Nasim Pedrad on Learning Martial Arts, Her Immigrant Parents & New Show Chad
Nasim talks about moving to America from Iran when she was three, being put in martial arts classes as a kid to avoid being kidnapped, explaining things to her immigrant parents, wanting to change her name, and playing a 14-year-old boy on her show “Chad.”
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  • Casey Ray Harris. Esquire
    Casey Ray Harris. Esquire

    So happy to hear that she has a new show

  • Casey Ray Harris. Esquire
    Casey Ray Harris. Esquire

    God I miss her! I'd marry that goddess

  • Golden nugget of wisdom
    Golden nugget of wisdom

    Chad is weird AF. Why not get a real Persian boy? She looks rubbery and distracting.

  • The Law of Divine Oneness
    The Law of Divine Oneness

    So many people are hating on her show in the comment section of the Chad trailer. I love Nasim and I love the show. That fact that she is 39 and playing a 14 year old boy makes it that much funnier. She comes from sketch comedy on SNL so all she did was turn a bit into a TV series. Some people just don't get it and are taking themselves way too seriously. I think Nasim is very funny.

  • Rufaro Asuquo
    Rufaro Asuquo

    I’ve always loved Nassim in new girl, Brooklyn Nine Nine,Saturday Night Live and Aladdin also Chad is such a fantastic show and I love it so much and I hope she continues to succeed 😊❤️

  • Blair Brown
    Blair Brown

    Oooohhhh,I would ssssoooo look forward to seeing Chad's first kiss.

  • Anshul Kumawat
    Anshul Kumawat

    She played an awkward teenager on SNL too. Is that where the idea came from?

  • JV Harbin
    JV Harbin

    Why would she be portraying a teenage boy?

  • Jordan Van lee
    Jordan Van lee

    literally so funny! i loved the pilot

  • Lu

    This girl is funny

  • wpl

    Not many people know this: "Los Angeles (and Southern California in general) is home to a large Iranian-American community. Los Angeles is also notable for its very large Iranian Jewish communities in Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Encino, and Calabasas. The Iranian population in Los Angeles is diverse with many ethnic subgroups like Iranians of Jewish descent and Iranian Armenians. With population estimates of 700,000, Southern California boasts the largest concentration of Iranians in the world, outside of Iran"

  • jda8176

    She is awesome!

  • rami ghaleb
    rami ghaleb

    I really don't understand why some beautiful women feel the need to do work on their faces! Sofia Vergara, Kristen Wiig, Lady Gaga and now Nasim Pedrad!? It really upsets me because it never looks better and their facial expressions change; they don't have the same smile and it stiffens the face somehow, it's difficult to explain..

  • Ryan Friend
    Ryan Friend

    Nasim is incredibly hilarious.

  • Amin Ben
    Amin Ben

    Her Unaired SNL skit as Aziz Ansari is the best.

  • Ana Cheah
    Ana Cheah

    She is so beautiful and funny.

  • uosdwiSrdewoH

    I absolutely love Nasim Pedrad. I hope this new show works out. I feel like nobody knew how to properly utilize her talents since SNL so she had to do it herself. Who else would think to cast her as a teenage boy?

  • Rich Rioux
    Rich Rioux

    Chad is a said piece of garbage.

    • Rich Rioux
      Rich Rioux

      The first episode could not hold my attention. There are a lot of trash tv shows now a days. There are a few shows that are good now a days.

  • S. Y.
    S. Y.

    Sorry to say though but this new show “Chad” is really awful it’s just not funny at all and super cringe. I don’t understand what is the point that the writers were trying to make and honestly as a fellow Persian myself that actually made me a little irritated and upset.

    • Dtho

      "super cringe", that is what they were going for. It was an attempt to do a sitcom based on cringe humor, the comedy style isn't being picked up by people though and they are just confused. Give them props for the attempt in doing something different, but it did not execute properly.

  • x 1
    x 1

    It's The Chad

  • Paloma Thomas
    Paloma Thomas


  • Uncle Stinky
    Uncle Stinky

    Chad sucked, I could only get 5 min in the 1st show, horrible

  • RyGuy Soar
    RyGuy Soar

    That show is not funny, this needs to stop!

  • Alexander

    She is great.

  • Miguel Gonzalez
    Miguel Gonzalez

    I know her from Scream Queens and Aladdin 👍👌

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    She talks pretty patronizingly about her parents and her culture.

    • Beth

      What’s your problem?

  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
    Obi-Wan Kenobi

    When Jimmy saw the trailer, did he see how many dislikes it had?

  • Pouya Hallaj
    Pouya Hallaj

    Love your show from Iran😍🌹

  • Pritesh Ruthun
    Pritesh Ruthun

    She looks so different these days. I didn't even recognise her in the thumbnail.

