NOWRUZ – Persian New Year Breakdown (Kvon)

March 12, 2017

Spring is in the air and soon over 300 million people will be celebrating what is known as PERSIAN NEW YEAR or Nowruz.  “What is that?” you ask.  An ancient holiday celebrating all things SPRING.

To properly bring in the new year Persian style…
~First you jump over a campfire to kick off the holiday
~7 days later you dance and have a feast at the elaborate official Nowruz event.
~and 13 days after that, you go to a park with your family to enjoy the warm fresh air (superstitiously avoiding bad luck that comes with staying home).

Think of it as a Greatest Hits of all American holidays… Christmas, New Years, Thanksgiving, and the 4th of July all wrapped into one as gifts are being exchanged and your Aunt is telling you to eat when you were quite full three helpings ago!

This time of year was very important to ancient civilizations who depended on the mercy of nature in order to survive and roots back to well over 3,000 years ago. Zoroastrians (known as the first religion with one God instead of many) celebrated NOWRUZ (The New Day) in a big way.  And experts contend it goes back even further than that.

Even though over 20 countries and hundreds of smaller tribes have celebrated this holiday for centuries, it is very important you know Persians at one time had the largest empire and absolutely LOVE to take credit for EVERYTHING . That is why we now they affectionately call Nowruz “Persian New Year” to anyone who asks.

At this point some of you are asking what the heck is a PERSIAN / IRANIAN ?!… well check this out…
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BRIEF HISTORY:
ONCE UPON A TIME THE PERSIAN EMPIRE RULED MOST OF HUMAN CIVILIZATION. THEY CONQUERED, THRIVED, AND BROUGHT INNOVATIONS WE STILL USE TODAY, LIKE… PAJAMAS, THE WINDMILL, THE GAME OF CHESS, BRAIN SURGERY, BIRTHDAY CAKE, ICE CREAM, TAMBOURINES

WITH VARIOUS BATTLES BETWEEN THE GREEKS, MONGOLIANS, AND OTHERS, THE TERRITORY WAS REDUCED TO THE AREA KNOWN AS PERSIA…WHICH IN 1935, THEY RENAMED …IRAN.

IN 1979, IRAN HAD A HUGE REVOLUTION. MANY FLED TO VARIOUS CITIES AROUND THE WORLD TO START A NEW LIFE. THE ONE TRADITIONAL HOLIDAY THEY UNIVERSALLY HOLD ONTO WITH PRIDE AND CELEBRATE NO MATTER WHERE THEY ARE …NOWRUZ

PROOF THAT EVEN WITHOUT YOUR COUNTRY YOU STILL HAVE YOUR CULTURE

—-Watch this History Lesson on NOWRUZ here: https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10155056540218320/ —-

See, that wasn’t so bad was it?! Now instead of a Christmas tree when you attend a Persian New Year Party you will see a table called a “Haft Seen” (meaning the 7 things that start with ‘S”). This is what is on the table…
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HAFT SEEN (7 Things that Start with S) – The Table
sabze – wheat sprouts grown in a dish. Rebirth
seb apple – beauty sir – symbol of medicine
sekir… vinegar – age and patience
sumac – a spice – symbol of the color of sunrise
senjeh – berry – symbol of love
samanu- pudding – symbol of affluence extras
sonbol – flower – symbol of beauty

Then we throw in a goldfish, lit candle, mirror, and book of poetry to top it off!
( Here is a video clip which shows the HAFT SEEN and breaks it down:   https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10155056629278320/ )

But don’t worry about all the intricacies. Just find a Persian party… eat with friends, dance, and enjoy.  You may be handed some money… just take it and say thank you! Now you are partying like a true PERSIAN

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(If you want a more in depth look be sure to watch Kvon’s TEDtalk on NOWRUZ: https://www.facebook.com/KvonComedy/videos/10154015393543320/ )

Thanks checking out NOWRUZ aka Noruz aka Nahruz aka Navruz aka Nooruz aka Noorus aka _____________ fill in your spelling here (LOL)!

-Kvon
K-vonComedy.com
(for more on the holiday watch K-von’s clips on http://www.GoFundMe.com/NOWRUZ)

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2016 (year-in-review)

January 3, 2017

JAN
Started year headlining LAS VEGAS @ the Stratosphere
Released “GUBER” sketches: (see clips)

FEB
College National Showcase.  Booked a 60 College Tour
Released “Creepy Keeper” Music Video: (watch now)

MAR
Selected for the ‘San Luis Obispo’ Comedy Festival

APR
“LAUGHS” on FOX appearances (see clips)

MAY
Appeared in Maz Jobrani’s new movie ‘Jimmy Vestvood’
Wrote/Produced highest rated music video to date “That Was How We Did It” (see it here)

JUN
Landed role as Host on “TOP 30” – FOX  (see clips)

JUL
Performed a 15 day tour overseas
Filmed for MTV’s new show “ACTING OUT”

AUG
Headlined Vancouver, Canada for 8th time

SEP
Headlined show for the NAVY – USA!

