cats Pop Star Shahram Shattarang (check them all here) & finally, he reps his roots by hosting Middle Eastern Night at Hollywood’s Laugh Factory.
There’s a reason I could not stop laughing during this interview (I wonder if David heard me snort at one point #embarassing). Golshan can deliver punch after punch, and it gave me one of my best ab workouts. Hopefully, it’ll be just as good for you joonies…
- Tell me a bit about yourself…
I was born in Long Island, NY. When I was less than 1 years old, I moved to a small town called Beverly Hills.
I attended Beverly Hills High School which was essentially one big Persian Party, their mascot should be the Black Mercedes instead of the Normans.
From there I went to Pepperdine University, where I graduated with a degree in Political Science. I was preparing to go to law school, and had a fashion internet catalog business on the side. It was a hobby I had for a few years, and I worked on it about once a week. Then one day, as I was walking back into a Law Prep Course from lunch, I checked my orders and saw that I had made more money in that short time than I had in the past five years combined.
I picked up my books, and told the guy ‘it was nice meeting you, I’m outta here.’
- Do you have any siblings?
I have three older siblings, who are all married with kids. I pretty much grew up with five parents.
Clearly though I didn’t get all the attention I deserved or else I wouldn’t post half naked pictures of myself on facebook. I work out because of all the attention I didn’t get from the women in high school.
- How do you think your Persian and Jewish side interact?
They definitely clash:
My Persian side wants to go to an SBE club, buy bottles, go crazy, make it rain. My Jewish side wants to grab the money as it falls to the ground screaming, ‘WTF are we doing! We need to invest this!’