  • crystal harris
    crystal harris


  • Alireza Adli
    Alireza Adli

    Nasim’s father should know better since we have the same tradition on April 2, which is also the nature’s day in Iran. We anounce all kind of lies on this day 🤥

  • SJ Ndigro
    SJ Ndigro


  • Alpha Sv • 1 year • 5 months
    Alpha Sv • 1 year • 5 months

    Hi Jimmy!! Im your fan all the way from the Philippines i hope to see you someday :)

  • Jenny Allen
    Jenny Allen

    As a middle school teacher I really relate to the comment about relating to Kpop and TikTok 🤣🤣🤣

  • Amir Eghbal
    Amir Eghbal

    April fool's day is a cheap copy of the Iranian 13th day lie which is thousands of years old.

  • Fareena Khattak
    Fareena Khattak

    Jimmy why she u said she is not from this country. She migrated here when she was three. She is an Iranian American u idiot

  • Ray El
    Ray El

    Beautiful, smart, funny and very decent woman. One of the best SNL hosts ever. Cannot wait to see Chad 🙂

  • Jesse Stevenson
    Jesse Stevenson

    Nasim is so sexy.

  • Anon Nympho Dude
    Anon Nympho Dude

    Omgggg she’s hilarious!! If she ever gets a lead in a blockbuster, she will blow up

  • Artemis

    I cannot WAIT to see this show EXPLODE in her face. Pedrad should have used an unknown as the lead, instead of trying to pull of a Liz Taylor (old people remember her trying to pull off a 30 plus in a soap opera back in the day. Didn't bode well.) A 40 year old cannot pull off being a 14 year old. Period. Plus she looks like a trans person whos mother looks younger than she/he is.

  • Casey Case
    Casey Case

    Jimmy, could you please teach Andrea Mitchell how to pronounce "Iranian". Thanks 🙏

  • Kristen Kuruugaa
    Kristen Kuruugaa

    Me watching this as a girl from Orange County who did Hwa Rang Do and just played an April fools joke on a coworker 👁👄👁

  • Manuel Festoli
    Manuel Festoli

    Yes Nissan, landscape architects are indeed shady, but mostly from the nice trees and stuff, so...

  • Hlysnan

    Dammit. She had work done, and it wasn't necessary.

  • Neeyaz Zolfaghari
    Neeyaz Zolfaghari

    Thank you Jimmy, for pronouncing Iranian correctly!

    • Neeyaz Zolfaghari
      Neeyaz Zolfaghari

      @Cyril I-ran / I-ranian, it's properly pronounced E-raan / E-raan-yan

    • Cyril

      How do Americans pronounce it otherwise?

  • Klara Stern
    Klara Stern

    very lovely lady

  • Diablo Chocobar
    Diablo Chocobar

    just finished watching Chad trailer. horrible movie. tonight america invade iran and establish dominance. continue centuries old tradition.

  • MedSchool Visual
    MedSchool Visual

    No one should be showering these days, if someone can smell you, they are not socially distanced enough, and if they cant smell you despite being close, they likely have COVID-19. And you should move away from them.

  • KC Nwokoye
    KC Nwokoye

    Wow so funny!

  • Classical performances
    Classical performances

    her face looks different

  • Jeffrey Rydman
    Jeffrey Rydman

    She’s great! Gotta watch the show.

  • Carl System
    Carl System

    Why oh WHY would that gorgeous woman get all that plastic surgery? What a tragedy

  • Mary Jane
    Mary Jane

    She is amazing

  • Ian Sherwood
    Ian Sherwood

    She jumps over 1 metre of fire....

  • Cesar M.
    Cesar M.

    Too much plastic surgery, she looked better before

  • CatWhisperer

    There is an equivalent for April Fools Day in the Iranian culture. It's called "the lie of 13" which happens on the 13th day of Iranian New Year and it almost coincides with April 1.

  • E Martinez
    E Martinez

    I loved her kim Kardashian impression on SNL.

  • Google Google
    Google Google

    Nas = nose....Rad = bike

  • dayeeoliver

    Actually April 1st is 13/01 of persian calendar. They do have similar thing as April fools, called "lie of 13th"

  • Life with Emily syndrome; Living with Asperger's and More
    Life with Emily syndrome; Living with Asperger's and More

    Beautiful hair


    I'm surprised by how nervous she is here, her arms are literally trembling. I wouldn't expect someone who performed in front of a live audience on SNL for 5 years to be nervous in front of a minimal studio audience like the one here.

  • Hihi Hi
    Hihi Hi

    Love Nasim on SNL and Scream Queens, but I really think her new show is gonna be a big flop.

  • David Burke
    David Burke

    Scream Queens!

  • The Law of Divine Oneness
    The Law of Divine Oneness

    I was already going to watch the show but after watching this interview I want to watch it even more. I love her personality.

  • shot Johnny
    shot Johnny

    I've been waiting for _Chad_ forever. LOL. She's super funny. I loved her in the SNL skid where she played Aziz Ansari. Dead on! 😂

  • Impostor82

    Why the Botox though. She’s pretty without it

  • niacal4nia

    Actually Iranians have April's fools day called the 13th lie. 13 days after Persian new year which is on April 1st.

  • Abe Yang
    Abe Yang

    Gosh she’s 39? Wow. She hasn’t aged.