OCT
Multi-City College Tour
Filmed Pilot / Tested TV shows for FOX

NOV
Filmed sketch with legendary director David Zucker (Airplane/Naked Gun/etc)
Broke finger but still alive
Headlined cruise ships in the Bahamas

DEC

Wrote/Produced/Completed short film RAIMBO (see trailer)
Worked world-famous Zanies in Chicago for 1st time (see standup clip)
Opened for J-Lo for her NYC bash on NBC
Headlined Reno / Tahoe + spent time with family

HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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www.K-vonComedy.com

NOWRUZ MOVIE – Selected by the ‘Emerge Film Festival’ (Maine)

March 10, 2015

Emerge-Laurels

Very excited to have my film take me somewhere I’ve never been.  That was always the goal!

Take a look at this article.  “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found” has been asked to be a part of the opening night festivities, & they’re adding a comedy show I’m headlining prior to hitting play on the film.  A great honorl

Full Article Here: EmergeFilmFest-15 Official Selections  (CLICK LINK not the picture)

 

'EMERGE FILM FEST' selects NOWRUZ MOVIE

‘EMERGE FILM FEST’ selects NOWRUZ MOVIE

 

Daytona Beach News Journal covers – NOWRUZ MOVIE

January 31, 2015

A nice mention in the Daytona Beach News Journal for my new film NOWRUZ: Lost & Found.

Check it out as it is being screened at a few FLORIDA venues this weekend!

DaytonaNewsJournal-NOWRUZ  (to view article, click on this link to the LEFT, NOT ON PICTURE)
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(Next cities to the see the film are  SAN DIEGO, SAN FRAN, VANCOUVER, DC, RENO, and more.  www.Kvon.tv for full screening schedule)

Orange County Register covers the ‘Irvine Intl Film Fest’ & “NOWRUZ” MOVIE

January 29, 2015
OC REGISTER - Kvon w/ IronSheik

OC REGISTER – Kvon w/ IronSheik

 

A nice mention in the ‘Orange County Register’ last week!   Check it out / look for tour dates coming to a city near you.  (releasing new dates each week)

Orange County Register” Covers – Kvon’s “NOWRUZ MOVIE”  (click link to view)

 

emai: info@K-vonComedy for the most up to date info on each screening

emai: info@K-vonComedy for the most up to date info on each screening

K’s – 2014 ‘YEAR IN REVIEW’

January 1, 2015

Each January I look back at the previous year & do a quick writeup of a few monthly highlights. You should do it as well. Save it. Then, in 30 years you can go through ’em jogging your own memory.

~ 2014 YEAR IN REVIEW~

JAN
Headlined Reno for New Year’s Week
Appeared on CNN’s HLN

FEB
Headlined Scottsdale, AZ
Headlined & filmed standup submission demo that got me onto 2 TV shows

MAR
FARHANG FILM FESTIVAL – SELECTED & WON for my movie “NOWRUZ”
Motorcycle Accident – Broken Pinky. Who breaks a pinky on a Harley?

APR
Headlined Vegas
Filmed America’s Got Talent = standing ovation from Howard Stern, Howie Mandel, Heidi Klum, & Mel B (of course they didn’t air my clip, but that wasn’t my fault!)

MAY
Filmed Lego Commercial (see clip)
Worked with well known comic ‘Bruce Bruce’ in Vegas then went to Hawaii

JUN
Filmed TEDxTalk / Filmed DUI Commercial
Performed with Tommy Davidson on a handful of shows. A true master
Headlined Brea Improv

JUL
Worked on Edit/Animation for the new “NOWRUZ” movie
Got a Free Pie for headlining a ‘Marie Calendars’. Ate it in one sitting.

AUG
PANDORA approves “Tanx God!” 1hr comedy special & creates a K-von Radio Channel
Eminem Concert (see clip)
Scored/Composed & Took Cover Art Photos for “NOWRUZ” DVD & Posters

SEP
Finished 1st Draft of “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found” movie / submitted to 30 festivals.

OCT
Created GoFundMe.com/NOWRUZ with record-breaking $’s raised (…and we needed it!)
“NOWRUZ” – SELECTED & WON at the NOOR FILM FESTIVAL

NOV
Surprise Remodeled Dad’s Garage (see clip)
Successful Fundraising Events in HOUSTON / VEGAS / D.C. / O.C. / VANCOUVER for “NOWRUZ”
Headlined Vancouver

DEC
Headlined 5th Irvine Improv Xmas Show & performed with Arsenio Hall
Hawaii for Xmas / Shows in Vegas on Xmas / Reno for New Year
NOWRUZ MOVIE = SELECTED by the RENO-TAHOE INTL FILM FEST
Ran HONOLULU MARATHON 26.2miles!
*Just Announced* “NOWRUZ” = SELECTED by the IRVINE INTL FILM FEST this January!

