Ali Reza Farahnakian
About Ali Reza
Ali Reza Farahnakian (SAG, AEA, WGA, AFTRA) studied extensively with Charna Halpern and Del Close in the 1990s at ImprovOlympic (IO), where he was given the sword of "Yes, and...!" by Del Close personally. He was also a founding member of the UCB with whom he helped to create the critically acclaimed show Virtual Reality. At The Second City in Chicago he was part of the Jeff-nominated show The Revelation Will Not Be Televised (dir. Jeff Richmond) for which he also received a Jeff nomination for Best Actor in a Revue. His one-man show Word of Mouth was an official selection to the US Comedy Arts Festival 2001 in Aspen. He was a writer on Saturday Night Live during its 25th anniversary season and received a Writers Guild Award nomination. He has worked on The Steppenwolf Mainstage in Chicago and BAM in Brooklyn in Tony Kushner's Homebody/Kabul directed by Frank Galati. Television credits include all the Law and Order‘s, All My Children, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, 30 Rock (3x), Louie, Delocated, Inside Amy Schumer, Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. He has been in numerous commercials, voice-overs, films, 3 of which have gone to Sundance and one went to Cannes. In 2002 he founded The Peoples Improv Theater (aka The PIT). He lives in NYC with his wife and two daughters, who all teach him a great deal in their own way. He teaches in NYC where he oversees The PIT, The PIT LOFT, Simple Studios, and Pioneers. Spread the Word!