  • Abe Yang
    Abe Yang

    She’s super funny and absolutely gorgeous loved her on snl

  • Don Qey
    Don Qey

    Stop using my childhood as your show. Americans didnt get me then, they wont now.

  • self discarded king of ruin 72
    self discarded king of ruin 72

    Loved her on SNL. Will they cancel her because she plays a boy?

  • Cap Quadrat
    Cap Quadrat

    Who gives a freckin' fart?

  • Joe Link
    Joe Link

    I was sad to see her leave talented and can’t wait to see her show!! I am not a fan of all the work and fillers etc that these actors have done to themselves though?!? For one it does not look good, it looks fake and sad! Imho

  • ahnanda68

    I like her sarcasm 🙂

  • Mía Lizárraga
    Mía Lizárraga

    she is so gorgeous and hilarious

  • brejaie

    she's funny

  • Professor Dogwood
    Professor Dogwood

    5:39 Well Nasim, Iran does literally mean Aryan.

  • Professor Dogwood
    Professor Dogwood

    Nasim, you have a wonderful father, he sounds incredibly straightforward and honest. Also, I imagine the Chads in America would appreciate Persian New Year.

  • Daque Kenfor
    Daque Kenfor

    She looks like shes had some work done since SNL, she looks different.

    • John Smith
      John Smith

      She looks different than she did in Aladdin

    • Merci R.
      Merci R.

      Yes, probably fillers... She's still beautiful but looks older than she really is...

  • Arash S
    Arash S

    Wow, she's had a lot of work done on her face!

  • saman basafa
    saman basafa

    How could she not know that Iranians have the same April fools' day tradition on the 13th day of Persian New Year?!!

  • Tosh T
    Tosh T

    Guests who acknowledge Guillermo get additional points in my book. I’ve always loved Nasim. So talented.

  • Motahareh Abedi
    Motahareh Abedi

    Awww so glad she’s representing all the Iranian !

    • Amir Eghbal
      Amir Eghbal

      Whose dog do you be to call someone miserable?

    • Arian Azin
      Arian Azin

      No she's not and you're so miserable

  • Yin Yan
    Yin Yan

    Why did she left keep up with the Kardashians

  • Carlos Venegas
    Carlos Venegas

    Finally she is back now we must have her in a DC or marvel movie

    • andrew scott
      andrew scott

      @witina wanna if maslany wasnt playing she-hulk

    • cevlapod

      @witina wanna Darkseid

    • witina wanna
      witina wanna

      What character do you think she would play?

  • Altó Keyz
    Altó Keyz

    Adults Martials Arts is NOT giving the enemy the gun back . Because in class we break bones and learn to take apart guns and rebuild them . YES Martial works lol I’ve been robbed before

    • CaptPicard81

      Why are you breaking bones in class? Wouldn't that stop you from training for awhile?

  • mwahahahahaha-guy

    I love this woman.

  • J Gomez
    J Gomez

    CHAD is super cringe and has the worst rating. Nothing against her though

  • Fabrizia LN
    Fabrizia LN

    ....aaaand plastic surgery fever got her too..

    • Fabrizia LN
      Fabrizia LN

      @Toughnut the power of homologation

    • Toughnut

      She was so naturally beautiful. Why would she change her face?

  • Alex Barrera
    Alex Barrera

    I used to love her and her work, but WHY O WHY the botox???????? so, so, so sad to see it. She was such a beautiful woman!!!!! it just breaks my heart....

  • Rebecca Rich
    Rebecca Rich

    Aly was definitely one of the standout recurring characters on New Girl so it's super cool to see her getting her own time in the spotlight. I'm sure I'll end up watching this show eventually. It sounds encouraging, kinda like Pen15 in my head.

  • caryn martin
    caryn martin

    She looks like the girl on Grownish

    • caryn martin
      caryn martin

      And kinda like the girl on the show Anger Management

  • Amanda Titus
    Amanda Titus

    I can’t stop staring at that dress 😍

  • Swordterranean40

    It's been a while since I seen her! I miss her on SNL, and I also loved her in the 2019 Aladdin.

    • Drew Caton
      Drew Caton

      Lol I just watched Aladdin last night and she cracks me up the whole movie

  • MrHousecup

    I’ve seen the billboard on Sunset. I thought it might have been a show about incels.

  • Mark B. Howard
    Mark B. Howard

    She wasn't funny on SNL. Can't believe she actually got a lead on another show.

  • vivalaflav

    Haha relate a million percent to the name issues, I want a tiny keychain too!!

  • roc

    Nasim must Zoroastrian if they do the fire ritual

    • roc

      @Amir Eghbal there are some Zoroastrians in India for sure, I do not know about Iran. And if they are, most certainly they hide it.

    • Amir Eghbal
      Amir Eghbal

      It is a tradition that all Iranians do which originates from the Zoroastrian days but I am sure she is not Zoroastrian. Not that many of them anymore.

  • Javid

    If just iran was free

  • Boti Bartha
    Boti Bartha

    She is very funny 😁👍🏼

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