HAPPY NEW YEAR. HERE’S TO A GREAT 2015!

My 1st Marathon – Honolulu ’14

December 18, 2014

Went to Honolulu for a comedy show/vacation. Upon arrival I ran a few miles then went and did a heavy ‘leg day’ at my favorite gym overlooking the ocean.  That night someone asked, “Are you in town for the Honolulu Marathon?” I said, “No, when’s that?” “Tomorrow morning, 3rd biggest in the USA.  People from all over the world are flying in for it.”

Landed in Hawaii to 'Relax'

Landed in Hawaii to ‘Relax’

I’ve never run a marathon and didn’t particularly want to now, however, if people are spending thousands and I’m already here, this is a huge savings. And I LOVE SAVINGS!   Therefore, I must do this marathon. Besides, how bad could 26.2 miles be when you have palm trees, ocean, and potential whales to look at?  The following is a rough timeline of the experience:

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4:15am My hotel was 2 miles from the starting point and I didn’t want to call a cab at that hour, so I jogged over. *An extra 2 miles I didn’t need to tack on.

5:00am The gun goes off and I’m feeling great, passing thousands of people for the first 12 miles. There’s mist/fog in the air as an army of 30,000 people ran the course. It was epic.

6:45am We head into the hills of Honolulu. At the higher elevation the precipitation is heavier. Now my socks and shoes are squishy. The wind is whipping the rain back and forth. I can’t help but notice I’m no longer passing anyone.

7:30am The sun is coming up and the scenery is gorgeous, but I’m not enjoying much of it. My legs are super tired. Yesterday’s squats and lunges are looking like a bad idea. Around the 17-mile marker it began. Throngs of people started passing me.

8:00am When an athlete passes you, it’s one thing, but around mile 20 it got out of control. I was getting passed by EVERYBODY. Was this a hidden camera show? A father and his 12-year old son breezed by, then 2 people in Disney costumes with the big heavy foam heads, a little Japanese girls, followed by a grandma in flip flops. Then I hear, “On your left.” I look back and no one is there. Am I hallucinating?   Then again, “ON YOUR LEFT!” Looking back again, and then down… and that’s when I see someone in a wheel chair pushing past me UP the final hill. HUMBLED!

8:20am At mile 22 for no reason I literally cried out “PIZZA!” Still not sure why. Apparently something like that will be my final words one day. No poetic “E tu Brute?” for me.

9:10am I see the Finish Line in the distance and I’m running (shuffling my feet) towards it, but it seems to keep moving further away. The longest .2 miles of my life. I cross the line and realize since I haven’t paid, there will be no finishing t-shirt, no medal, and no official race photos… basically, no proof that this ever happened.

Marathon

The Place I Ended Up: 4hrs 10min Later

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The Hawaiian People were very supportive. Many lined up outside their homes holding out various snacks they’d made. Without question, I reached into just about every bowl, bucket, and tin tray to grab a handful of whatever offering, shoved it in my face, and kept moving. Some items were better than others. Luckily all were actual food items. Felt kinda like trick-or-treating on the run.

Going into the Marathon I had 3 goals… Don’t injure yourself, don’t stop running no matter what, and break 4hours. Accomplished the first two and was fairly close on the final one with a finishing time of 4hrs 10mins.

As you might expect, Kenyans won in the men’s and women’s division with a time of around 2 hours and 20mins. It was hard to tell which was which.

Feeling fairly good about myself for running on a whim, I looked up celebrities and their finishing times. While I did beat Oprah, Al Gore, and P Diddy, I did not beat Will Ferrel, George W Bush, or Sarah Palin. Therefore, unfortunately, this will not be my last marathon. Next time however, I will plan at least a month in advance and pay so that there’s some evidence!

Honolulu Marathon = Epic Scenery

Honolulu Marathon = Epic Scenery

K-von’s “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found” MOVIE – (PRESS RELEASE)

October 8, 2014

Here’s the info for the movie “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found”…

90 min documentary

Film:  “NOWRUZ: Lost & Found”
Written/Directed by K-von Moezzi
Featuring specials guests / celebs / scholars & more!

CLICK HERE PressRelease-NOWRUZMOVIE

(want to PreOrder a copy or read more: www.GoFundMe.com/NOWRUZ)

 

Nevada Silver & Blue – “Outta The Car” – Sum ’13

July 2, 2014

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…to view the article, click on the link above… do not click on the picture below!”

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OC Weekly – “K-von Wants To…” – May 2013

June 25, 2014

Here is a fun interview I did with “OC Weekly” in May, right before the filming of my 1-hour Comedy Special. Check it out here… 5-13-OCWeekly-K-von

…to view the article, click on the link above… do not click on the picture below!

OC Weekly - K-von Interview

OC Weekly – K-von Interview